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Glimpses Of Heaven

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Published (first published April 1st 2008)
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    Kerri
    Dec 31, 2012 Kerri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A friend who is studying to be a palliative care nurse pulled this book out of her purse one day, and it struck me as just the kind of thing that we need to understand better and be able to talk about. What is the dying experience like, and can learning about it help us to be less afraid, and more helpful to loved ones who are dying?

    I got this book for Christmas and read it in a couple of days - it's an easy read, and each of the 40 or so stories pushes you on irresistibly to the next. The book
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    Shari Larsen
    Apr 12, 2012 Shari Larsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey
    by Trudy Harris, R.N.

    Trudy Harris began her career as a hospice nurse in 1981. This collection of over 40 stories, including that of her parents, offers glimpses of what lies beyond, and what the living can learn from the dying.

    I picked this book to read for two reasons; I lost my dad in August, and I was with him when he died. I was hoping this book would offer some measure of comfort that he went peacefully and unaf
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    Greg
    Aug 20, 2010 Greg rated it liked it
    Glimpses of Heaven is another in the genre of non-fiction examining "life after life" stories. This one varies in at least three ways from others I've read.

    First, it is not even remotely scientific, nor does it pretend to be. In fact, the author (Trudy Harris) clearly evinces a religious bias and it infuses her interpretation of virtually every experience. That isn't necessarily bad; it just is, and each reader must make his or her own judgment. I'm OK with that.

    Second, it is not about near-dea
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    Peg
    Mar 23, 2014 Peg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I lost my 100-year-old Mother last year and reading this book has given me peace and comfort. I often wondered about a 'dream' my Mother said she had about a year before her passing. This book cleared up my thoughts about her dream and I know now that it was not a dream.

    Trudy Harris worked as a devoted hospice nurse for many years and shares some of her experiences with dying patients. She relates how people say they feel, requests they make, and what they envision and say at the end. She was ab
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    Brenda
    Mar 07, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: grief
    This is a book about stories about life and the ending of life. There are all types of stories for every type of person. Some I could relate to, some not. Being a cancer survivor and still being checked monthly, its a little nerve-racking to read these stories. Life is short but these stories are inspiring and we all will die in the end. Knowing and believing in God and His Peace helps make life easier.
    Nancy
    Feb 05, 2011 Nancy rated it it was ok
    If I were an unquestioning believer in God and all that goes along with that belief in our culture, this book might have had some soothing influence. However, I don't think that every person on the verge of death can so blithely believe that all is light and wonder. I think the book ignores all the angst that goes along with death and what it causes the dying to experience as they go through it. I would not recommend this book.
    Linda
    Oct 29, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Stories are very similar, but that is the point. Very comforting and healing. Helps me to understand the journey of dying from each personal experience. Wish I had read it before I lost my Dad; particularly the part about a dying person's need to discuss this journey.
    This hospice nurse is truly amazing, both in her ability to love each patient and her ability to record these experiences.
    Chrisy
    May 17, 2010 Chrisy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    The title does not match the content--with this title, I think I'm going to read "beyond and back" stories, which is not the case. So, my gripe isn't really with the content, but with the marketing. Unfortunately, it goes hand-in-hand and it’s never a good thing when the reader feels duped.
    Mary Alice
    So much of what I saw in my mother's transition to heaven three months ago from Alzheimer's was similar to the journeys related in this book. It made me feel secure in my hopes for my own death journey some day.
    Toni Wyatt
    After going through Hospice with my father recently, I will say that the book helped in some ways, but in others I found it a bit far-fetched. It gives unrealistic expectations to families who have a loved one in Hospice. I would suggest reading the Hospice booklet, 'When the Time Comes', for a better idea of what to expect during this difficult time. Maybe some are alert and talking toward the end, but that is certainly not the case for the majority.
    Peni
    Dec 24, 2016 Peni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Please see individual stories for review.
    Cahlin
    Mar 12, 2015 Cahlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Glimpses of Heaven starts off with Trudy Harris, who is both the author and the “Main Character”, getting into the first of many short stories throughout the book. Trudy is both a courageous and well spoken woman who doesn't give much much info about her younger years but throughout the book you come to learn that her family must have been very compassionate and, through subtle hints, get the feeling that she grew up in a average family who was very involved with the church. As she explains her ...more
    Ellen
    Apr 27, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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    I started reading this book comprised of short stories that allow the reader to enter the most intimate moments in peoples lives.

    What is that most intimate moment? It's the moment when they come to the realizatio
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    Loraine
    Trudy Harris began her career with Hospice in 1981, eventually becoming the president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. This collection of more than forty true stories of Harris's patients offers readers an incredible glimpse at what lies beyond and what the living can learn from the dying. Her patients have described to her visions of angels and loved ones who have gone on before, the sounds of ethereal music, colors that did not exist on earth.

