Suddenly the bright lights of the hospital room gave way to a darkness that seemed to envelop me. I could still hear the voices of those people around me, but I could no longer blink my eyes or squeeze a hand. From a distance I heard familiar voices calling to me and after a moment or two I realized what was happening to me. I was drifting away ... I knew that it was time for me to let go of the life that I had come to know and begin my journey to the unknown. In a blink of an eye I could see there before me the most important moments of my lifetime, and then, just as quickly as it had begun, it was over.
"Can he hear us?" I heard my loving wife asked the nurse.
" We just don't know," came the reply. " But if there is something you want to tell him, then this is the time ."
I wanted to speak, to moan, to wiggle my foot. If there was just something that would let them know, but I could not. All at once I noticed forms taking shape all about me. There surrounding my bed were the faces of my loved ones who had passed on. My father, mother, grandparents, cousins, and friends. I felt both joy and sadness. I was not yet ready to leave my wife, children and grandchildren,and yet, I was happy to be reunited with those people who had been so dear to me. You may as well go home" , the nurse told my wife, adding that they would call if there was any change during the night.
"Don't go." I wanted to say. I knew that my time was growing short and I wanted to spend as much of it as I could with my family. Then, one by one they came to my bedside and said yheir "goodnights," They knew too that this was "good-bye". As my pain began to ease, I began to look forward to what might lie ahead. After all, death was not an experience which I had much knowledge of. And although I didn't enjoy watching their faces as they left the room, I was glad that my pain was nearing the end. I knew that God had His reasons for taking me home now, and that it was not a decision that was made lightly.
Before long the pain which I had felt for the past few weeks was completely and totally gone. I felt like a kid again, like there was nothing that I couldn't do! I took a step and kicked up my heels. I found myself giggling like a little boy and all manner of worries were gone.
I was surrounded by all of the good souls which had come to this place before me and I felt peace. The kind of peace that only comes from complete and total love, and I knew that what I had heard was true, that there really was a heaven.