Available in paperback and ebook at most online book sellers. It is also available as part of a two-book set called “Choices.”
Anyone who has ever been touched by the death of a friend or loved one will want to read this book. It can help you understand that death isn’t the end, it’s merely another step in life’s path. This book touches on a subject that is meaningful to all us, death and the afterlife. Read how a bicycle accident and near-death experience changed the author’s life along with her understanding of life and death. Out of this experience also came her job of escorting the dead to the afterlife. A job that she says, “…is filled with as much heartache as it is joy. It’s a job that has taught me a lot about compassion and love, but most of all, it has taught me that death isn’t the end of life.” The accident opened up a world that most of us never see until we die; however, for her, it’s a world that she visits often while escorting departing souls to their new existence in the afterlife.
Have you ever thought about what happens when we die? Most of us have, I’m sure. Every time someone in your social circle dies—friend, relative, co-worker, acquaintance—you wonder. Even when it’s someone you merely read about in the news, there’s still that fleeting wonder of whether there is something more, something beyond this life, waiting for them.
Maybe it’s about time that we brought death out of the coffin (so to speak). Maybe if we pull back the shroud we’ll see that what lies beyond isn’t really as frightening as we think. Maybe the image of a grim reaper coming forth from its stygian depths to spirit us away isn’t as far off as we’d like to believe, yet death certainly isn’t as bleak and intimidating as we fear, either.
And do we even really know what death is? According to the dictionary, death is the state of non-being. However, logic, common sense, science, and religion all tell us that there is no such state. They all say that although the physical form ceases to function, another part of us lives on; therefore, you can never not be.
That part of us that continues to exist is referred to by religion as the soul, the core, essence, the spirit, and the chi; while science calls it the psyche, the aura, a vibrational frequency, and a type of energy. Whatever name you give it, something of us remains once the body ceases to be. So, death is really just an altered state of being, a state in which matter ceases to function, but awareness continues.
So, while the person we knew and interacted with is no longer available to us, while we can no longer pick up a phone and call or text them, receive emails from them, or see their smiling face, they still exist, just not in a state we recognize.
But where do they exist? In what form do they exist? Why can’t we see them, hear them, or interact with them?
Every culture, religion, family or tribe, has their own way of answering those questions—and sometimes even more than one answer.
The Mayans believed that the underworld had nine layers and their version of heaven had 13 layers.
The Ancient Egyptians conceived of an afterlife that was quite similar to normal physical existence. The model for this new existence was the journey of the Sun. At night the Sun descended into the Duat (the underworld). Eventually the Sun met the body of the mummified Osiris, and Osiris and the Sun, re-energized by each other, rose to a new life for another day. For the deceased, their body and their tomb were their personal Osiris and Duat.
Today, the beliefs are as myriad as the stars above. Most Christians believe in some form of heaven, complete with angels, cherubs, heavenly choirs, and a long-bearded, robed man waiting at the entrance to a large golden gate. They also believe in hell; a place that is depicted as being either torridly hot or frigidly cold and containing pitch-fork laden, goat-eyed, horned, and tailed half-men whose only job is to provoke them.
Meanwhile, many of those who follow Wicca, Buddhism, and other similar religions believe that at death the dying consciousness of the body moves to a new biological structure (usually another human body, although some believe that the consciousness can be reborn as an animal) and continues the cycle of lives with little interruption. These people believe that an eternal afterlife only occurs once all the levels of physicality have been completed.
For others, there is no afterlife at all. Life simply ends when the body dies, and that’s it. Still others believe that the afterlife is simply one step removed from our own world, sharing the same space as our world, but not viewable (except by a few chosen who see and speak to spirits). They believe that everyone who dies just watches over us while waiting for us to join them.
And just maybe that’s why we’re so frightened. There are so many possibilities, so many beliefs, that we don’t know what to think. We start second-guessing ourselves and wondering what’s real. Are our loved ones in heaven (or hell), or is that just a platitude that others tell us to comfort us during our bereavement? Do people really come back as someone or something else, or are they hanging around, just out of sight, waiting for us physicals to notice them (can you imagine just how crowded that would make their reality)?
But just because we aren’t sure what type of world actually exists beyond our own, doesn’t mean that some type of afterlife doesn’t exist. Science has suggested that there are layers to our reality that even we haven’t been able to fully grasp. And many doctors and their patients are convinced that they have witnessed the afterlife when declared clinically dead, and then returned to life through the miracles of modern medicine.
Read the book, and then decide for yourself.