Mathilda’s Weird World Weblog

December 13, 2008

Deathbed phenomena

Filed under: Ghosts, strange but true — Tags: , , — mathilda37 @ 1:55 pm

A lot of people (a bit more than half of those conscious near the end) report deathbed visits from relatives or religious figures, or of seeing the afterlife. Quite interestingly, they are lesslikely to have these visions if they are on serious medications or in an altered state of consciousness, which weakens the case for it all being down to hallucinations.

I’ve known quite a few medical staff (nurses and paramedics) and they’ll all tell you one ghost story, or about a patient that’s seen a deathbed vision. It seems that these may now be taken seriously enough to warrant a study. It’s been suggested that sharing their experiences with the medical staff around them helps them to deal with the after effects of the patients death.

Deathbed phenomena and their effect on a palliative care team: a pilot study.

Brayne S, Farnham C, Fenwick P.
Palliative Care Team, Camden Primary Care Trust, London, United Kingdom.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that death may be heralded by deathbed phenomena (DBP) such as visions that comfort the dying and prepare them spiritually for death. Medical practitioners have been slow to recognize DBP, and there has been little research into the spiritual effect that DBP have on caregivers or on how these phenomena influence their work. A pilot study looking into the occurrence of DBP was conducted by the palliative care team at Camden Primary Care Trust. Interviews revealed that patients regularly report these phenomena as an important part of their dying process, and that DBP are far broader than the traditional image of an apparition at the end of the bed. Results of the interviews raise concerns about the lack of education or training to help palliative care teams recognize the wider implications of DBP and deal with difficult questions or situations associated with them. Many DBP may go unreported because of this. Results of this pilot study also suggest that DBP are not drug-induced, and that patients would rather talk to nurses than doctors about their experiences.

Ghost Photographs

Filed under: Ghosts — Tags: , — mathilda37 @ 1:20 pm

First let me state I believe in ghosts. Having stuff thrown at you by one is a real eye opener, and the same spook tried to beat down the bathroom door once, to the point where pictures fell off the wall. Having said that, I’m very suspicious when anyone else claims to have seen one, particularly when they claim to have a photo. Half of the images are either double exposures or just vaguely humanoid looking shadows. Most of the rest are fakes.

This one is a still of a CCTV, from Hampton Court Palace. This I think was a publicity stunt to get in the tourists. The CCTV footage looks very professionally done.

Ghostly Grip

This one was taken on a mobile phone, so it rules out a double exposure. I’m putting this one into the ‘possibly real’ category, unlike most of them. It could have been done on a computer.

This picture was taken inside the infamous ‘Amityville’ house. Bullshit horror story aside, this was the scene of a massacre that wiped out six people. This image was discovered sometime after it was taken (years). A professional photographer set his camera up to shoot infrared all through the night. This sole image was the only one from rolls of film, and was discovered when putting the book together for publication (I saw the interview with the photographer years ago). It has a good resemblance to the youngest Defeo boy, who died aged nine.

I think this is the most likely to be real. Still, most ghost photos are BS.

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