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Lil wrote at 2008-06-13 15:27:43
My fathers eyes, when alive, were hazel. Shortly after he died, a little over an hour later I looked and saw they were a light golden color. I wondered the same thing as you. I just thought you would like to hear from someone who experienced the same situation.

Jean wrote at 2008-06-20 17:38:18
My father died in October of 2007. My sister and I were holding him when he died from complications due to alzheimers. He had been in somewhat of a deep sleep which may have been due to the medication given during the last days.  He began to breathe very shallow short breaths, and then all of a sudden his eyes blinked and he opened is eyes and looked directly at my sister and I. When he opened his eyes they were the most beautiful blue eyes and the whites were bright white and his eyelashes looked darker. My sister told him it was ok to let go, he then turned looked at me and I told him to "go ahead and go to see your mother now". He blinked his left eye as to wink, he then closed his eyes and he was gone.  During his lifetime my father's eyes were a greenish blue, not the color blue the morning he died.

Since it was 2:15 in the morning, the rest of the family was asleep.  When we told our mother how we held him as he died she said, "I am sure that is exactly how he would have wanted it".

I wanted to share this because there was a question on this from a woman whose husband's eyes were blue at death.  The hospice nurse replied that she had never seen this happen.  

Tracy wrote at 2008-07-25 01:13:44
my best friend just died this week from cancer. Her eyes have been a beautiful blue all of her life. Strikingly blue. They turned brown grey 2 days before her death and stayed that color to death.

This is another example but I do not have an answer as well.

Jamie wrote at 2008-12-24 03:40:22
I have also experienced a situation where the eyes were a beautiful brown when my cousin was alive then the day before the funeral they were blue. But again, I, too, do not have the answer.

rita wrote at 2009-01-05 18:14:22
I have noticed this with my mother and my father-in-law but just prior to death.  I would be interested in seeing more responses to your question.

Tricia wrote at 2009-02-21 17:18:00
My Mum died in January this year she had Alzheimers and vascular dementia.She had a fall 2 weeks before she died and as a result of this had bleeding into her brain,and i was told she would die.I stayed at the care home with her as she was dieing,she was very sleepy most of the time,but on the last occasion that she opened her eyes, 2 days before she died, they had changed colour from brown to the brightest blue i had ever seen with the clearest whites. She gazed around at myself and other family members,she had such a youthful look to her,then went to sleep and passed so peacefully away in my arms 2 days later.I came across this forum whilst looking up this phenomenen on the internet. I hope that others will not doubt what they saw,this really did happen.

james wrote at 2009-06-11 06:27:29
at the end of my fathers life the last thing he heard was my 4 year daughter singing to him on the telephone. he sat up during this and opened his eyes looking past me as if watching a movie. his eyes were light blue/grey but they were always very brown his whole life. he closed his eyes and passed away. it is the only unexplained thing i have seen in my life and has me curious after ten years. i dont believe in anything but science and am very rational and clear headed.

sarah walker wrote at 2009-07-09 21:36:34
I was researching this very same topic and came across this question. My father passed away from cancer on June 29, 2009. Exactly two days before he died, I noticed a change in color of his eyes also. His brown eyes became blue, but I believe some people refer to this as "glazed". My brother who is around many animals stated to me that daddy must be close to death because he has seen this eye change before in animals. Anyway, I wanted to post this comment because I didn't want you to think you were the only one who had noticed something like this, and after reading a negative response from a Hospice worker who didn't have a clue to what you were talking about, I wanted you to know that for some odd reason, apparantly it does happen in some cases..I'm in the process of doing research on this topic myself.

Dre wrote at 2009-08-13 18:47:45

Research on eye color changes post mortem.

Dre wrote at 2009-08-13 18:48:22

Research on eye color changes post mortem.

Tami wrote at 2009-08-14 06:32:07
My 19 year old son recently died. We were not able to see him till almost 5 hours after he was pronounced. He was born with dark brown eyes but his eye color postmortem was blue. I have since wondered about this, what it may be called. I have watched the tv series, CSI, and noticed that this is frequently the case of postmortem bodies.

