Does the Prophet (peace be upon him) come to visit a dying person himself or is it only his image?
The Presence of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or any other person who died is one of the unknown and unseen things that cannot be established except with a Shar`y (Islamic legal) text. Otherwise, no one is allowed to talk about that matter. It is not authentically established by any Ayah (Qur'anic verse) or Hadith that the Prophet (peace be upon him) visited any dying person himself or by his image. People will meet him only on the Day of Resurrection and ask him to intercede with their Lord to move them from the Mawqif (Place of Stationing before the start of Reckoning on the Day of Resurrection). On the same Day, people will also ask the Prophet (peace be upon him) to intercede with Allah on their behalf regarding some other special matters that are due to him as it is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.