Hope For Life After Death



After my mother died recently, my father had an extraordinary experience. 

My mother had a strong attachment to family and home.  She was a stay-at-home mom for most of her life.  Family and home were the center of her life.  A few weeks ago she passed away.  After feeling a pain in her abdomen, she went for a scan.  They found a tumor on her pancreas, the worst type of cancer.  With a speed I thought not possible, she became ill and within weeks died in a terrible way, entering into a place of pain and suffering.  I can only be thankful she did not suffer for long, which is very little to be thankful for.

This was very hard on my father, who cared for my mom the best he could, but was helpless as he watched the symptoms of the cancer rapidly progress.  After over 50 years of marriage, my father was suddenly alone.  My father is a no-nonsense guy, and not a religious man.  He said he did not know if there is life after death, but he doubted it.  However, he said he knew  mom was not suffering anymore, even if she was only in oblivion.

Then a few days ago my dad told me his story.  It was early evening, eleven days after my mom died.  He was sitting in a basement room that was made into a little office.  He was on his computer doing some stuff, when he noticed a bright light in the corner of his right eye, where the open doorway was.  He turned a bit to look, when the light slowly moved behind him and to his left.  He looked to his left and saw a bright pillar of light.  The light was not on the wall, but in midair, and as tall as a person.  As the light had passed behind him, a fragrance filled the room, of flowers and lavender, as if someone were wearing a strong perfume.

My dad said the scent reminded him of perfume my mom liked to wear as a young lady.  The light was bright, lasted for a number of seconds, then faded away.  But the fragrance lingered longer.  Dad said he was overcome with a feeling of true peace.  And he felt…not words, but some knowledge, as if mom impressed on him that she was ok now, and for him to “Go do your thing.”  Go on with life.

When dad told me his story, I was amazed.  He said he thinks mom visited him one last time before going on to wherever she is going.  And that he’ll not see her again, until his turn comes.

I believe Mom had visited him one last time.  Perhaps dad needed to know mom still exists, and there is hope for life after death.   Dad seemed to have a change of heart about some things now. He seems more open to possibilities, and at peace after mom’s passing.

11 Responses to “Hope For Life After Death”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    I believe in souls and I can’t see how one can believe in souls without trusting that they aren’t wasted when our bodies have gone.

  2. *lynne* Says:



    “Then I will tell you a great secret, Captain. Perhaps the greatest of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up this station and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out.”
    – Delenn to Capt Sheridan (Babylon5: A Distant Star)

    On one hand I’m very much of the “star stuff” camp, but I wonder how that would explain/accommodate your father’s experience.

    I’m glad the experienced what he did, though: hopefully it will help him ‘move on’ and not live in the past during his remaining time on earth.

  3. David Says:

    Hi Lynne,
    I never expected for a family member to experience something like this first hand. It always seemed like something that would happen only to other people. I think my father really needed this experience, and thats why mom showed up.

  4. David Says:

    Stephanie, a lot of people don’t believe in what they can’t see. What I have discovered is that if we want clues to the existence of the soul, all we have to do is look and listen. Since I have started my blog, I have been getting stories about people’s first hand experiences with the paranormal. I think these are important stories. Exactly what is being experienced we don’t know. But something is out there!

  5. Fred Says:

    Thanks for sharing this special experience of your father.

  6. steve Says:

    i lost my mom last year and appreciate that story. My dad was married 61 years to mom and had 5 children, me being the youngest. They ate breakfast, and mom brought there coffee into the living rm and they did there usual routine and watched the news. When dad leaned over on the couch to tell her something, mom was gone, just likr that, no noise, or signs. They both have claimed to see ghosts in the house, as prior people who lived there died. Imiss her so much and she never said bye to us. I wish this would happen to me and dad to make things better for all of us, Your blessed, with a great gift.

  7. David Says:

    Hi Steve,
    Thanks for your story. I am sorry for your loss.

  8. GnosticGirl Says:

    Hi David,

    I am sorry to hear about the passing of your Mum, I really feel for you and your Dad reading that.

    I thought I’d share something with you about mine that I wrote a little while back:


    (That course is seriously the best thing I have ever done!)

  9. Linda Says:

    Sad you lost your Mum. But it must have brought great comfort to your father to have experienced the scent

  10. CHRISTIAN Says:

    the life we are living is like a spirit in an object, controlling that particular object.
    man is a spirit living in the body(object) if the man leaves the body, the body becomes an object which has to be taking out of site because the man which is spirit is out.
    now the big question is after spirit is out where does it go to?
    The cold answer is we are powerless the powerful spirits are JEHOVAH AND SATAN so this two determined where the spirit stay. JEHOVAH CAN ONLY CHOSE YOU IF YOU LEAVE ON EARTH ACCORDING TO HIS WILL (SALVATION) SATAN WILL only chose you if you leave against the will of JEHOVAH. SATAN PLACE IS HELL FIRE

  11. David Says:

    Hi Christian,
    My personal opinion is Jehovah will be pretty flexible about who gets the hellfire and who doesn’t. Again, my personal opinion is that salvation does not come from dogma or theology. If it did, then we’d all be damned to hellfire. IF only ONE dogma granted salvation, what are the odds our religion is the True One? What if the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the One True Faith, or the Mormons, or the Muslims? Then salvation becomes a roll of the dice…luck in choosing the right faith. Not something I imagine God would play dice with.

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