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January 26, 2013

Looking Back: Belief of life after death offers tranquility

As I write this column, tears of sadness have been shed. I didn’t think I could express myself for fear of sounding so remorseful to the point of despair. 

But why the change — the change to calm and tranquility? I can truthfully say that a different outlook and hope has a tremendous effect — an effect on anyone. especially those grieving.

Let me go back to the cause of my tears of sorrow, of sadness, to the point where my heart actually hurts. One of our very dear, dear friends has died. Many people use the term that he or she has “passed,” but passed where? Gone where?

Throughout this lifetime there have been many deaths. There have been many funerals, memorials, wakes, viewings or whatever the label is put on of the saying of goodbye to a life that has ceased — a life that will be missed. Where is that energy, that life force?

Nobody likes to talk or even think about this subject, but pages have been written with all the “could-be”s  through customs, traditions and even fantasies. A thinking person, upon much research, might even come to the conclusion: Nobody knows. Perhaps that is true with the many, but upon a deep thorough investigation and a factual one, “seeing” — seeing with the eyes of understanding — can be most enlightening to the point of, as I mentioned, the calm and tranquility. You can call that peace of mind.

“Passed where?” could be interpreted to a passing through this life and into another. That’s an interesting line of thought because our human body was designed to heal itself. Even our cells renew themselves every seven years — so I’ve read. Fact is that we, the human, ages and dies. But the body does or had the ability to regenerate and heal itself. That is confirmed by medical science. Can there be regeneration or a reawakening? 

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