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Strange Deathbed Mist & Light Explained by Michael Tymn

Posted on 04 October 2010, 22:09

In his recently-released book Glimpses of Eternity, Dr. Raymond Moody, (below) who is known primarily for his pioneering work in near-death experiences, explores the area of deathbed visions and shared-death experiences. In one chapter, Moody discusses a strange mist that is sometimes reported over a deathbed.  “They describe it in various ways,” he writes. “Some say that it looks like smoke, while others say it is as subtle as steam.  Sometimes it seems to have a human shape.  Whatever the case, it usually drifts upward and always disappears fairly quickly.”

raymond moody

Moody and co-author Paul Perry quote a Georgia doctor who twice saw a mist coming up from deceased patients.  The doctor explained that as the patients died they lit up with a bright glow, their eyes shining with a silvery light.  The mist formed over the chest and hovered there, as the doctor observed closely and saw that the mist had depth and complex structure. He further said that it seemed to have layers with energetic motion in it.  During the second occurrence, the doctor felt an unseen presence standing beside him and seemingly waiting for the patient to die.

A hospice psychologist is quoted by Moody as saying that the misty clouds which form above the head or chest seem to have an electrical component to them. A nurse reported seeing a mist rising from many patients as they die, including her father, with whom she saw the mist rise from his chest “as if off a still river,” and then hovering for a few seconds before dissipating.

The bright glow witnessed by the Georgia doctor has also been reported by many other deathbed observers. Moody quotes one man as saying that the room became “uncomfortably bright,” so bright that he couldn’t shut it out even when he closed his eyes.  A hospice nurse reported seeing a “luminous presence floating near the bed, shaped somewhat like a person.”  In the same case, the head nurse saw the light in the room and light coming from the dying person’s eyes but did not observe the presence.

Moody tells of his own experience as he and other family members gathered at the bed of his dying mother.  Among some other strange things, they all saw an unusual light in the room.  “It was like looking at light in a swimming pool at night,” Moody explains.
 
There are countless reports of dying people having visions of light and seeing loved ones gathering, but skeptics discount them as hallucinations.  However, as Moody points out, it is one thing to claim that the dying person is hallucinating, quite another to claim that healthy people in the room are sharing in the hallucination with the dying person.  He discusses a number of other shared experiences at deathbeds and opines that they tell us more about the afterlife than the NDE and that they are “the key to proving the existence of an afterlife.” (It should be kept in mind that calling something an “hallucination” does not mean it is not “real.”  It is just not objectively real.)

Caregivers Often Witness 

Such misty vapors and “lights” around the deathbed have been reported by other researchers, including Dr. Bernard Laubscher, (below) a South African psychiatrist.  “I was told by different ‘Tant Sannies’ (caregivers) how while watching at the bedside of the dying one with one or two candles burning they had seen the formation of a faint vaporous body, an elongated whitish purplish-like cloud; parallel with the dying person and about two feet above the body,” Laubscher wrote in a 1975 book, Beyond Life’s Curtain.  “Gradually this cloudlike appearance became denser and took on the form, first vaguely and then more definitely, of the person in the bed.  This process continued until the phantom suspended above the body was an absolute replica of the person, especially the face.”

bernard laubscher

Laubscher further reported that these caregivers, some of whom were apparently clairvoyant, reported seeing a ribbon-like cord stretching from the back of the phantom’s head to the body below and that the phantom would begin to glow as it was fully formed. “They noticed that some were more luminous than others and there was a light all around the outline of the [phantom], which I could only compare to a neon tube,” Laubscher added, going on to say that as the phantom righted itself the connecting cord thinned out as if it was fraying away.  Sometimes these clairvoyant caregivers would report joyous faces of other deceased gathering around to welcome the person to the spirit world before the “silver cord” was severed and the visions ceased.

As Laubscher came to understand it, the vaporous material has the same makeup as ectoplasm, the mysterious substance given off by physical mediums before materializations.  It acts as sort of a “glue” in bonding the physical body with the spirit body, and the more materialistic a person the denser the ectoplasm and the more difficulty the person has in “giving up the ghost.”

In their excellent 2008 book, The Art of Dying, Dr. Peter Fenwick, a renowned British neuropsychiatrist, and Elizabeth Fenwick also discuss the “smoke,” “grey mist,” or “white mist” which leaves the body at death.  “Sometimes it will hover above the body before rising to disappear through the ceiling, and it is often associated with love, light, compassion, purity, and occasionally with heavenly music,” they write, adding that not everyone who is in the room sees it.

The Fenwicks quote a woman named Penny Bilcliffe, who was present when her sister died:  “I saw a fast-moving ‘Will ‘o the Wisp’ appear to leave her body by the side of her mouth on the right.  The shock and the beauty of it made me gasp.  It appeared like a fluid or gaseous diamond, pristine, sparkly, and pure, akin to the view from above of an eddy in the clearest pool you can imagine…It moved rapidly upwards and was gone.”

In his 1970 book, Out of the Body Experiences, Dr. Robert Crookall quotes Dr. R. B. Hout, a physician, who was present at the death of his aunt.  “My attention was called…to something immediately above the physical body, suspended in the atmosphere about two feet above the bed.  At first I could distinguish nothing more than a vague outline of a hazy, fog-like substance.  There seemed to be only a mist held suspended, motionless.  But, as I looked, very gradually there grew into my sight a denser, more solid, condensation of this inexplicable vapor.  Then I was astonished to see definite outlines presenting themselves, and soon I saw this fog-like substance was a assuming a human form.”

Hout then saw that the form resembled the physical body of his aunt.  The form hung suspended horizontally a few feet above the body.  When the phantom form appeared complete, Hout saw his aunt’s features clearly.  “They were very similar to the physical face, except that a glow of peace and vigor was expressed instead of age and pain. The eyes were closed as though in tranquil sleep, and a luminosity seemed to radiate from the spirit body.”

Hout then observed a “silverlike substance” streaming from the head of the physical body to the head of the spirit body.  “The colour was a translucent luminous silver radiance.  The cord seemed alive with vibrant energy.  I could see the pulsations of light stream along the course of it, from the direction of the physical body to the spirit ‘double.’  With each pulsation the spirit body became more alive and denser, whereas the physical body became quieter and more nearly lifeless…”

When the pulsations of the cord stopped, Hout could see various strands of the cord snapping.  When the last connecting strand snapped, the spirit body rose to a vertical position, the eyes opened, and a smile broke from the face before it vanished from his sight.


Ectoplasm on the Battlefield

“I have seen ectoplasm on the battlefield,” a young soldier was quoted in the January 25, 1945 issue of Psychic Observer by reporter Ed Bodin. “I have watched it emanate from a badly wounded soldier and then disappear as that soldier breathed his last.  One hillbilly comrade from Kentucky called it ‘soul mist,’ revealing that many natives in his part of the country considered it quite a normal thing, although they seldom talked about it.”

Because his orthodox Christian family frowned on discussion of such occult matters, the young soldier asked not to be identified.  However, he went on to tell how, after being wounded by shrapnel, another soldier lay badly wounded about 10 feet from him.  “I looked at him with pity, forgetting my own pain.  Then in the deepening twilight I saw strange smoke begin to curl above him as though coming from his stomach as he lay on his back moaning.  The stump of his arm was in the thick mud congealing the blood to some extent and making death slower.

“Then I remembered what my friend had said about soul-mist, and I watched fascinated as the ectoplasm became denser and began to flow toward me.  For a moment I thought I saw in it the face of a kindly old lady.  Presently it reached me and for a second I was bewildered by the strange sensation that came over me.  I felt stronger.  With my left arm I raised myself and began to crawl to the dying soldier.  I reached for my canteen of water.  The mist was still around me, and with a sudden effort I was on my feet, and beside the soldier.”

The other soldier died and the young soldier telling the story rose and walked nearly a mile to the Red Cross representative.  He remained unconscious for three days and medical attendants later told him that they could not understand how he had lived, to say nothing of walking the near mile to safety.  “…to my dying day, I shall believe the ectoplasm from the body of that dying soldier had helped me in a mysterious way,” the young soldier added.  “It had given me sufficient strength to save my life.  That soul-mist of a sacrificed soldier was like the spiritual light of Jesus about whom it was said: ‘He could save others, but not Himself’.”

Michael Tymn is the author of The Afterlife Revealed: What Happens After We Die, Resurrecting Leonora Piper: How Science Discovered the Afterlife, and Dead Men Talking: Afterlife Communication from World War I.