    I very much enjoyed this book and found the s
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    Angie
    Dec 21, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a glorious book. It is about Trudy Harris who is a Hospice nurse. Trudy is an amazing person. She spends time with dying people to comfort them physically by keeping them out of pain but also spiritually about what will happen at the patients lasts moments. You might think why read about people dying? For one reason how beautiful it is when life comes full circle and you go back home to God. When you read the book you get a close look at all the amazing ways God comforts the dying and ho ...more
    Terri
    Jul 29, 2011 Terri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: short-stories
    The book is definitely glimpses, each chapter is 1-3 pages long. After a while, though, the stories are the same, different only for the ages of the people being written about. I sure would like to know what retirement home where this writer works, though...every elderly person seems to balk at going to it, then says how 'beautiful' it is. Having had first-hand experience, I don't think there's any real home in this catageory...unless you pay a large premium for it. And, I remain somewhat cynica ...more
    Lynne
    Jun 27, 2016 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a collection of short anecdotes based on the author's many years of working as a nurse with terminal patients. Many of them are deeply moving, and there are also some lovely insights into dying well and with dignity. The author has a strong Christian bias, and while I don't have a problem with that, I could've done without some of the evangelical commentary. The stories should be allowed to speak for themselves. It also surprises me that during this time, she never seems to have encounte ...more
    Ruth
    Dec 04, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The author, Trudy Harris, a nurse taking care of the terminally ill and dying for over 32 years wrote this book from stories that she has experienced over the years. She is obviously a woman of strong faith and wants to give the message of what she has learned from being with so many at the time of their death. Trudy details things that the dying have said and seen as they get ready to pass from this life into the next. What she describes is comforting to both those facing death and the people w ...more
    Barbara M
    Mar 06, 2014 Barbara M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The author, Trudy Harris, was a hospice nurse for 22 years. She devoted her life to hospice work and also served as the leader of a Hospice association raising funds to expand hospice services. "Glimpses of Heaven" is a book of stories about some of her most memorable patients.
    The stories are very moving and touching.....but above all the stories are all filled with hope and peace.

    Trudy is a bit of "heaven on earth" to patients and their families in making the transition from life to death.

    I lea
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    Valerie Mendenhall
    I wasn't sure if I would like this book, since I was skeptical about it inferring we can enter the afterlife (heaven or hell) and return to earth. But I was attracted to the book because my father had gone through his end of life demise with cancer and he was treated so caringly by the home hospice staff, one of whom became our new neighbor. So I thought I'd give it a chance. I was impressed by the simplicity of the stories and the insights shared by the author as she serves in her vocation. End ...more
    Cindy
    Jun 26, 2014 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2014
    This is an excellent book to read if you are dealing with a loved one dying. It will give you an idea of what the process is like through many short stories. The author was a hospice nurse that helped people pass with peace. Everyone should have someone like her with them towards the end of life.

    At this time in my life, I am going through a lot of emotions. My mother will be ending her life journey soon and I wish she had someone like Trudy to help her pass peacefully. But she is fighting death
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    Annie
    Aug 25, 2008 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I like NDE works, especially if well-documented and based on objective research. This book is neither NDE or objective, but it was a good read nonetheless. The author is very clear about her religious view of the events she records and she is overt in her expression of the emotional content they hold for her. This book is an expression of faith and of the author's desire to share with readers the privilege she has had of witnessing and participating in the passage from mortality of so many patie ...more
    Barbara Bingham
    Death rate for ALL of us is and always will be 100%! Read this!

    Whether you think of yourself as a "religious" or not, you will die someday. It's matter of when, where, and how are the
    only unknowns. This book of true stories will help you share the hope and the peace of the "beginning", not the ending of your life. You will appreciate and enjoy, yes enjoy, reading "Glimpes of Heaven."
    Patricia
    May 08, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, but I was truly amazed. I worked the oncology unit back in the days before hospice and I was by the bedside of many a dying patient. Those were the days when you didn't talk religion with patients. What a missed opportunity. I watched many reach out or call out a passed loved ones name.
    Unfortunately I started reading this on the day my daughter was informed of more cancer in her breast than previously thought. I didn't know if I could read
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    Rick Swanson
    Feb 15, 2014 Rick Swanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Well written and Heartfelt

    Well written and Heartfelt

    I found this to be an interesting read although I personally am not as deeply rooted in religion as the author. I have cared for family members in final stages of their lives and have not found the process as easy for them as she describes in this book. Perhaps my loved ones just had difficult deaths. Hospice has assisted but I have never had the privilege of the hospice nurse being in attendance longer than about 30 minutes when they visited.
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    Honda Janak
    Mar 27, 2014 Honda Janak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book truly was touching and eye-opening. Written by an end of life hospice RN and counselor she shares intimate stories of her times with her patients, most considering her as friend or family because of her compassion and acute sense of what is transpiring before her. I've had two experiences of being present during the death of a loved one. I wish I had had this book available to me during those younger years. I found the author's insight and awareness of unspoken needs of the dying one c ...more
    Georgia Herod
    Trudy Harris is a retired RN, who spent most of her life working as a hospice nurse. The title accurately describes the contents: she has written out the experiences of many of her patients with whom she has had the privilege of sharing the sanctity and dignity of human life in the final days of their lives. Powerful stories of God’s loving peace and presence—and its importance in dying.

    While I at times wondered about the author's theology, I appreciated her pointing to God and Christ and the v
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    Ann237
    This book was amazing, I was unable to put it down. Written by a HOSPICE nurse, it really brought me back to all the experiences that I had the blessing of sharing with those during their final journey as well, when I worked in HOSPICE. The journey of life is a special one without a doubt especially with those we share it with, but I came to find that the journey to the other side is a much more sacred relationship, and one that cannot but humble the most stoic at heart. I came to realize that m ...more
    Hannah
    Dec 09, 2008 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Trudy Harris worked as a hospice nurse for many years, and she has had a lot of experience with dying patients and their last weeks, days, hours, and even moments before their death. Each chapter in this book is about a different person who she has interacted with, and how has God has worked eveything out. I especially liked the stories in which the dying person(like in "Grandfather", "Mommy", etc.)sees Jesus or an angel. Even though this book became rather tiresome after awhile and the writing ...more
    Edie
    Apr 04, 2011 Edie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I read this book since my dad was diagnosed in Nov with inoperable pancreatic cancer. I found this an interesting read. Ms. Harris simply recounts several stories of patients from over 25 years working in hospice care. She comes to realize and concludes that God in His mercy truly does all He can to bring a person to a saving knowledge of Him... never coerced or scared into a decision... gently drawn into His Love. I found Ms. Harris to be a wonderful comfort to many at the end of their days. So ...more
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