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Psychic Glimpse of Death

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"As Admiral Pike was dying, I joined with his consciousness and experienced what he felt at the moment of his passing: anger, confusion, loneliness... fear."

The moment when a character dies and someone else is there, not just physically (most of the time) with them, but actually inside their minds when the moment comes. The method does not matter: whether through Telepathy, magic, technology or some other means, these two minds have been connected at the moment of death.

What would one feel from another's dying mind? Reflections on their life? Feelings of fear, regret, acceptance, peace? And how would that affect the one who lives? How would they go on after having glimpsed what lies beyond? Often they will be changed dramatically, and may have trouble reconciling what they experienced with life going forward or may gain a new appreciation for life, depending on their outlook and whether or not the experience was traumatic.

May be possible between Mindlink Mates, Mental Fusion, or with a Psychic Link. Contrast Synchronization where the link would actually prove fatal to both parties if one dies and Psychic-Assisted Suicide where telepathic control is used to force someone to kill themselves. Not to be confused with Foreseeing My Death, which is about glimpsing one's own death in the future.


Comic Book
  • X-Men:
    • Jean Grey's telepathic powers first kicked in when she and a friend were in a car accident and her friend died, causing her to experience the death mentally. That led to years of therapy with Professor Xavier.
    • Minor villain Mr. X (not to be confused with Xavier) had his telepathy awaken in a similar manner, but he never received any help from other telepaths and developed an addiction to the sensation, becoming a serial killer.


  • Pacific Rim opens with Raleigh piloting Gipsy Danger with his brother Yancy, which means they're in the drift, the mental link between the two pilots that enables them to control the Jaeger's systems, when Yancy is torn out of the Jaeger while they are still drifting, giving Raleigh a brief flash of his brother's moment of death.
  • X-Men: First Class: Toward the end, Erik manages to get Shaw's telepathy blocking helmet off allowing Charles to psychically freeze him in place. With Shaw now helpless before him, Erik uses his powers to push a coin through Shaw's brain, killing him, as Charles, in another location, screams the entire way through.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: When Harrison attacks the meeting of Starfleet brass in the aftermath of his London bombing, Captain Pike is mortally wounded. As he lays dying, Spock Mind Melds with him right up until his final thoughts cease. He later describes what he felt to Kirk and Uhura.


  • The Psi Corps Trilogy portrays Alfred Bester's rise through the Corps to become the Psi Cop known on Babylon 5, including several death bed scans, which he kept volunteering for to see what was on the other side, possibly losing the best part of himself in the process.
  • In The Dresden Files novel White Night, Harry asks his apprentice Molly to try to connect with the body of a recently deceased woman to try and witness her death firsthand. Harry asks this knowing it won't be a pleasant experience for Molly, but she's better at mind magic than he is and they have no other clues. In a mixed blessing, Molly discovers this woman was killed by a vampire of the White Court, which consist of succubi and incubi, and thus died while in the throes of passion. Molly experiences that, too.
  • In The Wheel of Time, the Sword and Sorcerer arrangement between Warders and Aes Sedai (respectively) includes a low-level Psychic Link that transmits their emotional and physical states. It's incredibly traumatic to the survivor if one of them dies: an Aes Sedai is left emotionally devastated for months, while a Warder usually makes a berserk Self-Destructive Charge and needs long-term rehabilitation if they survive their rampage.
  • In Animorphs, Jake's body is possessed by a Puppeteer Parasite alien and his friends have to tie him up and wait for it to starve in order to stop him from endangering everyone else. Jake feels everything the alien does the whole time it starves to death, including the moment of its death, and says that he glimpses something terrifying right as it dies, which is later revealed to be Crayak in The Attack.
  • The climax of the last novel of the Hyperion Cantos, The Rise of Endymion, is Aenea broadcasting her torture and death to the whole of humanity (well, except for the tormentors themselves).

Live-Action TV

  • Babylon 5: In the fifth season episode "The Paragon of Animals", Lyta does a "death bed scan", trying to get critical information out of a comatose Ranger before he dies and it's lost. Right after she finds what he knows, she sees him standing at the end of the bed. He makes a Last Request not to let his death be in vain then goes to where a glowing portal opens before stepping through it. Later Mr. Garibaldi finds her and hears what it's like, that at that moment, it pulls at you and part of you actually goes through with the dying person, never to return. It's also suggested at one point that the villainous telepath Bester's sociopathy may be related to doing it too often due to curiosity about the afterlife.
  • The "Black Museum" episode of Black Mirror features a doctor who is fitted with an implant that lets him feel what his patients are feeling, to aid with diagnosis. When he gets an elderly patient ostensibly undergoing a simple heart attack, he delays defibrillation because he can feel something else happening that he can't put his finger on — and then he experiences her death. This not only knocks him unconscious, it fritzes his implant so that he starts feeling other people's pain as pleasure, and develops a masochistic addiction to it.