Judy wrote at 2009-08-17 09:54:16
My mom died on August 18, 2004.  I was amazed at the time of her death.  I watched her eyes change from their normal dark brown color to brilliant blue.  My dad died on January 15, 2009 but I saw no such change.  I also don't feel that it is normal postmortem change.

Susie wrote at 2009-09-02 17:45:44
Just wanted to add this after reading about the eye color change. My Dad has just passed away  a month ago, He had green eyes all of his life. But his eyes did change to blue a couple of weeks before he had died. My sister and I could not believe it. We all have his eye color. same has happened to my mom. she too had the green/hazel, when we lost her last year she too left with blue eyes? I didn't grow up with my mom, so I thought maybe she always did have blue and I never noticed them? But I sat beside my dad the whole 8 months of fighting to live. and I am sure his eyes turned blue 2 weeks before he died.

Sandy wrote at 2010-02-17 22:15:42
My daughter had hazel colored eyes when she passed away in 1986 her eyes were a beautiful blue color, then my mom passed away in 2006 she also had hazel eyes and when she passed she had the same beautiful blue eyes.

I thought maye ]be I was crazzy it is so nice to hear about others who have seen the same thing. wrote at 2010-04-10 19:22:20
I also have seen this in my mother when she passed! She lived her whole life with green eyes %26 when she was dead they were blue because thats how we found her %26 she was only 53! It is weird and I am also trying to find out why!

Mark wrote at 2010-12-02 13:25:35
I am here to tell you that what you saw is real.  My wife and I got to the nursing home about 2 hours before my mother passed away.  All her life she had the darkest brown eyes.  I was watching her as her eyelids were about half open and I noticed that her eyes had turned the prettiest baby blue.  I commented to my wife about this and now I see where others have witnessed this same phenomenon.  

ImissyouMAMA wrote at 2010-12-07 16:29:29
My mother was unconscious for 3 days after her stroke. My siblings wanted to pull the plug as there was no hope of leading a normal life according to the doctors. I had just arrived from California but had to trust the doctors that this was true. None the less, I kept whispering in my mother's ears to open her eyes but of course she didn't. I thought if she could just open her eyes then they would see that she was "back" and not pull the plug.  They had all gone home and I was with her during her last breaths. About 1 minute before dying, she opened her eyes and they were the brightest blue I had ever seen and she normally had green eyes. She then closed them and passed from this life. It was so special and so peaceful. She didn't gasp for breath, she just stopped breathing in with no distress. I think she was seeing the "light". I will thank God forever for this experience.

ER wrote at 2010-12-25 19:58:42
First off Thank each of you for your stories it is very nice to see others has saw the same thing. I just lost my Dad on DEC 18, 2010. Even though he was 89 year old he was very healthy up to the time of his passing. My Dad had dark brown almost black eyes all his life and hours prior to his death his eyes were the most beautiful blue. One of my sisters asked the Dr about it and he opened my Dad's eyes and looked at them with a light and said no your Dad has Blue eyes his iris are blue. We explained that he had always had dark brown eyes and he said he had never seen this before and that it was not a glaze the iris were blue. Prior to my Dad's final passing he had passed away and the Dr's brought him back so I feel that he saw Heaven and this is why his eyes changed colors. As someone else stated I will also be thankful to God for giving us this experience.  

pam wrote at 2010-12-31 00:11:02
My father's eyes were brown all of his life.  A couple of days prior to his passing in 2005 they turned a brilliant blue.  I have been researching this for 5 years and haven't been able to find out why or how this happens.

Believer wrote at 2012-04-25 20:28:29
On Jan 10, 2012 my dad died of cancer. My dad was pretty much non-responsive for most of that day. His brown eyes were closed as he slept and hung unto life. At 9:40 that evening my dad opened his eyes and they were the most vivid shade of blue. At that moment my dad looked at me so intently that it was as he was looking through me. He engaged my other two sisters, brother and mother as he departed this world. As soon as my dad took his last breath we all commented about his beautiful blue eyes. I asked, "Why were his eyes so blue"? My mom said, "I don't know because your dad's eyes were always brown". My dad was a believer, a born again Christian, and he shared his faith with family, friends and strangers. I truly believe that my dad saw heaven and the Lord Jesus. I think his eyes reflected what he was seeing. My dad's eyes did not have a glaze over them they were vivid and a "gem" like shade of blue.  

