"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." ~John S. Whale
A question that's often asked is - what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by Colm Keane is called 'Heading For The Light'. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors.
In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. There is also a feeling of weightlessness or a floating sensation. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness. The sense of peace felt, is described as beyond anything they experienced in this world. The book explains all of this and much more in great detail.
Whether you believe that this is what happens when we die or not, whether you accept or reject it, agree with or argue against it, is up to each of us. But this is almost certain what will happen to each of us when we die. This is what has happened to our family and friends who are deceased, to our ancestors who go back many generations and to all future generations too. During these days of November we remember with love all those who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen