A Hospice Doctor Opens Up About End-of-Life Experiences

By Rachel Puryear

Death is a part of life. It’s one thing that unites us all. It’s also something people don’t talk about much, considering how impactful, and how universal death and dying are.

Having asked many people about the subject of death, I have heard and read many stories from regular people about their experiences. It is quite common for people to report unexplained events that occurred either when they nearly died themselves, or when a loved one nearly or actually died. Many people don’t realize that what they report is actually quite common for others to also report. No one knows exactly what causes some of these events, and many people take spiritual meanings and hope from them.

Doctor’s hands on elderly patient’s hand.

Dr. Christopher Kerr, Chief Medical Officer and CEO of Hospice & Palliative Care in Buffalo, NY, conducted a small study about what he called end-of-life experiences – profound experiences people commonly have when they are close to dying. (This doctor is also very highly rated by patients, according to Medical Grades, a popular consumer site for reviewing doctors and other medical providers.)

End-of-life experiences include dreams and visions about seeing already-deceased loved ones, preparing to travel somewhere, seeing spiritual figures, and other past meaningful experiences. People tended to find the dreams about pre-deceased loved ones to be the most comforting.

According to Dr. Kerr, from the patients he studied, he obtained the following results:

  • 88% of them reported having at least one end-of-life experience.
  • 99% reported that their dream or vision felt real.
  • 60% found their experiences comforting, while 19% found them distressing.

Read more about this fascinating research here.


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