Not trying to be morbid here everyone, but have you ever been at the bedside of someone who was in the process of transitioning from this life? I'm curious about this as I was thinking of my dad today and reflecting on what I experienced when he passed away back in Feb. of '04 (it's hard for me to believe it's been almost 6 years ago now). Although the circumstances were tragic, our whole family (as well as some friends) were fortunate enough to be with him, surrounding his bed where he lay at the hospital. The attending physician removed his lifesupport and we stood and waited for him to take his last breath.
It was quite surreal as I'd never experienced a moment like this in my life and I knew everyone who stood witness were dealing with this situation in their own private way. Just moments before he slipped away, he suddenly opened his eyes (he'd been virtually unresponsive over the last couple of days aside from the occasional reflexive motions). My daughter, 18 at the time, was standing next to his head and suddenly moved closer shouting 'Grandpa', but he just stared straight ahead without appearing to notice her facing directly in front of him. He remained like that for only a moment before closing his eyes again. It seemed as though he'd noticed something that was invisible to the rest of us. It was shortly after that when the doctor placed his stethoscope against his chest and shook his head telling us he was gone.
At that point, I remember everything seemed particularly bright in the room and as I looked around, I wondered if he was watching us and if he was at peace. I know that when it was my turn to give him a kiss goodbye, I was very aware that the shell laying before me was not my dad and if you can believe it, I almost felt a little bit of envy. As though, he now had the answers to the universe and us poor saps in the physical had been left completely in the dark (I know better now).
Anyway, that's my story. It was quite the experience and instead of being something horrifying, it was an extremely unique and special moment...one that i'll never forget. I'd really love to hear if anyone has had any of their own spiritual/mystical experiences in regards to this. Thanks!