Bonita wrote at 2012-05-16 04:54:17
I'm so glad that others have asked this question.  My father died May 13, 2012.  All my life he and I have shared hazel-green eyes; however, a week prior to his death his suffered a heart attack and his lungs later collapsed.

After these occurrences, his eyes turned a beautiful shade of blue. He never regained his strength well enough to speak clearly, but I'd like to believe that he too witnessed God prior to his home-going. Thank you for your responses.  They're the only answers that I have.  

CHRISTINE MACINNES wrote at 2013-01-09 20:59:58
My son passed away on 26th December 2012.He was only 44 years old.He had big brown eyes.Just before he went he opened his eyes and looked at me.The nurse who was close by must have seen the look of disbelief on my face,as his eyes had changed to a luvly shade of pale blue.She smiled and nodded at me,and I thought it must be quite normal.Now I know it isnt.

Giggly teen wrote at 2013-03-20 20:01:17
My Dad died last week, and a couple of hours before his last breath his eyes changed from hazel to brightest blue with very bright whites. It's been lovely to read others experiences. This is something that I have never heard of before. And would love to know why/how it happened.

Lynn wrote at 2013-04-11 21:07:00
My dad just passed in the 30/3, the night before he passed he looked at me & his eyes where the brightest blue I've ever seen, they were beautiful, I'd really live to know how & why this happened, I will never for get the colour & il never forget my dad. Thank to everyone for sharing there experiences. feel free to email me if ye find the answer. Thanx  

Linda C. wrote at 2013-04-15 13:47:13
I sat with my mother for months in the nursing home. She had hazel eyes. She was a wonderful Christian woman . The last time I saw her awake, I asked her if I could get her anything.She looked directly at me with muddy brown eyes, and said no.. The next day I heard the nurse say oh I see your beautiful blue eyes. I didn't. She died that evening. I had never heard of this.

Bryan wrote at 2013-08-01 11:21:12
My mother just recently passed and was unconcious until about a minute before passing away..Iremember she opened her eyes and they were twinkling with all different colors I was right over top of her and it was as though she was looking right through me as I felt the energy of the holy spirit radiating from her body..she was looking around as though she saw many things. She stopped breathing but the peace and wonder in her eyes told me she felt nothing of it...then I told her I loved her and I knew she loved me and it was ok to go and she closed her eyes in peace..ITHANK God for bringing me peace and understanding from that experience..I know I am a messenger of faith..

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I can give suggestions, encouragement and direction on what hospice is and is not, when it is appropriate, and how to go about getting it. I am familiar with Medicaid and Medicare hospice benefits. I can answer general questions about disease process, what dying looks like, how hospice handles pain and other symptoms, what to expect from a hospice when end of life nears. I can provide support, direction and encouragement related to spiritual matters and psychological matters related to death and dying.


I am a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, and have been the director of nurses for three hospice centers, under two different companies. I have also worked as a contract hospice nurse for a large American hospice company. On a personal level, my father died without benefit of hospice (it was not popular then). I have taken care of dying patients in hospitals and recognize that for most of us, it is preferable to die at home (or in our residence, wherever that may be), comfortably and without anxiety. Also I had no support when my father died; hospice clients are the whole family (however that is defined by the "patient"), and support is provided at least a year after the patient passes. These are the sorts of things (and probably others) that I can help with.

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Registered Nurse (TX), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (TX) ADN Nursing, Excelsior College, Albany, New York (2004) 4.0 GPA BA, Psychology (minor Social Work), Oklahoma University, Norman, OK (1986) 3.67 GPA MHR (MA) Human Relations, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK (1988) 3.5 GPA

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