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The preacher man touched me though his eye's were closed and he was near death. A true story.

Updated on November 8, 2015
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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He had the most beautiful eyelashes.

Another evening shift at a nursing home

It was time for me to clock in at the small nursing home where I worked as the evening R.N. As I entered the building I noticed an occupied bed that was empty the evening before.

The day R.N. gave me a report on all the residents. She then told me about a new admission she'd received today. His name was Ben. He was thirty-five years old and he was a minister.

He was comatose, eyes closed, nonresponsive to verbal or touch stimuli

He had been diagnosed with bone cancer that had metastasized throughout his body. He had been sent to our facility for comfort care only.

I spent the evening taking care of the residents and occasionally looking in on Ben to make sure he was being turned and cared for.


When the night nurse arrived I gave her a report on all the residents, including the minister Ben. I reminded her that he was not to have CPR and was here only for comfort care.

When I finished my shift and was going to go clock out, I passed his room and decided to stop in once more. I stood far away at the foot of his bed. He remained in a deep coma. I remember how handsome he was. His eyelashes were dark, long and curled almost touching his brow's

The miracle I was allowed to see


Suddenly his eye's opened and he looked up at the ceiling. The most beautiful smile appeared on his face. He then closed his eye's. The smile lingering at the corners. He died that night.

I had always been a believer in God and heaven


When I left his room I was visibly shaken. At the time I was not practicing my faith. I firmly believe I was allowed to witness this miracle.

Just recently this memory returned with a keen desire to share this with my hubber friends.



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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kathi. Thank you for coming to read my story. I loved nursing and miss it still today. This event is still fresh, I know it happened in the 90's. Your warm comment is greatly appreciated. Hugs.

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      Kathi 19 months ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you for sharing such a touching story, my friend! I bet you were a wonderful warm nurse! I do believe it was a gift for you to witness that moment. I remember Joe's last moment when his face looked so peaceful and he wore a sweet smile! Thanks for reminding me. I'm glad you suddenly remembered that special moment! ♥

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Gals. Glad you enjoyed reading my story. Thank you.

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      Susan Haze 20 months ago from Sunny Florida

      What a beautiful moving experience you had. I enjoyed reading about it.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello CrisSp. Your comment is certainly heartfelt. Thank you for coming to read my story.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. Happy to share. Glad it was a touching story for you. Hugs and Blessings my dear friend..

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      CrisSp 20 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a way to find out Ben's purpose in life and the reason he was sent to the nursing home...too young 'though but certainly at peace now.

      Thank you for sharing. Smiles are to humanity indeed.

      Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Ruby, this is very touching, thank you for sharing it with us.

      Blessings and Hugs my dear friend

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. I was happy to share this and yes I still can see his face after all these years. Thank you so much..

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      Audrey Howitt 20 months ago from California

      Thank you for sharing this Ruby--I bet this will stay with you for the rest of your life!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello gerimcclym. Nice to see you again and so glad you were moved. I am a firm believer that he saw heaven or a loved one who'd passed away. Thank you for coming by and leaving a beautiful.

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      Geri McClymont 20 months ago

      Thank you for sharing this experience you had. It seems that Ben knew where he was going. Maybe he saw Jesus extending his arms to receive him home. I can see how experiencing this would strengthen your faith. It has certainly moved me and served to remind me of what matters in life. Thank you again.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 20 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tammy. I see that you spent the evening reading three of my hubs. It's wonderful to have a close friend who lives close by to read and comment. Thank you so much..Hugs..

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      Tammy gaudern 20 months ago

      Wow!!! That story was Beautiful

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. I will forever believe he saw angels and heaven. I believe the angels were there to take him home. No more pain, wonderful! It's also a reminder that God never leaves us. We sometimes lose our way, as I did at that time in my life. I'm so glad to see you. Thank you. Blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Ruby,

      Thank you for sharing this true account of the last moments ...joyous moments of Minister Ben. I just know he saw the sweet Lord waiting for him to bring him home, his true home.

      I see I have some catching up to do here on reading.

      God bless you

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. I do have some memories to share, some good and some sad. Maybe I'll put my thinking cap on and write about them. Thank you for a beautiful comment. Hugs my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ricky. It's good to see you back on HP. When you witness something like that you know there is something outside our reasoning. I felt it then and it remains in my memory. Thank you, all is well with me...

