The death of someone you love is one of the darkest hours of life. Their life is just done? That’s all there is to it? And what about me? Losing a family member or close friend feels worse than losing your arm.
Grieving about losing someone you love is normal and healthy. And during your grieving time, take heart that their life is continuing…that life will never stop for any of us. Since we’re created by the Spirit, who exists forever without limit or end, we each possess immortality. Our eternal Source is always seeing and supporting what he created us to be– now and forever– individual expressions of His infinite intelligence, life and love.
A fascinating phenomenon that, to me, corroborates eternal life is that there are thousands of people who have actually experienced “death”– all brain, heart and pulmonary activity had stopped– and subsequently were resuscitated. A significant percentage of these people (one estimate is 10%) had what is called a “near-death experience” (NDE). This means that even though they were medically “dead”, they had conscious experiences like leaving their previous physical body, viewing life experiences that involved moral choices, and understanding a continuity of their life in more conscious connection with all-forgiving, all-encompassing divine Love.
What these people experienced is very consistent with Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas about the nature of death: that it is not an end of life, but a transition step in a continuing path of life-learning and life-experience. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she writes,
“In the illusion of death, mortals wake to the knowledge of two facts: (1) that they are not dead; (2) that they have but passed the portals of a new belief.” (click to read)
“Mortals waken from the dream of death with bodies unseen by those who think that they bury the body.” (click to read)
This means your loved one is OK, right now. They’re continuing to learn and love. And you will see them again.
And the same Spirit that is guiding, informing and loving them, is moving you forward too, opening expanded and deepening experiences of self, relationships and possibilities. Acknowledge this fact for a few moments every hour today.
…and let me know if I can help.
Learn more about near-death experiences and medical research about them at these websites: