Life After Death

When we contemplate the afterlife, we might imagine a paradise of angels and loved ones who have gone before us--a blissful place. Imagining the beauty of heaven can be of great comfort at a time of grief, offering hope that life after death is not just a wish but a promise fulfilled.
Surgeon and bestselling author Mary C. Neal

Dr. Mary C. Neal Recalls Her Inspiring Near-Death Experience

In this series of videos, surgeon and bestselling author Dr. Mary C. Neal recounts in detail the near-death experience she went through in 1999 and how it has impacted her life in the years since.

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Do You Have Questions About Heaven?

Revelations from the author of a new book about her near-death experience.

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Guideposts Classics: Arthur Godfrey on God's Mysterious Gifts

In this story from March 1950, beloved entertainer Arthur Godfrey recalls a time when his life was changed by a divinely inspired dream.

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Little Yellow Angel

A feathered friend becomes a source of comfort.

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A Spiritual Director on Inspiring 'Sunset Moments' of the Dying

Spiritual director Ann Satterfield talks about mysteries and miracles that can occur at the end of life on this earth.

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The Science Behind a Broken Heart

Is there science behind the phenomenon of couples dying together? 

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Glimpses of Heaven: Sometimes Christmas Comes Early

Glimpses of Heaven: Sometimes Christmas Comes Early

Glimpses of Heaven author Trudy Harris shares a touching true story about this sacred time of year.

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Dr. Raymond Moody, the dean of near-death-experience (NDE) studies

Dr. Raymond Moody: The Secrets of the Afterlife

Mysterious Ways sat down with Dr. Raymond Moody, known as the dean of near-death-experience (NDE) studies, to discuss the great beyond, the “nonsense of dying” and his own trip to the outskirts of eternity.

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Dr. Raymond Moody on Life and the Afterlife

What has this NDE expert and author of the best-selling Life After Life learned about the afterlife?

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'The Miracle Man' Who Went to Heaven and Came Back

Doctors couldn't explain how Darryl "The Miracle Man" Perry came back to life. But he knew it was all God's doing.

6 tips for responding to the words of the dying.

5 Ways to Respond to the Last Words of the Dying

In Part 3, linguist Lisa Smartt shares some wisdom for family, friends and caregivers.

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Speech patterns in the words of the dying reveal more about life after death.

5 Characteristics of the Last Words of the Dying

In Part 2, linguist Lisa Smartt uncovers patterns of speech that reveal more about life after death.

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The meaning of the last words of the dying.

The Words of the Dying–Part 1

Her father's death moves a linguist to explore the meaning of the mysterious final words of the dying.

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Escorted to Heaven by Angels

Be inspired by these tales of heavenly guides bringing comfort and reassurance to people in the final hours of their lives and to the loved ones who are saying goodbye to them.

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It was a station their radio wasn’t programmed to receive, but the connection was made, loud and clear.
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Brett LeveridgeDec 20, 2013

God takes our lives in many directions and we often do not know why. He placed a love in Melissa’s heart for foster children many years ago; over the years she fostered more than 200 children, adopting nine. She knew their needs well and loved them by God’s grace alone. This is her story:

"Jessie’s seventh birthday was a very special day for all of us. On that day the caseworker brought her to our home and made us a family; as Jessie said, 'I’m here, now we can all be happy.'

The next seven years with Jessie were wonderful; she loved children, always wanting me to take more little ones into our home, helping with feeding time, rocking and playing with them and never minding being asked to help. Jessie was athletic, loved to swim, surf, skateboard, do gymnastics, track, camping and just being outside with the little ones.

A few days before Christmas 2003 Jessie came to me with blisters in her mouth and dark spots on her legs, which was immediately diagnosed as Aplastic Anemia. Jessie entered the hospital and fought for her life for the next four and a half months, but by God’s plan alone, she entered her eternity on May 11, 2004.

The day she died, my 10-year-old daughter, Trisha, sat with me, hand in hand, begging God to save Jessie. Her ICU room was filled with 50 people all singing 'Amazing Grace.' A few days later, my 3-year-old, Jordan, demanded to be taken back to the hospital to see for herself that we hadn't left Jessie there. She visited her room, where another little girl was now, and announced, 'That little girl is going to heaven too'; and so she did, just a few days later. She was recognizing God’s hand on all of us.

Very soon thereafter, I heard about a brother and sister who were both double amputees and we prayed hard that God would tell us what he wanted us to do; before long Timothy, 5, and Rachael, 13, became part of our family. We had heard earlier about three other little ones and we promised we could take them as well, if they were available. Pretty soon we were a family of nine, now including Lacie, David and Michelle.

God promises he will not give us more than we can handle and that he goes before us to clear the path for us. Through Jessie’s life and death, God showed us we could do anything he asked of us. The pain and sorrow of her death proved to all of us that we were a lot stronger than we ever knew, when Jesus himself walks with us."

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"Jessie’s seventh birthday was a very special day for all of us. On that day the caseworker brought her to our home and made us a family; as Jessie said, 'I’m here, now we can all be happy.' The next seven years with Jessie were wonderful...

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Trudy HarrisNov 25, 2013

The Mother God Called Me to Be

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I think most of us probably never stop wondering about heaven. It is natural to ponder the unknown and to have some anxiety about what we have not yet experienced.

God’s assurances should bring us a great deal of comfort—and they do—but being human, we are always looking for more. In his great mercy, God allows people to have experiences of being near death and then coming back to tell us about it. Today more than ever people are willing to share their experiences and those of loved ones, and that is wonderfully helpful.

An 89-year-old veteran of the Royal Air Force wrote to me recently. He had questions to ask as well as stories to tell. In his past, he had heard about a man, close to death, who could not or would not stop screaming. He fought so hard to stay alive—and he did, but it left everyone wondering what he was so afraid of. That story stayed with him.

