“Escorting the Dead is a must read because it provides an optimistic alternative view [to the usual NDE books and stories]. It addresses the question from a different angle than what I have seen before.”
“Ms. Sullivan lays out a reality that suggests that life is not really a distinct state, separate from any kind of spiritual world, alternative dimensions of reality, or afterlife. It is all interrelated and part of the same existence where the person controls much of their own destiny and progression.”
“This book was a quick and very interesting read. I came away very uplifted.”
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.
That word probably frightens people more than any other.
Because it represents the ‘great unknown.’ We know less about death than we do about outer space or the deep recesses of Earth’s oceans. After all, it’s not easy to explore a dimension or state of being that requires us to cease living. So, for most of us, death becomes the area that, like on maps of old, was marked with the words: ‘There be monsters here.’
Monsters. Demons. Angels.
These are what we think of when we think about death, because that’s all we know, or at least suspect, based on the stories that we are told about the land of beyond. Of course, some people eschew the typical concept of death being a place or a continuation of some form of life. Instead, they see death as a black nothingness. Still others divide the realm of death into two states: one where demons and monsters abide, and another where angels and cherubs live.
Of course, trying to prove if there is a type of life after the physical body dies isn’t easy to do. After all, how do you gather statistics and measurements when you have no physical form? It is just this conundrum that has plagued most of us who have died and returned.
We have garnered little acceptance from the scientific community regarding our experiences simply because we lack the physical proof of what occurred. All we have is our memory of the events, and even those vary widely based on each person’s interpretation. For instance, for someone who is a strict Catholic, the experience may be interpreted through the filter of their Catholic iconography and tenets; while, someone who is an atheist may describe their experience using a filter of science or space aliens.
Some experiments have been conducted. They are usually of the sort wherein someone is forced into a chemically- or electronically induced death, and then revived within the time limits deemed safe. While these experiments are done within the confines of labs and under the supervision of ‘specialists,’ the interpretation of what did or did not occur on the ‘other side’ (if indeed, the other side was even reached) is still up to the individual who died.
The specialists monitoring the physical side of the experiment can note data on the ‘traveler’s’ body—heart rate, brain waves, blood pressure, etc.—however, they are unable to experience what the traveler who died experienced.
Scientists can site all types of speculation and theories to explain what may or may not have occurred—low oxygen levels in the brain, random electrical pulses, or a bad interpretation of what was happening around the person who was ‘dead’—but without proof of whether the dead person actually traveled, their suppositions are as bogus as their disdain of what the travelers experienced.
So, even though I’ve been there a multitude of times (because not only have I experienced a near-death episode, but I also function as a psychopomp for others—both of which I explain in this book), I understand the skepticism. I know that until we devise some sort of carrier to ferry us (the physical us) into the realm of death and back, all any of us has is our own beliefs as to what awaits us when we die.
To that end, I have written my interpretation of my experiences in the afterlife with the hope that they help people overcome some of their fear of Death. Because death isn’t anything to fear. It’s merely another step along life’s path.
[To find out more about the afterlife, my NDE, and my work as a psychopomp, read the book, “Escorting the Dead.”]
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