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      Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Ruby, I can imagine the many stories you could write and share. This one took my breath away. The fact that you were there when he opened his eyes was to show you his appreciation and to share the beauty of God, His love and ours, and the existence of rests beyond or earthly existence. What a magnificent gift you gave to each other. Hugs dear friend.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 21 months ago from West Virginia

      And people say there's no proof that God exist. Just have to know where to look and sometimes, it's brought to us. Beautiful story of hope dear Ruby. (Hope all is well)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you DDE. Happy you enjoyed. Cheers.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful hub! Well-written and so much went through my mind.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Manatita. It is a comfort to know that we will be allowed to enter a beautiful place called heaven. You write about the beauty of our universe and God's love so eloquently. Thank you dear poet.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. I'm sure you have many stories to share with all your years in nursing. I hope you will come back and write about them. hank you for a sweet comment. Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      drbj.I am not special. I have many flaws but I do believe in God and Heaven. You are such a dear friend who always makes me happy when you grace my page. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank, yes it's a true story. It happened in nineteen ninety five. It gave me goose bumps too. Happy to share. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello VenkatachariM. I firmly believe he saw angels waiting to escort him to heaven or perhaps he saw heaven. It made an unforgettable impact on me. Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Paula, your comment simply blows me away. Wow. Thank you sweet girlfriend.

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      Yes, Ruby. This corresponds with what so many say. Isn't it beautiful to know that we are loved? Even if it's at the last moment. Sweet and short story. Higher thoughts. -Manatita

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      Maria Jordan 21 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A nurse of the heart, dear Ruby...

      ...you have expressed this tender moment with beauty and grace.

      Love and hugs, mar

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      drbj and sherry 21 months ago from south Florida

      What a remarkable experience that was, Ruby, and one you will never forget I am certain. I already knew you were a special person and now I am more convinced than ever - you witnessed a miracle.

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      Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

      Is this really a true story? Gave me Goose Pimples? or Bumps.. whatever.. but a compelling piece of non-fiction .. thank you for sharing Always :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Martie, I believe you are correct. I know it is still vivid in my memory and this happened in nineteen ninety-five. Thank you. Happy to share.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Mike, I will remember his face forever. I was fortunate to witness a happy event in his life. Maybe he saw " The Carriage " I couldn't resist that. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. That's something to think about. ( Why his family wasn't present.) I know if it were my family I would've been there. My guess is they had been caring for him at home and probably was exhausted. Thanks for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. It did make an impact on me. I remember his face vividly. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wonderful experience. I hope Ben was seeing God before leaving his body and that's why he was smiling. You have been blessed to witness that happening in front of you. That was the reason for your stopping by for a while before checking out.

      Thanks for sharing this experience.

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      Paula 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruby dear woman & Angel of Mercy.....W O W....just, WOW! Paula

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      Martie Coetser 21 months ago from South Africa

      Dear Ruby, memories like these tend to present themselves often in our minds, just to remind us that there is something wonderful in the realm of those who are no longer in person with us on this planet. Thanks for sharing :)

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      mckbirdbks 21 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby. Such an abrupt ending and peaceful new beginning. You relay a beautiful story.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, too bad Ben's family couldn't have been there to see his final, peaceful smile. I believe he shared with you what he saw just before he was taken to Heaven. You were there to help him on his way whether you realize it or not.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      A very moving and profound story, Ruby! We never know when another human being is going to impact our lives. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Patricia. I must say that in years past I was somewhat skeptical about events that had anything to do with the paranormal, after witnessing this I believed more firmly in the unknown. I am happy to share this with my hubber friends! Thank you for the angels. I believe in them too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. I'm happy you found this story inspirational. It made a deep impact on me at the time. I know there is another place for us when we depart this life. Thank you my friend.

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      Patricia Scott 21 months ago from sunny Florida

      How lucky you were...God puts us in situations I believe that will be of great benefit to us and to others in some cases. It is up to us of course to receive the gifts of mercy or let them pass us by.

      Clearly you received yours.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 21 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Simply inspirational. Thank you for sharing. Wonderful to have such faith.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. I will always believe that he saw something that made him happy when he opened his eyes. I feel blessed that I was there to see it. Thank you so much. Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. I love your comment." The thought of the next gap of life is a mere hop to the next stone. " sums up this life beautifully. We are so much on the same page. Thank you so much my ' preacher ' friend.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing that incredible experience Ruby. Ben was obviously at peace and he was placed there to impact your life and faith as well.

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Such beauty and love. How blessed we are to know life so well that within it we can know God and so that the gap between this life and the next is a mere hop to the next stone.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I tried desperately to download a video but each time it came up unrecognized. Sorry about that..