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How Intuition Can Help Us Understand Death and Dying

Judith Orloff - Friday, January 09, 2009

Dear Community

As a physician, I see fear of death permeating our health care system. Doctors shy away from patients who are dying or resort to technical language. Patients are afraid of making the passage. Relatives don't know what to say or do around the death bed. Intuition--our deepest gut feelings and knowing--can guide us if we listen.

Hope you enjoy this video with myself, Doors drummer John Densmore and Virtuoso percussionist Hani Nasar. It is about the intuitions around my father's death bed that guided me.


Judith Orloff, MD, is the author of Emotional Freedom. Check out this book and other articles on drjudithorloff.com.

UCLA Evening; How Intuition Can Help Us Understand Death and Dying


Judith Orloff, MD is author of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, upon which her articles are based. Dr. Orloff is a psychiatrist, an empath, and is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty. She synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, energy, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff also specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice. Dr. Orloff’s work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, the Oprah Magazine and USA Today. She is a New York Times best-selling author of Emotional Freedom, The Power of Surrender, Second Sight, Positive Energy, and Guide to Intuitive Healing. Connect with Judith on  Facebook and  Twitter. To learn more about empaths and her free empath support newsletter as well as Dr. Orloff's books and workshop schedule, visit her website.

hi but im not tellin my name commented on 28-Feb-2009 06:31 PM
hi i think your website is so sweet!!
maryann commented on 07-Mar-2009 07:32 PM
I just found out about you in this month's Daily Word & read your story.
I went to your website & viewed a couple of your videos.
I think you are so special & I'm so lucky to have come across you. I just had to forward your site to my partner & also to my daughter (who is a psychologist). All 3 of us are going through things & your reads are so helpful & enlightening. Thank you for coming into our lives, from so far away.
Rene commented on 26-Jun-2009 08:41 AM
I recently lost my daughter to an advanced form of Lymphoma. She was 28 years old and had just delivered a son who is now 14 months old. When she was diagnosed, she was Stage IV and it attacked her heart. She nearly transitioned several times during the process of this illness only to pass 10 months after diagnosis. I was amazed with all the medical staff, that noone, other than myself, spoke to her of what it would be like if the choice was for her not to continue here in this life with us on Earth. There was no conversation of the two paths she was facing. Every word, every action was spoken of what path she would follow medically to sustain her life here. Every now and then, I would let her know that if it were to be that she would pass, she would be in a Love far beyond any words I could ever explain to her. The only analogy I could give her was that she knew the Love I had for her that Love was like 1 grain of sand compared to God's Love which is all the grains of sand in all Earth's beaches and Dunes. It was her choice to go forth with further treatments, but I wanted her to know that if she were to pass to promise me she would go to that beautiful Loving Light. She did promise me.

God gave me an experience, actually a couple of experiences which prepared me for the event of assisting my daughter to transition. Those experiences were what I relied on so I could explain to her how I felt being in that Loving, Accepting, Trusting, ineffable Light. I wanted her to know and realize what she had waiting for her when she passed and I wanted her to run, not walk into that Light waiting for her.

I think the most important thing we can do for someone facing the possibility of transition is to at least make an effort to communicate to them the Love which is awaiting their arrival.

A Good Friend gifted me with a book and cd after my daughter's passing which I am highly recommending to anyone going through this process with someone they love or they themselves are experiencing. The book's title is "Graceful Passages". The cd has with and without the words. It is one of the most beautiful gifts I have ever been given and I feel all will benefit who listen or read.


Caelii commented on 10-Aug-2011 01:37 PM
Wow, that's a really cveler way of thinking about it!
Anonymous commented on 10-Sep-2014 02:31 PM
Thank you! We are having a wake in less than two hours for our 25 year old son (unexpected cardiac event) I so needed this reinforcement of my beliefs. Judith, I have most of your writings and they are a comfort-will come back to this later when I can actually complete a thought
Varun Ashokan commented on 10-Jul-2017 01:50 AM
Thanks for sharing !!!

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