Comments

My mother was dying from a rare brain illness ! At the end she couldn’t speak or use your hands. It was very frustrating for everyone as she couldn’t communicate with us. She developed pneumonia & was given morphine. My brother and sister were at my moms house with me as we knew she didn’t have much time left.  The time came when she was no longer responsive. It was very late and we were all exhausted and went to lay down for a while. I don’t know why One of us didn’t stay with her. I’ll always have the guilt of this as she died alone!  I had kissed her forehead told her how much I love her and that if she wanted to go that it was OK. Then I went to bed. About 3 o’clock in the morning I was woken up with this huge energy coming up threw my right side and passing threw my body! I sat up as it happened terrified!  I knew my mom that just passed.  And I was so terrified over what had just happened to me I couldn’t go in her room to check.  When I could finally bring myself to go in she was gone. I went in and woke my brother and he told me the exact same thing had happened to him. My sister who was sleeping in the front room felt nothing.  Other people speak of comfort and just sadness when a loved one dies.  I feel guilty my mom passed alone!  I wonder if this energy I felt was her fear when she died. She was always afraid of death and at the end you could tell she was so scared but couldn’t speak ,you could see in her eyes.  I’ve been looking to see if others have gone through this. They only speak of a light or A mist!  Not a terrifying energy that rushes threw your body.

Connie, Thu 15 Nov, 12:22

I was with my Aunt who was my best friend and more of a Mom to me. After her passing I felt something “lift”, I had been crying and let out a breath. A long stream of blue smoke came out of me. It went across the room and out the door. Has anyone experienced this? I know what I felt and saw. It was not my imagination.

Lisa, Wed 12 Sep, 07:05

First, sorry for my bad english, in my county we speak portuguese. I am very happy to have found reports of experiences with this white smoke, because I imagined that I was the only one who had experienced similar experience. My father died 18 years ago of a heart attack during the night while we were asleep. inexplicably I awakened in the middle of the night in an abrupt way with a strange thirst, but which was not physiological thirst, was a different thirst, which I can not describe. I got up and went to the kitchen to get some water, and when I got there I found my father dead on the floor and we could not do anything to save him.
The next night, during his funeral, I walked alone through the cemetery where he would be buried, and some 10 meters away, I saw a condensed white smoke, like a cloud, with the size and shape of a person. this form was lowered looking down, and suddenly it rose in a very fast movement, stood for about 5 seconds and disappeared very fast, shrinking to fade.
I went back to the funeral room and told to my family and friens, but obviously no one believed me.
I’m sure of what I saw, because the scene lasted for about 10 seconds, and I was totally lucid.
It was not smoke or mist, because these, besides not moving, slowly dissipate. What I saw had the solid form and proper movement.
I am very critical of these matters, but I am very grateful to have been through this experience, otherwise it would probably be very difficult for me to believe in these matters.

Marcos Ferrari, Sun 17 Jun, 16:31

Interesting, but I can only guess that you are clairvoyant and are seeing od, or odic force (the life force or life principle) emanating from yourself and others. I believe it is the same thing as the “soul mist” discussed in this blog post, but why you would be seeing it in non-deathbed situations I have no idea.  Thanks for sharing. If you figure it out, please let us know.

Michael Tymn, Fri 15 Jun, 08:34

I see white smoke coming off my hands mostly and also other parts of me, sometimes I can see it off other people too. But iam not dead , has anyone any answers as to what this might be?? I would appreciate any feedback. Thank you.

Rachel, Thu 14 Jun, 23:40

My sister had stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I was her caregiver.
Charlotte my older sister and I knew that something was gonna happened to her that night so we stayed up with her all night. Sitting by her side talking to her holding her hand. When I heard her gurgle or something when I looked, there was a buff of smoke, like when your outside in the cold and you can see your breath, came out of her mouth.  I was so shocked I asked my sister did you see that? She didn’t see it but I know what I saw and it was real. At first I thought I was going crazy, then I looked it up and others have had the same experience.
Thank you DeDe for allowing me to experience that

Rene’, Sat 14 Apr, 03:23

My only aunt passed away when I was a child. At her wake, I remember seeing a black/dark grey funnel of smoke spinning above her chest. It was short in height but it was very wide. It took up most of her torso area. It also spun very slowly. I remember trying to touch it but my dad pulled my hand away and said not to touch her. I asked if he saw it too but he didn’t. My mom was surprised to hear that I saw it because she saw it also. I wonder what it was?

Hazy, Mon 26 Feb, 03:40

Thanks to Nando and all others who have shared their experiences.  The cumulative testimony certainly points to the reality of soul mist.

Michael Tymn, Sat 3 Feb, 04:53

This is something I share with many people. It is meant to give comfort in knowing there is more out there waiting for us all. On November 26 2016 my brother in law Joe who was a best friend to me passed in a hospital room after being in a coma for almost 2 weeks. We all were gathered around him when he was pronounced dead by the Doctor. Soon everyone started to leave the room to go home and console his wife, (my wife’s sister) and each other. As my wife and I were leaving I noticed Joe was going to be alone. I told my wife I am going to stay with him until the orderlies come to take him away.  Then it was just Joe and I in the room, I sat talked to him and prayed. A nurse came in we spoke, I told her what a great person Joe was. I was lucky to know him. I made her cry a little. Then she told me she has never seen anyone stay with the body before like this. Families tend to scatter once someone is pronounced dead.  A couple of minutes later, another sister in law and her husband came in. They said their good byes to Joe. The nurse then walks in and tells us “Can you step out of the room, we are going to clean him up now and take all the tubes out. We are going to put him in a body bag”. My sister in law and brother in law said they could not bare to see him like that. I told them don’t worry I will stay with Joe to the end, then they left. I went back into the room, it was just Joe and I again.  As I sat there, I saw the bag. White and pristine. I spoke to Joe, I prayed, I cried, I had my head in my hand. I said Joe, I’ll stay with you here until the end, but I hope you are not waiting around for me. If you have to go somewhere go. At that moment I was looking straight at the body bag. I saw a very thin mist or smoke rise from the body bag about 4 feet in the air. When it got to about 4 feet in the air it disappeared so fast. The only way I can describe is if you have ever seen a jet break the sound barrier. One second it is there, then it is gone. The look on my face was like, “no one will believe me,” but I don’t care I know what I saw. There was a camera in that hospital room. I always wonder what it could of picked up. I know it must have gotten the look on my face. The orderlies came about 20 minutes later and I asked them this, “take care of my brother.” The next day I looked on the internet and saw articles that this is actually a thing that happens.  It makes me think, why do we need these bodies if we have some kind of spirit already that floats around? I came to the realization we use our bodies, these shells as a tool, to make bonds through life with love ones, friends. It’s how we connect. Once you have your connections no one or nothing can take that away from you. Not even death. So now I try to make as many good connections as I can, that will stay with me into the next life. Not money, not power, but pure love. That is the true secret to life, happiness, understanding and strength. Thank you for your website Michael Tymn.

Nando Caldarone, Fri 2 Feb, 08:22

January 20, 2018 my good friend passed away at the age of 54 due to liver cirrhosis I was not present at her death, But I got the call half an hour after she died and I mediately began talking to her I picked up my phone and began videoing around the house asking if she’s here if she could hear me and I captured her spirit it was like a tiny spark of light the dirt around and hovered over me closer to the ceiling and then darted away and wonder if I’m going to see her again I really hope so

Terri, Sun 21 Jan, 21:12

Three days after I watched my brother-in-law take his last breath and die in hospice, I was laying on my couch in the middle of the afternoon and I felt and saw a misty Cloud Mass looming behind me. I am mediately got up and looked around and it flew away and disappeared quickly right in front of me. I’ve never experienced anything like that before.

Cathy, Fri 24 Nov, 00:37

The hospice chaplain said she had only a few hours. I asked my mother, “if you can, let me know that you’re okay after you leave?” She wiggled her eyebrows in agreement. An hour and forty-seven minutes later, sleeping on a cot next to her I was awakened by every sound imaginable. Bells, horns, voices. Then a hard push upward. The room was quiet. I said Mom. Staring at her face, she took a last deep breath and then her face froze. It looked liked she turned off. Then a white-blue mist appeared above her chest area. It acknowledged my presence and then anxiously went through me and out the window. I believe that my mother died and was born on July 28, 2017. I know that she is alright.

Joanne, Wed 22 Nov, 20:21

God tells us in the KJB, and I quote:
     
“ABSENT FROM THE BODY, PRESENT WITH THE LORD.”

