By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

I’m sure that almost everyone has heard stories of someone who is near to death talking about visitors that are family or friends who have departed from life before them.

 

Dr. Christopher Kerr and his team at the Hospice Buffalo in New York State have documented over 14,000* cases of the dreams and visions patients have had shortly before death for ten years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbnBe-vXGQM

 

In the video, Dr. Kerr relates how in the beginning he was surprised at how accurate the nurses were at predicting the fast-approaching death of patients. The incident that got him started on his research was a patient whom he thought should be able to live a little longer through IV feeding, antibiotics and supportive care. His nurse Nancy, countered his observation by saying, “No, no he’s dying.” and when he asked her why she said, “Well, he’s seeing his deceased mother.”

 

Dr. Kerr has found that the dreams tend to be comforting and in that respect, have therapeutic value. He noted that the dreams tend to have common content, with 72% of the patients having seen people who have passed on earlier, 59% seeing dreams of preparing to go on a trip, 29% viewing scenes of people still alive and 28% reporting other meaningful experiences.

 

Dreams of the departed provided more comfort than those of the living and they tended to increase the closer the patient approached death.

 

* In the video he gives the number as fourteen hundred (1,400) but in his CBS and other interviews he reports it as 14,000 so I took the video value as a “slip of the tongue”

近寄る死の夢・幻覚

 

きっと、これを読んでいる皆様は親戚・友人などが死ぬ前に夢や幻覚を見た話しを聞いたことがある。

 

医師であるクリストファー・ケール先生と彼のチームはニューヨーク州のホスピス・バッファローで10年間で死前患者の約14,000*の夢・幻覚を記録した。

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbnBe-vXGQM

(英語ビデオ)

 

ビデオにはケール先生がホスピスで看護師が確実に患者さんの死を予告していたことに驚いた経験の話しがある。彼はある患者さんが経静脈栄養や抗生物質などでしばらく生き延びると思ったところ、『ナンシー』と言う看護師が「いいえ。彼は死にかけています。」と否定した。なぜそのようなことを言うと尋ねたら、彼女は「だって、彼は亡くなったお母さんを見ているらし。」と答えた。

 

その直後からケール先生は夢・幻覚を記録して分析した。夢・幻覚は慰めとなると解り、それによっての治療的な価値があるだとも判明した。夢・幻覚内容には共通なテーマがあることも分かった。夢・幻覚内容として72%の患者は以前亡くなった人物、59%は旅に出る、29%は生きている人物、28%はその他の意味のある経験の夢・幻覚を見た結果となった。

 

亡くなった人物の夢・幻覚は生きている人物よりも慰めとなることと、他界した人物の夢・幻覚は死が近づくと頻繁に見ることも分かった。

 

*ビデオ内では先生は1,400件と話すが、CBSなどの他のインタビューには14,000件と話したので14,000件の数字を採用した。

By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

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English books published by AELS

(AELS出版英語書籍リスト)

 

I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers

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