They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies. – William Penn
Well, we made it through our first Christmas without Dad. In case you didn’t know, my Dad passed away 6 months ago so we’ve been dealing with many firsts in the last few months, my parents’ first anniversary and his first birthday (is there such a thing to celebrate when he’s not here?), the first Halloween, Thanksgiving and now Christmas. In the near future looms New Year’s Eve and my Mom’s birthday. According to helpful friends, the year of firsts without Dad are the hardest which I imagine is true having been through a bunch so far…but it is supposed to get easier with time which is a relief.
I awoke this morning pondering life after death and thought I’d ask you ~ my blogging community ~ to help me again navigate these muddy waters. Many of you have special gifts that you’ve shared with me so I figure if anyone can help, it would be you. I”m too close to see the forest for the trees so I’d like to rely on you.
Do you believe in life after death? Do you believe you can come back to be with your loved ones even for a little bit? Do you believe that spirits can rattle windows or become squawking birds? How about hovering around the house and moving objects in a mischievous manner? Can they enter our dreams to show us that they are happy? Do they possess the ability to play with electricity? Can they leave us signs? Can they turn into cardinals or butterflies to show us they are nearby?
In case you weren’t able to guess, the above happened to our family ~ although I am a bit skeptical since not all of the above were experienced by me. But to my Mom, they are definite signs of Dad. In fact, she knows that he’s been back to visit her, to let her know that he’s still around watching over her.
I’d love to hear your experiences if you have had any and if you’d share with me. Because I think that especially around the holidays, the empty chair of a loved one who has passed is most felt now. We tried to make it easier for my Mom by changing it up this year and my sister AAngel hostessed Christmas Day so that we wouldn’t have the memory of Dad’s empty chair. For the most part, I think it worked well ~ she subtly lit a white candle on her table for him which I thought was most caring.
Have you experienced any after death visits?
Do you believe in the ability for loved ones to come back to visit?
Do you have any suggestions on how to get through the rest of the year of firsts?
Any and all suggestions, stories and experiences are appreciated!
I found a few blogs who had a bit to say on the subject as well ~ I thought you might like to check them out too!