You all received a blessing from God, when you witnessed exactly what He tells us in the BIBLE.  Torchy Massie

Torchy Massie, Sun 12 Nov, 03:12

My mother in law was the sweetest most joy-filled Christian I’ve ever known.  There were four of us sitting in her hospice room.  The nurse had just left the room for a moment.  I was sitting at the foot of her bed.  The others were a few feet away talking together in low voices.  My MIL was breathing raggedly but steadily.  I saw a beautiful pearly mist come up from her face and hover over her chest.  I stood and stared for a few moments.  I removed my glasses and cleaned them thinking they had fogged.  I put them on and the mist remained swirling like smoke.  I turned to the others and told them something was happening.  When I turned back the mist was gone.  The others moved to her side and then her breathing stopped.  At the funeral her sisters heard what I saw and they told me that my MIL wanted me to see her leave because she knew my faith needed reassurance.  I don’t know if that’s true or if I was in the right place at the right moment to see.  I would like to believe she chose to leave when I could see her.

Jen, Tue 7 Nov, 01:46

my dog died a month ago. I was holding him and saw a mist rise above his body and disappear two seconds later - he then took his last breath. I love him very much and believe it was his soul. It was a beautiful feeling; a gift.

Love Chester so much!

Angela, Mon 18 Sep, 04:44

When my mom passed away in Aug of 2014, I was holding her hand in the emergency room.  They had just taken her off the life support and the staff had left the room.  After what seemed like a couple of minutes I though someone had turned on a light and it was shining on Mom’s face. I started to turn to look where it was and just at that moment I saw a mist rise above Mom’s head.  I knew right then that Mom was gone to heaven.

Frank, Wed 6 Sep, 23:15

Two nights before my mother died she was a bit upset i was trying to comfort her i was standing in front of her i saw something dark fly out of her mouth i thought it landed on my top but i could not find anything has anyone ever seen anything like that happen ? my husband and a friend was there but did not seam to have seen it i was afraid to say what id seen encase they though i was mad .

paula doyle, Mon 21 Aug, 23:03

My mother died from repository failure in a nursing home after several bouts with eneumonia. A bout ten minutes before she passed away, I saw a silvery ribbon of smoke leave through her left eye. It vanished quickly. The doctor came in a little while later and told us she was gone.

Kathleen, Sat 5 Aug, 02:39

Immediately after my fatherr passed,, I definitely saw a mini speeding comet come and go so fast In the hospital room. I don’t know the direction if went in.  When my mother passed, shortly before she was pronounced dead in the hospital, I saw a beautiful yellow light from both her usually very clear beautiful loving green eyes. I know she was telling me she could see god/heaven and that she’ll be ok.
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Ann, Wed 12 Jul, 18:03

My mother died in 2009 in her 90’s. I was sitting beside the bed holding her hand when she clucked (tongue sucking on roof of mouth). I jumped up and put my face within inches of hers. I saw the clearest most perfectly formed like glass tube come down to her mouth and a fog or mist entered and went upward in the tube. It lasted for a second or more or less but was there. I saw it!!! And it suddenly withdrew up and her life had ended. I remember it now as clear as I saw it then.

George Duke, Sun 7 May, 03:12

My mother fell and broke her hip while in a nursing home.  She was also in the last stage of alzheimers.  Doctors were operating on hip and she stopped breathing.  The doctor told me she revived herself.  She quit breathing again and the doctors resuscitated her.  Late that night my brother and I were called to the hospital as mama’s vital organs began to fail.  We stood by her bed no more than an hour and she was making a moaning sound.  When life began to leave her body the moaning sound also rose to the ceiling in the northeast corner of the room.  My brother told me later when I mentioned this to him that he didn’t hear it.  I saw no light or vapor, just the maoning sound.

Barbara, Sun 7 May, 03:05

When my husband died, I was I was sleeping at the foot of his bedi in the hospital. Through closed eyes I saw a light come down as if to kiss my cheek. That second ,my sister-in-law shook me to tell me he had stopped breathing.  A few nights before I woke up to use bathroom and he was at the bottom of the stairs looking up at me. The house was dark, he wasn’t lit up but I could see him clear as day.

Cynthia Zimmerman, Tue 25 Apr, 16:41

My mother passed away a few weeks ago.  I was alone with her in the hospital room when she passed.

I had not slept much for several days and dosed off for about 30 minutes. I suddenly woke up, almost startled,  like something had woke me up.  I looked over at my mom and noticed her breathing had slowed down tremendously.  Then, I observed cloud like substance over the lower part of her body.  It seemed to be in several layers and had movement and sort of twinkling inside the layers. There was a little bit of a glow in and above the cloud.  This cloud gradually started working its way up her entire body until the cloud hovered over her whole body.  Above the cloud substance to the ceiling it appeared to be very blurry, as if I was looking through heat waves, etc.  This lasted about 20-30 seconds.  Then, dissipated.  After it dissipated, I felt the most tremendous peace I have ever felt.  Then, I looked over at my mom and she was no longer breathing. 

I feel like God gave me this special gift.  Whenever I feel sad, I feel that peace come over me again and feel so much comfort from it.

Karen, Tue 11 Apr, 22:58

As my brother was dying he described what he was witnessing. He said he heard horns playing and said the light was getting brighter and brighter. The night he died my mom saw nothing but his face surrounded by bright white lightning, at the foot of her bed. Days later I went to leave out my room. In front of the door was something covered that moved away like is was controlled with a remote. Like a car or robot but we didn’t have any of those toys in the house. We were too poor.

Tasha, Mon 10 Apr, 00:57

I never heard of this until I saw it last week when my girlfriends mother passed away. The family was all around her, including myself, when she took her last breath. I was in the corner of the room while everyone else was surrounding her. Her husband asked someone to get a bucket because of vomiting. At that point, I looked up to see a white mist hovering on the bed. There really was no shape. It seemed as if it was moving like what fog looks like but stayed in the same place. A second later I heard cries that she had stopped breathing. At that instance the mist/fog started rising and disappeared. Took me a day or so to put it all together and researched what other people have seen. The same day she passed away she also thought that there were 4 other people in the room. Her husband and her both heard a few other strange noises during the day that were unexplained. I was not there for that. I did witness the mist. I still don’t understand it and it is always on my mind but I believe I was supposed to see it maybe. God bless you all.

Jamie, Fri 31 Mar, 02:39

My mom just died and before she died she said she saw a beautiful mist,she was not talking like that but she whispered it very softly to the caregiver do people that are dying see this also ???

sue, Mon 27 Mar, 21:39

My partners brother passeed away on 9th March. He was only 37 and passed at our local hospital due to a short illness. My partner spent the night with her brother and approximately 4 hours before he past she looked up and saw a dark misty shadow like entity that was in the top corner of the room. My partner clearly saw this then the entity quickly shot across the room and out of sight. She also said it spun like a tornado. She also noticed from this point that her brothers condition changed and he seemed to become non responsive and lost any awareness he had. We wonder if it was her brother, a waiting relative or something else. I would love to hear your views on this

Ryan, Tue 14 Mar, 18:48

Patty,

Thank you for sharing that account of your mother’s transition. Similar observations have been reported by many, including by my cousin who was at the deathbed of our uncle. There is no scientific proof one way or the other on this phenomenon that I know of, but I think the spirit body leaving the physical body is the best and most logical explanation.

Michael Tymn, Wed 1 Feb, 00:54

My Mom passed 9/17/2015 my sisters and I left the hospice around 10pm she did not want us there when the end was nearing, a few days before she had a wonderful greeting from her Mom and Dad, our Dad, her sisters and friends, all which had passed, she said she was late for her “party” the last thing she said was Hi Wes..my dad looking up and past us with a big smile then she was silent. Two days later before the phone call about 4:30 am I was sleeping on my sisters couch and was awoken by the feeling of someone pinching me then I saw a dark mass go across the living room in front of me and out the window…swear it was my Mom’s spirit, we got the call about 15 mins later that my Mom had passed at 4:30am…could this have been her spirit?

PATTY KEARNES, Tue 31 Jan, 17:18

My X-husband died, went to his viewing last night.  I took a long time friend that knew him before I did.  We went up to the casket and kneeled and prayed, to me it looked like his chest moved.  I did not say a word because I figured it was just me.  After leaving, my friend said “his chest was moving, that was a sign from him to let us know he knew we were there”.  I’m in awe and confused!!

Brenda, Thu 26 Jan, 03:45

When my dad died my sister seen colors spinkle and she also seen vipor smoke no one believe her but I did my mom didn’t believe her I wonder was that Jesus came and took him

phyllis littlejohn, Wed 4 Jan, 17:24

I see that most of these experiences were from a deathbed.

