Terminal Lucidity Reveals Mysteries about Consciousness
The ‘glow before they go’. ‘The calm before the storm’. ‘The last hurrah’. These are colloquial phrases used by hospice nurses who have all witnessed the same inexplicable phenomenon: patients with severe terminal illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, schizophrenia, cancer; even patients in comas, who suddenly sit up in bed and begin speaking clearly and lucidly to shocked family members. Patients will often laugh and joke, share memories and speak with family and friends, often with complete knowledge of their surroundings and circumstances. In some cases, a patient has displayed this incredible lucidity even if neurologically disabled from birth. The reversal is so sudden and profound that families often think a miracle cure is returning their loved one to health, but the nurses know better. In just minutes to hours, the patient will make their final transition and pass into death.
On the AllNurses forum, hospice nurses report this…
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