Courtesy of The US News and World Report.com | By By Associated Press, Wire Service Content | By GARY ROTSTEIN, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Originally Published 07.08.2018 | Posted 08.20.2018
Beth Roncevich’s father was in his last few days of life when laughter unexpectedly emerged. “He said, ‘Everybody’s together and we’re all just having a wonderful time,'” she said.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Beth Roncevich’s father was in his last few days of life, lying in bed in his Indiana Township home with her and her mother somberly by his side.
Though his eyes were closed while terminally ill from lung disease on that day four years ago, laughter unexpectedly emerged from Albin Langus.
“I said ‘Dad, what are you laughing at?’ He said, ‘Oh, we’re all together.’ “The bewildered Roncevich and her mother wondered who and what he was seeing. He was even giggling.
“He said, ‘Everybody’s together and we’re all just having a wonderful time. We’re having so much fun’ … and those were the last words he spoke,” she recounted last week between her visits to patients of UPMC Family Hospice and Palliative Care. “I said to my mom, ‘What more could we ask for than that?’ Wherever he was going, he was in a good place and happy.
Her father’s sense of a final party with whoever it was – she’s still not sure who – occurred shortly before Roncevich became a hospice nurse. In that field, she’s become accustomed to hearing of such positive encounters from her patients – or from their relatives who describe what the patients told them. Continue reading “Near Death, Seeing Dead People May Be Neither Rare Nor Eerie”