I saw this soul mist come out of my deceased brother’s photo. My mother each morning would pray to his photo. Twice this mist came out of the photo. She called me downstairs and when I walked towards the mist it slowly drew back into the photo.

My stepfather said he saw this mist too at another time.

I think its a soul in a realm between the physical world and the afterlife. My brother wanted to sooth and comfort before passing over.

Bill, Wed 16 Nov, 04:35

I just looked up from the book I was reading and saw silver tendrils of mist coming off of my grandpa’s chest and stomach. He has heart failure and is slowly succumbing to alzhimers. He just celebrated his 81st birthday yesterday and we had a small reunion of many of the students he taught as a band director at the local high school. I think he has said goodbye, even if part of him doesn’t realize it yet.

Lily, Mon 3 Oct, 21:25

Reezie, Jo, and Lisa,

Thank you for your comments.  I am not sure if the questions you have are for me or for others to answer.  I am just an observer/reporter and am not qualified to answer your questions, although I am not sure anyone is qualified.  I occasionally try to speculate as I have with a few others here, but that is all it is—speculation.  Whether it was Reezie’s dad or Jo’s mom, I don’t think anyone can say.  As for Lisa developing her gift, I can make some suggestions as to people to contact if she sends me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let’s me know in which country/state she lives.

Michael Tymn, Tue 27 Sep, 07:23

Laurie B., I also want to say when my mother passed, I also saw her light up. In that light she turned very beautiful. I also heard her voice above her body and toward the ceiling talking to me. She kept saying can you hear me, and my name. I kept saying back out loud to her I can hear you Mom. For a few months after my Mom passed I could hear her talking to me, I also spoke back to her. Like you I’m not crazy. I also feel I have a gift, and I want to learn more about it. I was the only one in the room when my mother passed. I had spoked to my mother hoping she understood because her last moments alive the Hospice had her on morphine she could not speak. I told my mother I was going to close my eyes for a few minutes because I was very tired. I also told her if she needed to go, her children my siblings and I will be okay. I prayed the Lords prayer put on a Christian program on TV, and closed my eyes for a few minutes. I immediately woke up because I no longer could hear her breathing from getting oxygen. When I awoke the whole room was filled with this loving energy, I looked over to my Mom and felt she was no longer in her body but completely filled in the room. I walked out told the Hospice and got my sister who was in the next room. When we walked back in the room it was still filled with this loving energy. Hospice came in pronounced her dead and left the room. My sister and I stood over her and that is when the light emulated from her she turned completely beautiful then I heard her call my name above her bed. Then I heard her voice saying my name and asking me can you hear me? My Mom and I made a agreement that if she could contact me she would after she passed. I’d continued having a conversation with her long after she passed. She also came to me in a dream, she was very young, She looked like a teenager, I have never seen my Mom this age, and I was very surprised. My father had passed years before my Mom and I was not present for his passing. The night before my father funeral, all our family members was at his and his second wife house. I had awaken around 2:30 am in the morning with this smoke like energy steering me right in my face. It looked at me as if to say you can see me. I did not know what I was seeing it seemed to have a figure like appearance but looking me right in my face. I shrugged and closed my eyes thinking I was dreaming and I heard my father say it is me and my name. Then he said tell your Mom I love her. I was surprised that I saw and heard what I heard, and told my Mother of my experience. He came to me again about a month later, and after that I did not have anymore visits from him.  I have had friends say they thought I was clairvoyant since I was young. I have also encountered other unusual spiritual things wide awake, I won’t mention here. I also think I have gift and would like to know how to use it. I am a Christian and is spiritual, and do believe there is life after death.

Lisa, Fri 23 Sep, 23:20

My beloved brother left this world peacefully just after midnight on Friday. I immediately went to his house (70 miles away) to comfort his wife and my parents. Whilst I comforted my mum in the night I saw what I can it describe as a gently swirling purple haze on the ceiling. I found it very comforting and let my mum know that he was with us. What does this mean?

Jo, Sun 14 Aug, 16:52

About 3 months after my father passed away at a nearby hospital, i was walking to his shop to feed the two cats we raised and when i opened the door to his shop this gray smoke came right at my face and was right in front of my eyes, then floated to the right and disappeared ,  i was in shock , i thought it was smoke then possibly small insect swarm but it was neither, it was the size of 2x2 inches about.  Was this my dad 3 or 4 months later trying to contact me ?

Reezie, Tue 9 Aug, 02:07

Lydia
I am far away from my beloved 103 year old grandma - last night I woke up in what I thought was my bedroom full of smoke - I sat up alone and thought is the house on fire ? No this is more like a mist - it was 430am. I thought oh is Nanny dying ? I went back to sleep and forgot about it My grandmothers care taker called me at 830 am and told me that my grandma other was in the final stages and it came on suddenly at 430 that very morning
I feel without question she visited me first befor her amazing journey . I wish I had trusted it more and embraced the love she came to show me . She is surround by my father and mother and brothers tonight as she passes .
The smoke / mist is their connection .

Kimm, Thu 4 Aug, 04:34

Not only is it possible to see the Spirit leaving the dis-guarded body (Please see below, I share my aunt’s story), oddly enough I have experienced Spirit energy beginning to separate from the body weeks before the occurrence of an accidental death. At the time I was teaching myself to “see” human energy as it appears and emanates around the living body; In order to do so I would attend meetings (spiritual and civic) every chance I got sitting in the back so as not to be detected observing those in front of me.  One Sunday, as I scan the crowd seated in front of me, I observe a misty haze vaguely covering the back of a middle-aged woman seated a few rows up.  Thinking this is “all too strange” I make a note of it.  Two weeks later the woman suffers a bad fall resulting in a massive head injury; she passes on the way to the hospital—Leaving me wondering, do we “know” when death is imminent?  If so, does the Spirit begin to protrude or detach some time before actual death?

My aunt (An RN and Spirit sensitive) was Charge Nurse on the floor one evening when one of the patients passed. She and another nurse set about wrapping the body for transport to the hospital morgue; Mid-way through there happened to be a massive black out in that part of the city. All the lights went out save for the (very dim) emergency lighting system. My aunt had her hand on the man’s chest when Spirit passed through it moving out of the body; she saw the form rise and depart through the window into the night sky. She described it as being “moist,” saying “It was a complete head and shoulders… the rest of the body looked like a misty energy tail. Like a comet”

She said the other nurse turned to her, “You saw it didn’t you?—-The flash?” (Apparently that was the term medical staff used for departing Spirit) Having witnessed the exodus together, the two formed a special bond. Her friend, a Hindu, gifted my aunt with a special Rudraksha bead necklace to commemorate the happening. Love her account of it.

Kenda Elise, Tue 2 Aug, 22:10

My cat was killed by hunters. He was 10 years old. He survived two nights but died in 2nd morning. When I went to see his corpse at the vet, I decided to take pics. My digital camera would be focus, and there was a bright white light rising from his entire body. When I finally took 5 pics, they were all bright and sparkly,and nothing like the pics I took indoors in daylight- as it was at the vets office.
The pics appeared to have a rosy glow and surrounded only his body and also engulfed my hand. On the side of the pic, the examining table was a normal color. I knew that my cat was my guardian angel- he nursed my mom through cancer, took care of me, and died protecting me from hunting dogs. I was so happy to know that he had a spirit that rose and eventually went to heaven as he so richly deserved.

LynMari Fukuda, Fri 24 Jun, 06:24

Auras have a distinct look like a clear substantial cloud or light around a person (animal, plant, mountain, etc.). But the sparkly light around a being who has just died, seems sparkly and not solid. It is distinctly different. Maybe it is the light of the portal to the other side?

Jon, Fri 10 Jun, 04:20

Schyler,

I’m sorry to hear about the questionable prognosis relative to your heart.  I hope that the doctor told you that with proper exercise and diet, you can still have many good years left.

As for the white smoke you saw, I have no idea what that might have been.  Such white smoke or mist as discussed in this blog is usually associated with the dying person, i.e., coming from the dying person as he or she leaves the body.  It has also been witnessed with materialization mediums, but to see it on the side of the road independent of any person is especially mysterious.

Michael Tymn, Mon 6 Jun, 23:41

I was returning from a dr. appointment midday today after being told I am in the early stages of heart failure w/an enlarged heart. It is   way too early to know what this will mean for my future but, whether this is my death-knell or not (I could still live on for many more years), it is still something that upset me a lot. I have two young boys and seeing them through to adult-hood, marriage, and even parenting are something I’ve looked forward to. To suddenly have that threatened is a bit unnerving.

