Tuesday, July 31, 2012
When my father died unexpectedly 6 years ago it completely rocked my world and my understanding of it. I had lost grandparents, but nothing could prepare me for the shock and devastation I experienced when he passed away at the age of 53. A week or so after his death, I begged God and him for some kind of sign that he was okay and that there was something like Heaven where he was happy and at peace. A few minutes after my plea, I walked in to my son's room to tell him goodnight. He had a monitor in his room that had a light that would turn on when you tapped it. It was situated high on a dresser, far too high for his little hands to reach. When I walked in, the monitor's lights were flashing. It totally stunned me but I just knew in my heart that it was my Dad's way of telling me he was okay.
Despite the sign, I still struggled and ended up going to a grief counselor. I told her about my sign and she gave me some readings on after-death communication that made me even more of a believer. One of the most difficult parts of grief work is accepting the loss. One of my "homework" counseling assignments was to create a closure letter to my Dad. It took me almost a week to write the letter and I brought it to my final counseling session and read it out loud from my counselor. After reading it, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I began to feel a bit better. That night when I was putting my son's laundry away, his monitor began to blink again and I knew that my Dad heard my letter and was encouraging me to move on with my life.
There are many people who experience strange phenomenon when they lose someone close. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven is a collection of "101 Miraculous Stories of Signs from Beyond, Amazing Connections, and Love that Doesn't Die". The collection of stories aims to prove that there is an afterlife and just because your loved ones are no longer here in the physical world, their spirits live on.
Review: Ever since my experience, I have been very interested in hearing other's stories of their own after death communications. The book was a beautiful collection of such stories and the experiences range from hearing from loved ones who are dying that they have had a glimpse into Heaven and know they will be alright to signs from deceased relatives and answered prayers following their deaths. True to the first hand experiences I have heard from others who have had after death communications, each person experiences them in their own unique way. There are stories that truly warm the heart and those that made me cry. However, they do help cement my belief that we are just simply here for a short period of time and will someday be with everyone we have loved in a better place. This would be a great book for anyone to read, but may be particularly helpful for someone who is grieving the loss of someone.
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I was provided with the above mentioned book in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received and the views expressed here are my own.
Posted by Jamie Z at 7:55 PM