Have you ever wondered if someone in a near death state could hear your words or feel your presence?
Clues to the mystery of transition from earthly life are offered in accounts by individuals who have survived coma and unconscious states and from the experiences of people who care for the dying. Numerous reports from both practitioners and patients suggest that the presence of others who are loving and caring is helpful and meaningful for those who lapse into unconscious or non-communicative states near death. There has been little research, however, on the non-communicative dying to determine whether there is in fact any communication or exchange with those in their presence.
Motivated to understand more about the process of dying and ways to help people going through this process, Jeanne Denney of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, Calif. initiated a study. Her investigation explored the effects of “compassionate presence” on the mental, emotional and physical states of people near death in comatose or non-communicative states, as well as the effects on their caregivers and others who were with them.
Drawing on the Institute of HeartMath’s research on the heart’s role in “energetic communication,” Denney postulated that in these non-communicative states much of the nonverbal exchange between patients and caregivers or loved ones —such as feelings of love and compassion—could be communicated on some level via the heart’s energetic field. To provide a physical measurement of this communication, Denney used HeartMath’s emWave (formerly called Freeze-Framer®) heart rhythm monitor to record the heart rhythm patterns of hospice patients and volunteers–“sitters”–who were holding a state of loving compassion in their presence.
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