Anyway, as I was driving back home on a state highway, on a beautiful, partly cloudy New England day, I suddenly spotted a light plume of “white smoke” spiraling up alongside a tree and into the air. The highway parallels woods on both sides so this is an extensive forested area. In cold months, I would have thought someone’s woodstove, even though the nearest home is much too far away to have caused this. My first reaction was something is burning there - a common issue rural areas like this (caused by people tossing a cigarette out their car window). I was so sure that it was fire, that I slowed down and watched hard in my rear-view mirror, prepared to call 911 to report it. However, all traces of anything smokey were gone. I’m still in awe over this - it looked more like a small and light white cloud really, more bright white than the lighter to dark gray that a brush fire would create. It was clearly there.  Was it a sign? I can’t help but think that it was. Of what I don’t know… but it was way too out of place and its occurrence just after getting my news seems more than a coincidence.

Schyler Jones, Mon 6 Jun, 18:27

My mama passed 2016, April 7, 7:30am. I had been with her the day before, 3pm to 11 at night. We had a wonderful visit as she lie there on morphine and oxygen (95 yrs old). She was in a skilled nursing facility. Hospice involved. Her living will stated she did not want to be revived artificially).Her memory still clear, she actually recalled things I had forgotten! She joked about things during our visit. The facility called me at home the next morning. Saying she was calling my name. I didn’t reach her in time, she had already passed when I ran to her room. For three days I could not get over the guilt of not being there in time…I wept . My husband and daughters are a great support but I kept beating up on myself. Even tho I was moms constant helper, caregiver, I was hard on myself. I was with her every day when she was hospitalized one month before her death. About 6 days after she died, I was lying in bed at night trying to sleep but still thinking of my mom. The ceiling lit up brightly so brightly that I had to open my eyes. I couldn’t tell where all the light was coming from!. I woke My husband and he can’t figure it out. Was my mom trying to comfort my troubled mind?

Jancee, Wed 1 Jun, 18:01

Laurie,

Thank you for sharing your experience.  It sounds like you have some degree of clairvoyant ability.  Such ability seems to be like other skills, gifts, etc.  Some have it more than others.

Michael Tymn, Tue 24 May, 19:45

I want to explain two people who were dying in front of me. I watched my grandmother dying. I observed a glow which was subtle yet bright. My mom did not see this light that I was seeing in my grandmother. I saw a renewal as her skin was glowing. I then looked at her green eyes and they changed to a bright emerald green. I never saw eyes of that color on her. I did not stay to watch her completely die but that light that glowed all over her body was still there as I left. I saw a light and believe it was her spirit leaving her body. I then went to see a friend as she was dying. I got to her hospital room and I again saw the exact same kind of subtle light and a glow that she began to look younger and bright. Her eyes were glowing as my grandmothers. I asked her husband and mine if they see the light surrounding her. I looked at her body and the light was still there. They finally said, “yes Laurie, we see a light” and began talking again. That was the second time I saw that. Two out of two times I saw this light in the dying. She passed away and the glow left. I didn’t see a bright light ascending but it was a glow I will not forget and if I see another person passing, I guarantee that I will see it again. I don’t think all people see this light but I have seen it. I would like to do this again because I know this is a gift from God. I just wish I could understand why I can see this and others cannot. There is a division of body and soul I have seen it with my own eyes. No science can see what I see in this experience. No, I am not hallucinating nor a whack job. Two people died in front of me and there were 4 people present and I was the only one who saw this beautiful sight. I would love to hear from someone else who has experienced this. It has been 20 years since I seen this. It is very hard to explain without a person shrugging it off because they don’t believe in anything they cannot see.

laurie burgess, Tue 24 May, 05:16

Robin,

I’m sorry, but I don’t know what the blue light was.  My best guess is that your mother was out of body at the time and paying you a visit, but, as I said, that is just a guess.

Michael Tymn, Tue 10 May, 08:12

My mother passed away on April 30, 2016. on April 28 at around 2:30 am I was woken up by a blue spinning cloud about 4 feet high and about 3 feet around. It was a very bright light and stayed with me in my room for about 10 to 15 seconds. what could this have been

Robin Simmons, Mon 9 May, 22:37

Larry, Jennifer, and Becka,

Thank you for sharing your stories.

Larry, there are many anecdotal stories suggesting that animals—at least those of a higher order—do survive death.  It is a very confusing area and I have for the most part steered clear of the subject, as I believe it for the most part is beyond human comprehension. Where to draw the line between higher and lower order of animals?  Do pet squirrels survive and not rats, which are of the same family?  In his book, Lychgate, Lord Dowding seems to suggest that animals which have been loved by humans survive, at least for a time.  Other references indicate they eventually revert to a group soul, but, again, this is seemingly beyond human comprehension.  I’m sorry I can’t offer more on the subject.

Michael Tymn, Sun 8 May, 23:13

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH FOR ANIMALS?
WE TOOK OUR PET “BEAR”, WHO WAS 16 YEARS OLD, TO THE EMERGENCY CLINIC,DUE TO HIS 4TH “BLOAT”.  HE HAD ALREADY LOST THE USE OF HIS BACK LEGS AND COULD NOT EVEN TURN HIMSELF OVER WHEN HE WAS LYING DOWN. WE, MY WIFE AND I, MADE THE DECISION TO STOP HIS SUFFERING, AND LET HIM GO.
THE VET HAD ATTACHED A DEVICE TO HIS HIND LEG, IT HAD A NEEDLE INTO THE VEIN.  HE TOLD US TO TELL HIM WHEN WE WERE READY FOR HIM TO MAKE THE INJECTION THAT WOULD STOP HIS HEART VERY SLOWLY, AND THAT BEAR WOULD FEEL NO PAIN.  AFTER ABOUT 30 TO 45 MINUTES OF LOVING ON BEAR AND SAYING GOODBYE, I ASK MY WIFE IF SHE WAS READY TO LET BEAR GO, WE AGREED.  I GAVE THE VET THE OK AND HE INJECTED THE MEDICATION.
I WAS LOVING ON HIM, AND LOOKING IN HIS EYES AS THE MEDICATION WAS INJECTED, AND TOOK EFFECT.  I, AND ONLY I, SAW A SMALL BRIGHT SPARKLE LEAVE HIS LEFT EYE.  THE SPARKLE CAME OUT AND WENT UP ABOUT 6 TO 8 INCHES AND VANISHED QUICKLY.  I LOOKED UP AT THE VET AND SAID “HE’S GONE ISN’T HE”. THE VET NODDED HIS HEAD “YES” INDICATING, HE JUST DIED.
DO DOGS HAVE SPIRITS OR SOLES OR BOTH DO THEY HAVE A HEAVEN?  I BELIEVE THEY DO.
LET ME TELL YOU JUST A LITTLE ABOUT “BEAR”.  HE WAS NEVER, IN HIS LIFE, EVER AGGRESSIVE TOWARD ANY ONE OR ANY THING IN ANY WAY.  I NEVER HEARD HIM GROWL OR EVEN BARK, AT ANYONE OR ANYTHING.  HE LIKED BEING LOVED ON, AND THOUGHT EVERYONE HE SAW WAS GOING TO LOVE ON HIM. 
WE WOULD WALKED HIM, BEFORE HIS BACK LEGS GOT SO BAD, AFTER THEY GOT BAD WE BOUGHT A LITTLE RED WAGON. MY AND I WIFE WOULD TAKE HIM FOR RIDES. THE NEIGHBORS WOULD ASK “HOW IS BEAR DOING TODAY” THERE WAS OVER 50 PEOPLE AT HIS VIEWING. 
WE INVITED THE NEIGHBORHOOD OVER, TO OUR HOME TO SAY GOODBYE TO BEAR BY RELEASING BALLOONS, APPROXIMATELY 70 RED BALLOONS WERE RELEASED.
  LATER THAT NIGHT, AFTER EVERYONE HAD GONE HOME,  MY WIFE WAS CLEANING UP AND NOTICED THE LOCATION ONE OF THE REMAINING BALLOONS, THAT WE KEPT IN OUR LIVING ROOM HAD CHANGED, IT WAS OVER BY OUR FRONT DOOR.  (IT COULD NOT HAVE MOVED THERE BY IT’S SELF).  MY WIFE SAID ” OH DO YOU WANT TO GO OUT, OK LET’S GO”  SHE TOOK IT OUT AND RELEASED IT.  THE BALLOON FOLLOWED OUR WALK WAY, AROUND TO THE DRIVE WAY, WENT UP TO THE LEVEL OF OUR BONUS ROOM, WHICH IS ABOVE THE GARAGE, AND STOPPED.  SHE THEN SAID “IF YOU DON’T WANT TO LEAVE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO, YOU CAN COME BACK HOME.  THE BALLOON THEN CAME DOWN AND BACK TO HER.  SHE BROUGHT IT BACK IN THE HOUSE WHERE IT STAYS TO THIS DAY.  (IF ANYONE ELSE, BUT MY WIFE HAD TOLD ME THIS, I WOULD HAVE SAID THEY WERE CRAZY OR MAKING IT UP.  WE HAVE BEEN MARRIED OVER 40 YEARS AND I KNOW HER TOO WELL.  SHE WOULD NOT HAVE SAID THIS IF IT HAD NOT HAPPENED.  BEAR DIED ON JANUARY 29 AT APPROXIMATELY 2:00 AM.  WE MISS HIM LIKE WE WOULD MISS ONE OF OUR CHILDREN, IF IT HAD BEEN ONE OF THEM.
THANK YOU FOR READING ABOUT OUR BABY BEAR,AND OUR LOSS.

