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The Moment of Death, A Medium's Perspective

Updated: May 24, 2020

The moment of death is not something any of us want to dwell upon, but it is a common vision that comes in readings. Many people say that your life flashes before you at the moment when you are dying, but I cannot say this is the most common scene that I witness as a medium. The moment of death is the natural transition from the physical plane to the spiritual realm. Although the circumstances surrounding the moment of death can be negative, the actual transition is not.

There are no set patterns for the moment of death, but I have learned that it is not a time when the sense of fear is prevalent in our consciousness. Dying is a moment that we will all face individually, but I do not believe that we will experience fear, anxiety, or a sense of being alone. I do not witness people transitioning being afraid. It is has been my experience that at the moment of death, as we are moving from the physical world, we are greeted with familiar people and angels in the spirit world. The Creator is always there.

The topic of the moment of death is a touchy one, and I need to emphasize that the natural transition from the physical plane to the spiritual one is the most desirable. However, regardless of any unresolved lessons we may have when we reach the next plateau, there are always spiritual beings there to greet us. The best way to make those lessons easier to overcome is to live the best life possible.

I am not going to discuss the concepts of heaven, hell, or limbo. Those concepts of the spiritual realm should be left up to the belief systems of each person. My role as medium is that of an observer, and I do see the different experiences of people who have crossed over. I will say, however, that when we pass away, we do not go into a void, nor does our consciousness cease to exist. If that were the case, I could not be a medium!

The moment of death is very interesting to me because I witness people having family near them on both sides of the veil. This moment is often a gathering of souls in physical bodies with those who have left this physical plane. The person dying often remarks that they see a loved one who has already crossed over around them. The same is true about seeing angels. Dreams become more vivid near the moment we cross over for some people. They can be prophetic and preparatory with respect to the inevitable. The scene is truly magnificent and sacred.

It is not my goal to paint the moment of death as something to look eagerly anticipate. However, I do want to say that it is one of those subjects that most people do not want to discuss, and, in my world, it is a very important event that I should describe to clients. This moment should not appear to be negative in all senses, either. I understand we do not want to lose a loved one, but death comes to all of us.

It is negative to lose the company of a cherished person, but the positive of conquering a disease or other malady is very liberating. So many clients are sad that they were not with a special person when they crossed over, and I understand this emotion. Every circumstance is unique, but there should be no worry that a loved one is not being supported by those in both the physical world and the spiritual world. Sometimes, we can only be supported emotionally when someone is passing away. Please know that this type of physical support counts!

Those already in spirit as well as angels are always around and immediately rally when a person close to them arrives in the unfamiliar realm of the spiritual dimension. A life well lived is joyously celebrated in the spirit world. It is ironic to me that the worry, grief, and pain associated with the moment of death is primarily felt by those left behind in the physical world. Those who cross over start to enjoy the benefits of rest, peace, and contentment. They have no worries, pain, or grief, and it all happens in just a moment.

John Cappello has been a practicing psychic medium for over 25 years. For more information about his work or to set up an appointment go to

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