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After We Die
Do you believe there is a Heaven?
Written May 2012 by Anne DiGeorge (awordlover)
Published February 2014 by Rachael O'Halloran for Anne DiGeorge
Updated 12/21/2014 with Dr. Raymond Moody video at end of article.
What do you think?
After we die, where do you think we go?
"No one knows when that day or hour will come .. except for the Father."
An essay of observations and reflections by awordlover (Anne DiGeorge)
"Time of Death ... 3:12AM"
I can't tell you how many times I have either said that or heard it in my professional life. I also don't know why people have to die at 3AM but they do. I worked third shift (11PM to 7AM or 7PM to 7AM) in hospitals and nursing homes for over 30 years. Same shift, different place. The old saying about things going bump in the night can be well attested to by health care professionals who work third shift.
Unless one has insider knowledge, most of us do not know the date or time of our death. Sure, doctors can guestimate if you have a terminal illness and sometimes they can be darn close. But there are just as many stories from patients where doctors have missed the mark, sometimes by years. But I'm talking about normal healthy people.
You will never know if a drunk driver speeding through a red light two blocks ahead will be the one that hits your car broadside and kills you instantly. If you had foreknowledge, you'd probably pull over or take a different route, right? And who knows if that different route would put another whole set of cause and effect laws in place?
You will never know when a routine surgery will go very wrong, either due to a traveling blood clot, bad reaction to anesthesia, or surgeon error. If you knew in advance, you might choose not to have that surgery, right? Well, who knows if months or years down the line, if that decision against surgery would have led to a bigger health issue. We don't know. It's all a crapshoot.
I often wondered if we did know the exact time, date, and place of death if we would want to know.
For me, I never want to know. I think it would seriously impact the way I live my life, causing me to approach many happy occasions morbidly and put a damper on things for others. While it is true that I have Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn's Disease and a brain tumor that has to be reduced periodically, my doctors have never given me a prognosis in months or years. I have never looked at any of these ailments as a death sentence. I look at these things as just excess baggage that I carry around with me. As I'm fond of saying, I can still walk, talk and chew gum at the same time. lol
I think in the grand scheme of things, there are so many good reasons why the Book of Life has that last page torn out of it.
Other than people who will find nefarious ways to profit (like taking out large life insurance policies on a relative, for example), I think one of the reasons we don't know is so we will not be preoccupied with the end of life that we miss out on the enjoyment of living our life.
In my line of work, unfortunately I faced death every day until my retirement five years ago. To be in attendance of people who are dying is truly an eye opening experience. Each person experiences death differently; some people die peacefully, some are violent, some are in and out of coma, some are lucid. It is in the listening, not the talking, to these people that reinforced why I view death much differently now than I did as I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. Back then, it was a very scary thought.
I guess I have always wondered "What happens after we die?"
Pondering thoughts while taking in nature
1 minute duration: Here's what some people believe happens after we die.
What do you hope happens after you die?
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
I could never wrap my head around some people's concept that there is no God.
I think I am even offended when people write it with a small "g" like this "god," because God should be revered, in my opinion, which includes a capital "G."
However, if you are like Stephen Hawking in the next video and don't believe there is a God, then am I to assume your views of what happens after you die is just as negative?
Note from Rachael 2/9/2014: Link added for interview: As a scientist, Hawking has long said that there is no God who created the earth and, that if there is no God who created the earth, then there is no God or Heaven. Share your thoughts after you read the following interview and view the video.
Here's the link to the interview:
Famous physicist Stephen Hawking - He's says there is no God
I don't assume this guy talks for all atheists, but I did view quite a few You Tube videos before choosing this one. His philosophy is pretty much what most of the others say. His video is to the point and just happens to also be the shortest one, which is what I look for when I'm choosing videos for my hubs.
2 minute video - What atheists think will happen when they die.
This is not my experience. It is a 2007 article on one woman's experience.
- What Happens After Death? My Personal Experience - Yahoo Voices - voices.yahoo.com
I began to float toward the ceiling where I stopped and looked down at the scenario taking place below. There was my own lifeless body on the bed.
Edgar Cayce & A.R.E. Center
By age 12, I started reading about reincarnation and delved into the writings of Edgar Cayce. I have been on several trips to the A.R.E. Center in Virginia. By not embracing any one religion, I was open to so many different possibilities. Reading everything I could get my hands on about past life experiences and near death experiences consumed the next 30 years of my life. Reincarnation was the mindset that governed how I approached death from age 16 onward.
I wondered, What did other people believe?
I think If I had remained a staunch Catholic, and not read about different theories, the stories that patients told me of their near death experiences might have met with a very different reception from me. Talking to and listening to patients and holding their hands as they passed from life over to death would most likely have been right out of the Theology textbooks of college.
Instead, I believe I made a difference by lending an ear and helping in peaceful passings. That may be presumptuous on my part because no one has come back from the dead to tell me differently, so I'd like to think I helped in some small way. If anything, they were not alone and that is the best that I can hope for when my time comes.
1 minute Introduction to Edgar Cayce
James Leininger's story
6-year-old James Leininger believes he was a WW II fighter pilot on a mission over the Pacific and was shot down. He told the story so often, his parents finally researched it on the internet to see if any stories matched their son's. They found out that James M. Huston Jr. was shot down by the Japanese during a raid near Iwo Jima on March 3, 1945.
The link gives you some background on James. The video is an update of the story so see if you think this is a case of reincarnation.
Did this child have a past life? Or a vivid dream?
A case of reincarnation?
Do you think James Leiniger was reincarnated from James Huston, a WW II bomber pilot?
Is there a doorway to heaven?
The Act of Dying
Are you afraid to die? The actual act of dying, not the pain of it.
Fear of Death
Do you think the majority of people in this world have a fear of death?
Some people believe they will die and come back in new body to correct wrongs they have done. Some people believe they will die and come back as animals.
Some people believe they will die and go to to heaven to wait until the end of time.
Some people believe they will die and come back. Period. Just that they will come back.
Some people believe they will come back as a relative or friend they know in this life and "walk a mile" in their shoes.
Some people believe they will die and come back to experience whatever bad things they ever did to other people.
Some people believe they will die and that they come back in different professions and opposite sex to experience and learn whatever they did not experience and learn in this life.
3 minute video - A neurosurgeon's experience in Heaven
The Dalai Lama's 18 Rules of Living
1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson
3. Follow the three Rs:
- Respect for self
- Respect for others
- Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Here's what Dr Raymond Moody has to say after life after death
Death happens to everyone, so
Why do you think death makes us sad?
What happens after we die?
Is it the end of life, or the beginning of something else?
Some people won't accept that death is final and that there's nothing after this life.
Other people can't wait to get out of this life, so they just help it along.
Still others have been revived from death and tell us of their experiences.
Of course, no one knows for sure. But the beauty of living in this world in the year 2012 is that we can each believe whatever we want and not be condemned for it.
It is always interesting to listen to what people think on this subject - whether you meet them over dinner or hold their hand while they are on their deathbed.
The act of death is not all about religion because some people have never been exposed to religion all their lives. Either their parents never sent them to church or somehow church and religion just didn't factor into their lifestyle.
Everyone has an opinion and I respect that. I was not able to say that in 1971.
What I believe really doesn't have a place here.
This essay is merely to give a few ideas to provoke your thought processes to help you to know where you stand.
Thank you for not copying my article
Written in May 2012 by awordlover
On 2/7/2014 this hub was updated with links and photos by Rachael O'Halloran.
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