LARRY FARRIS, Sun 8 May, 12:02

My aunt told me today, that when my great grandma died the whole family was in the room with her and she was waving to everyone in the room as if to say goodbye. Then she died and a mist came out of her mouth.

And when my husbands grandpa died his father was with him and he saw the grandpa as young man running across a field screaming “I’m home!!! I’m home!!!” And then the vision was gone and the dad was back in the hospital room with the grandpas lifeless body. So, he had actually joined in the dying grandpas vision.

So something definitely takes place to us when we go. I find it comforting & hopeful to hear there’s more to this life & world than what we see.

Jennifer, Sun 8 May, 08:53

I watched my mother in law pass away on saturday, around 30 seconds before her last breath i saw what i can only describe a the steam you see from a cup of tea rising from her head area, not sure if it was a combination of lack of sleep and dim lighting, there was six of us in the room only i saw it?

Becka, Mon 2 May, 20:37

Charmagne,

My best guess is that it was the very soul mist discussed in this blog that came from your uncle.

Michael Tymn, Mon 18 Apr, 21:46

Hi there,

Wonder if someone can help to explain this. My uncle collapsed and smoked poured from his mouth. He died within minutes after that but his facial expression was one of shock. His eyes remained open. He never smoked a day in his life.
Kind regards,
Charmagne

Charmagne, Sat 16 Apr, 08:03

Lydia,

I’m sorry, but I have no idea what the smoke might be in your case, since it does not appear to be related to someone dying.

I should note that this is a discussion blog, not an advice column.  I am certainly not an expert or authority when it comes to such smoke, mists, etc.

Michael Tymn, Wed 13 Apr, 16:48

I have been waking up in the middle of the night and seeing smoke.  At first, I thought the house was on fire, but quickly realized I did not smell smoke and the smoke detector was not going off.  The smoke quickly disappears as I watch it.  What does this mean?  I am no longer scared when this happens but very curious.

Lydia, Tue 12 Apr, 20:35

Sitting beside my partner as he passed away I saw something like a sparked must coming from his mouth as he took each breath and it gathered beside him between him and my daughter beside the bed head and I also saw small tiny things flying around the room black and white but so tiny !! Three people saw things that night in the room we all described the same thing
It all started the day before his death but they went away then I knew he was going to die because they had all came back the following night !! He also spoke about the lights and spike to three diseased people close to him !!what did I see ?

Annmaree, Tue 5 Apr, 17:45

When my mom was admitted in a home care facility cause I couldn’t take care of her any longer my cousin one of seven children which were my moms sisters kids that she took care of at a very young age they all were she noticed a mist come out of my mom breathe and in a way I’m kinder jealous that I her daughter didn’t get the opportunity to witness that and ask myself why her and not me.  My other cousin sister of the one that witnessed the mist also has a lot of dreams of my mom but not I and it makes me wonder why. I can say that I was a good daughter almost there for my mom as much as possible take her to all her doctors appt, go food shopping etc. and send most of my time with her mom was like an angel to me a very Good woman took on all (7) seven children that belonged to her sister when she passed on right after her husband died so my mom became their foster parent and with me it was a total of (8) children and she did a hell of a job raising them we all turned out to be very good kids

Leticia Ruiz, Sun 3 Apr, 20:03

Kevin, Terry, and Mike,

Thanks for sharing those experiences.

Kevin,

In one of her several books, Eileen Garrett, one of the most famous mediums and clairvoyants of yesteryear, also mentioned seeing a mist over her dying dog.

Michael Tymn, Thu 24 Mar, 08:10

I am a structural designer in the engineering field and been taking care of 12 year old golden retriever in her final week. She had cancer of the spleen and i was very close to her and knew she was near her final night. she was laid in the back yard warm summer night about mid night with full moon and it was time for me to go and take her in the house. I told her “girl its time to go in the house its late”. i picked her up from under both two arms like a baby and heard a slight moan and her head drop down. All at once my eyes was on her head and of course i said to my self dam. My eyes went from her face to this faint light grey, smoke like, mist that came from her head slowly rise up because she was vertical in my arms and disappeared instant approx 4 to 5 feet above her. I said DAM she gone…and WOW almost at the same time, but felt like that was her spirit rise away. She was a very nice dog that very lady like and i took serious care of her in her last week. I did have two dogs at the time and she being the oldest dying first. I am not a very or heavy religious person and i am a baptist. I have some strong clairvoyant skills or qualities that i have noticed a lot in the past 5 years. Friends tells me i have some skills. My Jewel the golden retriever was again a beautiful dog inside and out. That was one of the most amazing experience that i ever been in when she died ...it was like a good movie…it felt like peace and complete closure and a perfect good bye between us. i had my final words to her and saw the beautiful ending. I will never forget that night ever.  Of course i cried some the next day as it all came back to me.  Life is amazing and interesting! I never seen ufo’s or ghost. Felt some presences around me here and there but not all the time ...but experience not as visual as this spirit rising. I wish someone was there to see but girlfriend was in house. I told her and she thought it was her spirit. I read this site stories to find answers. VERY GOOD AND INTERESTING STORIES OF LIFE.

kevin hayes, Thu 24 Mar, 00:07

My dad died 10 years ago. 3 days before he died he was in hospital it was late at night he couldn’t sleep he was on no medication but he saw a white smoke come along the ward to hes bed it come up over hes body and he could see a small white church in wide open fields like you see in the movies in the mid stats of America, then just as fast as it come it went! He was not a religious person at all and told me not to say anything ( so keep it secret) i dont wgat to think of it

Terry, Tue 15 Mar, 19:29

I was laying in bed an a enity appeared staring at me at the foot of my bed I was so scared i couldn’t move.a white cloud appear an merged with enity and both disappeared.what does this mean?

mike, Sun 13 Mar, 16:42

Wolfy, your experiences do not seem related to deathbed scenes and so I am clueless as to what they are.  Sorry.

Michael Tymn, Thu 10 Mar, 13:06

i have had that experience with the mist/ectoplasm ect…many times, and i don’t know what actually mean? why does it keep coming back? so im in my bed and while im sleeping/i suddenly wake up, (it’s like something wanting me to), so i open my eyes and i see a floating soft mist in grey to flying over my bed and when i start looking at it (absolutely terrified) the mist just disappeared into the ceiling… :(

Wolfy, Wed 9 Mar, 17:07

This is for Joyce.
I agree with you about the angry spirit. I got a feeling of anger when a mist ran in front of my car and I felt like I had to dodge it and slam on the brakes. I don’t think you need a doctor. The anger isn’t aimed at you. The spirit is angry because it was not ready to leave. In other words, your Mother wasn’t ready to leave you!

Susan, Fri 26 Feb, 15:35

I have been a nurse for 30 years and recently was bedside with a close friend who was dying from cancer. As she took her last breath a yellow mist came up from her shoulders and dissipated. After that, she was an empty vessel. It’s changed how i think and feel about death.

Lara, Fri 26 Feb, 08:08

My dad past 6 years ago. I was beside him alone when he took his last breath. He had pancreatic cancer. Seconds after his last breath I was still looking at him and a fog typy smoke come out of his mouth and upward and disappeared. I knew instanly his soul left his body. The few people I have told thought I was crazy. Im glad others have also seen this!

annisa, Thu 25 Feb, 01:16

When my father died in 2003, I was holding his hand. He’d been incoherent and in and out of consciousness and his eyes had been unable to focus for days, but all of a sudden his eyes focused and he looked directly at me and I knew he could see me. Then he looked at my mother and sister at the foot of his bed. Then I saw something coming out of his eyes - I have to describe it as a cross between smoke and light. It looked like light but it moved like smoke, going upward. For a second I thought “What IS that?”  Immediately another thought came “You know what that is.” and I knew it was my father leaving his body. It only lasted a few seconds and I didn’t see him breathe again after that. I knew it was time to get the nurse who confirmed he’d passed away.
I looked on the internet back then to see if I could find anyone with a similar experience but at the time I didn’t find anything. I was excited to find your article today.

