As death draws near, most people see ‘visions’ of dead friends and relatives – and the visits get more frequent in the hours leading up to death. Scientists from Canisius College, New York interviewed 66 patients receiving end-of-life care in a hospice. The research – into a common, but little-studied phenomenon – found that most patients reported at least one such vision per day.

Many patients said the visits ‘felt real’ – and that visions involving dead friends and relatives were the most common. The researchers write, ‘As participants approached death, comforting dreams/visions of the deceased became more prevalent, ‘The impact of pre-death experiences on dying individuals and their loved ones can be profoundly meaningful… These visions can occur months, weeks, days, or hours before death and typically lessen fear of dying, making transition from life to death easier for those experiencing them.’
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