Joanne, Sun 7 Feb, 07:59

I was with a group of friends one night and had sharp pains in my stomach and went and rested on my bed. Then about half hr later almost like a cloud of white came over me and then left the room. I then got back up to join my friends and didn’t say anything. Then that night in bed I dreamt I was at a family gathering of some sort. This was strange to me bc I hadn’t see all my family for a long time. Then the very next morning I tried to contact my sister who didn’t answer her phone but I just knew she was dead. I travel to house and there she was. She’d taken her own life. I know and feel she guides me through life. It’s been 18yrs.

Janet Dooley, Tue 2 Feb, 20:32

Susan,

Thanks for the interesting comment. Regretfully, I can’t offer any explanation for for either of your sightings.  They may have been apparitions of the deceased persons, but why a half-mile away and three miles away I have no idea. Then again, distance is not necessarily a factor with spirits, though that doesn’t really explain anything.

Michael Tymn, Thu 14 Jan, 09:45

I have not read anything about what I experienced.
Several times while traveling I have seen a mist that usually stands about four feet, no face or bright light in this mist. They are very easy to see. They are usually on the side of the road. Once, one was on the side of the road but when I got closer it darted across in front of my car and scared me enough to make me slam on the brakes. I heard later that what was thought to be a runaway teen was found dead by a dumpster not 1/2 mile from where I saw this mist race across the road. This happened 2 or 3 days after this girl was reported missing. Once while I was off to shop I saw one at the side of the road. My son asked me why I looked so upset and sad all of a sudden. I told him what I saw and what I expected.
He thought I was being a little weird at that time until up ahead, about three miles, around a curve there were police cars and an ambulance to the side of the road, no lights with a person covered totally on a gurney. If I saw this persons spirit, why again was it not near the body?

Susan, Tue 12 Jan, 19:59

What kind of scientist would name it “similar to ectoplasm?”

leif, Sun 3 Jan, 04:35

I was sitting up in bed while my phone was charging it had a blue light to indicate it was still charging this was the only light in the room I noticed vapor like smoke coming upward on both sides of my body just last night while in my sick husband’s room while sitting by his bed side this swirling mist was all around my face and I asked him what did he see and he described the same thing.

Barbara, Thu 24 Dec, 10:41

At breakfast yesterday, I was sitting with two friends who also saw this phenomena. A series of lines of vapor(they said it reminded them of vapor from coffee) lined up together in front of my chest seemed to float into the air.In my minds eye, up and down each line were little circles.Together, they floated up into the air.It was surreal.

Adrienne Sartorius, Wed 23 Dec, 22:37

Today whilst in bed early morning I saw this grey cloud about a foot above my body it seemed to be the shape of my body and between my body and the start of this cloud there was a beautiful clear gap, I know that this is a positive occurance and feel that a form of negative depression has left me as I had hoped and asked for its departure. Love and light from Margaret

Margaret, Tue 24 Nov, 13:05

Madelaine,

Thank you for your comment.  My guess is that the soul mist, or whatever we call it, leaves the body only when there is actual death.  Obviously, near-death is not actual death, even if the person is considered “dead” by various medical criteria.

Michael Tymn, Tue 10 Nov, 20:35

This mist or smoke or ectoplasm that leaves the body has been reported in a number of books and articles describing what occurs at the time of death of those who do not come back.

What I find is interesting is there are no reports of this mist like substance leaving the body during a near-death experience.  It may be it doesn’t happen which would tell us something about NDEs or no one has looked for that event during an NDE.  So far we only have documentation of this occurring during a final passing from this world.  Thoughts?

madelaine Lawrence, Sun 8 Nov, 17:42

I don’t know what to call my ability to see a spiritual light in someone’s eyes who is terminal but I can. It happened with both of my grandmothers.  They were stern and had no light then when they became ill they had this beautiful softness about them and a bright white light their Spirit in their eyes.  They both died shortly after I witnessed this light within a couple months.  I would like to develop my psychic abilities because this is not the only gift I have.  I am also able to know when a person is ill.  I begged my sister to please take care of my mother because she was weak I could tell.  two weeks later she was in intensive care.

Tatiana, Tue 27 Oct, 04:41

I have seen this from both my parents..a white mist..I assumed it was their bodies loosing heat.

Karen, Sun 11 Oct, 22:11

I am an RN with 25 years of experience. One day I was sitting in my recliner resting when I felt a slap on my left leg.  I quickly looked at my left leg to see if had reddened from the slap.  I then looked to my left and saw a dark grey figure with mist rotating around it as it. The only thing I could make out was a face with no features with smoke like steam rotating around it in a very structured manner.  I yelled at the figure and told it I wasent afraid of it twice before it turned its head toward my front door and slowly started moving toward the door.  I watched the figure as it lost much of its structure but floated toward the front door and slowly dissipated as it went through the door.  The figure was about 5 feet in height which I thought resembled my grandmother whom I had not contacted in years.  I immediately looked at the Social Security Death Index and found that my grandmother had died 7 months earlier.  I now feel that it was my grandmother and she was telling me that she had passed away.

Derick, Thu 8 Oct, 07:57

so glad to see so many people have seen this blue light/smoke/haze,  even though it was a long time ago i remember it like it was yesterday. i was in bed , in a pitch black room with my dog also snuggled in for the night.  i had my hand on the dogs back like always and he just suddenly growled and bit my hand, ( he had never been aggresive before). i put him out side had to shoo him as he was really upset and i couldnt pick him up. when i went to hop back into bed i noticed a smokey hazy looking blue light in the very corner of the room near the ceiling, i looked for any place this light could be coming from and being a tiny little room with one small window there wernt many , i opened the blond and it was as dark outside as it was in the bedroom. i checked the gaps around the door…..nothing, no electrical gadgets back then. at this stage i was getting a bit panicky, i reached up at the haze (about 12 inches roundish) and waved my hand through it a dozen times or more , it had no effect whatsoever. i stared at it for another 3 or 4 minutes and then bolted into my girlfriends room and told her what happened. she is now my wife (30 years later) and she was as excited as i to read all these similar stories…

tony, Sun 4 Oct, 11:02

I also have seen the mist rising from my mother when she passed,but the mist had an angry face and I have been confused ever since.Has anyone else experienced an angry mist? Does this mean my mother was lost?Any comment would be helpful. 
                  Thank You
                      Joyce

joyce, Sat 26 Sep, 15:05

Jason,

Sorry, I can’t help you with that one. As a former competitive runner, I sometimes ran 100 miles a week, and I never experienced what you describe, nor have I heard of it.  It sounds more physiological than spiritual, and perhaps you should talk to a doctor about it.  However, my guess is that the doctor won’t give you a satisfactory answer.

Michael Tymn, Fri 25 Sep, 19:12

Yea so I dont know how to start this but here it goes, so about 2 1/2 years ago I started to notice smoke or steam coming from my body. Now usually i would see steam like smoke after working out you know, but thats not the case. I am seeing it while I sit or just stay still. I’ll be looking across the room or anywhere for that matter and start seeing smoke coming off my body from my peripheral. Nothing hurts or anything like that im just curious on what it means if anything. Please let me know that im not crazy and that there is a logical explaination for this.

Jason, Fri 25 Sep, 08:28

Maggie,

I don’t know what your father was seeing, but possibly he was seeing your aura, or part of it, as blue.  See http://paranormal.lovetoknow.com/Aura_Colors_and_Their_Meaning
for an interpretation of the color blue.

Michael Tymn, Tue 22 Sep, 18:54

The day before my father passed I was in his room with him and he thought I was smoking he told me there was blue smoke around me what does that mean

Maggie, Sat 19 Sep, 04:30

I was at my father’s side in hospital when he passed, ironically on the Feast Day of the Saint he was named after, at 1 pm. Maybe it’s because I got up to call the nurse when I sensed he was taking his final breaths, but I did not notice a mist. However, the night before he passed, the glass shade from a ceiling fixture did crash onto the hall rug. I did see a mist a few weeks ago, woke up in the middle of the night, thought it was smoke (in a non-smoking household)near my bedroom ceiling, then it started to swirl and come together then disappeared. I wonder if it was a visit from my father?

Jeanne, Tue 23 Jun, 02:08

Daughter,

My sincerest condolences on the transition of your father, but hopefully you are able to find comfort in the conviction that he “lives on” in another realm of existence and that you will see him again.

Michael Tymn, Wed 17 Jun, 06:34

My Father sadly passed away on 12th June.

Daughter, Wed 17 Jun, 04:54

My father is very sick and not expected to recover , 2 nights ago I was around his bed on my own and misty white wavy lines seem to come from his around him and then disappear.  It his happened a couple of times, thought I am seeing things but I know it happened.

Daughter, Thu 11 Jun, 08:44

Last week of April 2015 my sister in law on my left my wife on my right . all of a sudden a formed dense white dense smoke or white cloudy appearance came out of left front chest, I stood up thought a burning lighter in my pocket.formed like a short wooden street electrical post in diameter 4 feet long moving left parallel from the ground going toward to my small Buddha Christian altar and disappears, my wife saw the whole thing and later on she told me she saw white dense smoke cloud rose my back neck rose upwards towards the ceiling at the same time and disappears. Only me and my wife noticed what happened to me . There were five of us during that time our two friends sitting in front of us on the dining table having a late evening snack. Time then was 2345 Hrs. I didn’t any noticed unusual physical feelings except goose bumps .

Art, Wed 20 May, 23:26

When I was 5 my grandfather did not feel well. My mom told him to lay down. I watch my grandfather sleep and shouted out to my mom that there was smoke above my grandfather. My mom rushed to his bed and he had died. That was 45 years ago and the experience has never left me. I can still see it clear as day.

PattiD, Sat 11 Apr, 07:37

My mother died aprox two years ago she was my very best friend. she was almost 86 when she passed away. On her last day of life here on earth my daughter,my wife and i were standing around the bead. As my mom was giving up as her sickness progressed I noticed her face seamed to turn a deathly gray and all breathing had ceased,At that same moment I witnessed a light colored for lack of a better word SMOKE slowly rising from my moms body.The smoky mist rose to about eye level stopped momentarily slowly intertwined and moved so deliberately through the cement block wall. I had asked my wife and daughter if they saw what i saw.Both of them said no Ron we saw nothing. If I could bother you people for a few more minutes I have one more story to tell, As a few days passed by I had a short middle of the night dream,I had taken care of mom and always kept her from falling.On this particular night in my short dream, she had fallen down very hard as I picked her off the floor she seamed to disintegrate into bright colored sparkles. In the year and one half after her death there were no more dreams except one which was eight months ago, In my dream I had walked in to her room and there she was setting on the edge of her bed very up set saying to me oh Ron there is something very very important I have to tell you over and over again,and she then said i am unable to tell you now.I simply told her not to worry every one here is fine. little did I know found out I had a very large cancers tumor on my kidney. I always have been very level headed but I cant figure this out

Ron, Sat 4 Apr, 06:40

Wow I was afraid to tell anyone that I saw what I described as a puff of smoke leaving my dads body.  I thought I was seeing things.  I also experienced a floating feeling while standing next to him.  I felt as if I was going to float upward myself and grasped hard onto the chair.
Being with him every step of the way helped us with his transition.  Hospice nurses are awesome, they helped us as well.

MissyD, Thu 12 Mar, 15:23

I’ve never, so far(3mar2015), seen a mst come from a dying, nor at e death of a person, I have seen a very faint mist/fog filing the room of a person near deth, or as some say” transitioning towards physical death. The intensity of the fog will vary, and rarely ever disappeared. I am a hospice LVN(in some states known as LPN) who does crisis(continuous)/palliative care.

Ron B., Mon 9 Mar, 03:59

Within 20-30 minutes of my Father’s death I observed a shadow almost like the wings of a large bird fling from one window to another exit the room.  I wonder what it might have been…

teresa wright carrier, Wed 4 Mar, 04:33

My devoted and loving husband died Jan.07,2014 in a Veterans ICU hospital bed after a six month stay battling several health issues.He had juvenile diabetes, which led to vascular disease and kidney failure.He had both legs amputated fourteen years ago and a live kidney transplant surgery from his only brother in 2005. He had a beautiful memorial service and an honorable Marine dedication with burial.Our daughter and grandsons stayed with me over next few days.Four days after the funeral our sixteen year old grandson was preparing to go to his high school prom and I was taking pictures of him in front of all the beautiful flowers from grandpa’s funeral.A little later he was still standing in front of the flowers and I was at the opposite side of the room walking toward him to help him with his neck tie. I looked up as I walked through the entrance and saw what I thought was a circle of smoke about the size of a large pizza pan hovering above me.I immediately looked at my stove thinking something was burning. But the stove wasn’t on nor were any candles burning. I looked over to my grandson and could see he was looking at the object too.I then tipped up to reach the circle of what now looked like swirling steam,I could definitely smell a sweetness almost like sugar.I then hurried over to my grandson and asked him if he could see it and he said yes grandma what is it? I could only answer I don’t know. And at that moment it totaly disappeared.I feel so blessed to have all my beautiful memory’s with my beloved husband. I miss him so much but also feel comfort in knowing we will someday be reunited.

CHRISTY, Thu 1 Jan, 02:07

my husband had died on a monday i was with him as well as all the children.  even though he had been sick for several months his death seem peaceful thanks to hospital staff.  on thursday i was having my morning coffee when there was a light that was brighter than the sun, and was about 5 feet long and on the ceiling and wall. it was so bright it blinded me.  my first thought was that i was having a stoke or something and made my way to the couch. it seem to last few minutes and then i started to get my sight back and was ok.  I think this was him passing over.  he was cremated the next day.  i have been able to find any other experience comments like this.

diana, Sun 31 Aug, 21:48

My 4 sisters and I spent the last 2 weeks of our mother’s life spending every day and night with her. We did it in shifts of 2 so that she was never alone. She had been in a care home for many years with Dementia and for the last couple of years of her life she was unable to talk or recognise her family. She had a severe stomach haemorrhage one day and fell into a coma unable to eat or drink. We were told that she would not last more than a few days. She actually lasted another 13 days and during that time my sisters and I witnessed things that we are unable to explain. On the first night 2 sisters saw what they described as steam hovering above her head, it lasted only a few seconds, 2 nights later my sister and I heard wind chimes in the distance which over the following 10 mins grew louder and increased in number until it sounded like many wind chimes playing a tune which we could only describe as celestial. This happened on several nights always in the same manner and for the same duration. 5 days before she died, I was there with my 20 year old nephew, it was early afternoon and she suddenly said “listen” we leaned closer to her and she spoke for 20 mins, sometimes it was if she was answering questions, she said my oldest sister’s name, Pat hadn’t been to see her as she herself was ill, she said “there’s 6 of them” she has 6 daughters and only 5 were holding vigil. She said sorry and asked for mercy and said ” can you see my father” we wrote down everything she said and looking back at her words we can see that she was telling us things. 3 days before she died my sister and I were sitting facing each other across her bed talking to her during a long night, even although she was in a coma, we talked and sang to her. A fine mist appeared along the length of her body which grew whiter and denser. It was right on top of her blanket and it swirled around. We could put our hands through it. We felt her arms and hands to see if the mist was heat coming from her but she was at a normal temperature. She died at 6.50 on a Friday morning and during her last night there were 4 of her daughters around her bed including me. Her en-suite bathroom light which operated on a motion sensor went on by itself and when we opened the door it went off. My deceased dad’s army picture fell off the wall for no reason and the chimes came back for the last time. She woke up 10 minutes before she died and looked at all 4 of us closely, she had a frightened look on her face until my sister took her hand, told her we would all be fine and told her not to worry about us all and to go to heaven, she smiled and took her last breath. We all feel that we shared a very unique experience and it strengthened us all and healed all our past differences.

Elaine Gunn, Sat 17 May, 05:38

When I was in a convenience store during my mothers hospitalization,she had passed away. I didn’t know. The whole store filled with a smokey mist. Felt like I was going to pass out and thought it was something like low blood sugar. Was driven home started drinking oj with sugar and then learned she had died. My dad died several years later. I woke up before he drew his last breath, ran in the room and saw the mist, again rise and disappear. All these years later, I wonder about these things. Where does the mist go? Does it dissipate and become one with the universe? Does it stay intact? Sometimes in this hard life I have doubts about their souls surviving. But I do know for sure that I did see the energy leave their bodies.

michelle h, Thu 13 Mar, 03:16


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