Years later, a very dear friend of his was having a pacemaker inserted. During the procedure he had a near-death experience. He said that he saw a white city so beautiful it took his breath away. It was serene and peaceful and he did not want to return to life as he knew it. After this experience, the man never feared death again and lived happily to be 90 years old.

The veteran asked if I had anything to share that would better prepare him for that inevitable day. The answer to that is always to pray, to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us each day and to rest in the understanding that God made us and loves us and wants us home with him for all eternity.

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I think most of us probably never stop wondering about heaven. It is natural to ponder the unknown and to have some anxiety about what we have not yet experienced.

God’s assurances should bring us a great deal of comfort—and they do—but being human, we are always looking for more. In his great mercy, God allows people to have experiences of being near death and then coming back to tell us about it...

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Trudy HarrisNov 11, 2013

Do We Ever Stop Wondering About Heaven?

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Several years ago, a lovely woman held a luncheon where I met her friends and signed copies of my book. It was a wonderful day. Many of the women wanted to share with me their stories about loved ones dying or glimpses of heaven after their deaths.

Last month, when I saw the woman who organized the event, this woman told me of her mother’s recent death; she worried about her mother because her mother was not really a Christian. She tried to put these thoughts away as best she could, but they still often came to her mind. She decided to pray about it and leave the rest to God.

In time she took on the task of emptying her mother’s house and sharing everything she found with the rest of the family. When she was carrying out the last boxes, a sudden gust of wind blew a stack of papers out of the box and they scattered everywhere. She quickly gathered most of them, but she could see a tiny piece of paper still flying around in the distance. Something nudged her to go after it.

When she finally retrieved it, she saw, written in her mother’s own hand, a passage from Scripture: “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

She felt as if God himself had spoken to her and given peace to her worried heart. Indeed he had. Her mother had obviously been searching for Jesus for a long time and there, on that piece of paper, she had written his assurance to her.

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Trudy HarrisSep 16, 2013

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I had seen a lovely couple at church each morning for years. Joe had a beautiful smile and, although aging and carrying oxygen, had an unmistakable zest for life, love and family.

Somewhere along the way Joe began to decline, but he was determined not to die or leave his wife and family. We watched as he struggled each day to get around with his walker, all the while smiling at everyone he passed. He continued to exercise and use his treadmill faithfully. His wife said he simply loved life so much, he had no intention of letting go any time soon.

Eventually when all treatments were deemed to be of no avail, he began to give in to God’s call and prepare to go home. He did not give up his determination to work out ever day, eat as well as he could and love deeply, as he always had, but he faced the reality of leaving with the same smile and determination he had always exhibited. His wife and family were with him constantly, assuring him of the great love he had given them and now they were simply giving it back to him.

As he was close to death, he strained hard to see something that must have appeared very far away. “There are so many of them everywhere,” he said, looking around the room smiling. “They are in the distance, hundreds of them.” He appeared happy they were there. He died a few minutes later.

Here was a man full of life, love and faith. God gave him the glimpse of heaven he knew would intrigue and delight him. He deals with us as if we were the only person in the world—that kind of love is not known to man, but it is the kind of love to which God calls us.

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I visited my dermatologist this week and chatted with the medical assistant, who was outgoing and easy to talk with. She told me about her daughter, who was studying to be a nurse.

“I always wanted to be a nurse too,” she said “but it’s too late now I know.” She had all the qualities a good nurse needs and I assured her that it is never too late. She asked what kind of nursing I had done, and when I told her hospice, she said, “Oh, that has to be so sad.” I assured her that at times it is, but that more often than not, as patients get closer to their time of dying, they become very peaceful and have wonderful experiences of seeing loved ones who have died before them, hearing beautiful music and being visited by angels.

That’s all it took. Inevitably when you open the door to how natural heavenly experiences are, people have a story to tell. It seems that the medical assistant’s mother had struggled for years with illnesses associated with end-stage diabetes, and although she was only 69, she was just worn out by the disease and died. She had struggled with the pain of losing her mother, but also with her feelings of guilt associated with the relief that comes when a loved one dies after a long illness. It had been hard to see her mother suffer so much without being able to help her.

But she said now she could finally speak about her feelings of gratitude, because she knew her mother was at peace. It seems her mother came to her in a wonderful dream not long after her death. She looked beautiful and happy and told her daughter she wanted her to be happy because she herself was happy now—free of pain and enjoying her peace. It was so evident that this lovely dream had put her daughter’s heart to rest and now she could go about her daily life in a happy and healthy way.

The depth of God’s love for us, to allow this young woman’s mother to appear to her in a dream with a personal message, is just too hard to comprehend. He loves us with a divine love that is constant, never changing, complete until we are safely home with him. This shows us once again that he is always with us. How extraordinary!

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He wanted to make his son’s wedding perfect, just as his father had made his.
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Brett LeveridgeJul 30, 2013

Shortly after dying, a young girl comforts her grieving friends.

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Many times in hospice care, we find that patients who are dying have mates who are dying too. The one in the protective role, whether it’s the husband or the wife, often says they will stay until their loved one dies; then and only then will they let go as well.

Wanda was such a woman. She was a precious 74-year-old whose husband was wheelchair-bound due to a stroke. She had active cancer throughout her body and was given only a few weeks to live, but she lived for more than two and a half years. Wanda was concerned about her husband’s caregiver and so said she would not let go until she found a more suitable one for him. It took two years. She was hilarious and determined and stayed until she made it happen.

A few weeks before her death, I was sitting on her bed and talking about what lay ahead for her. She was content in her heart that her husband was well cared for and now she could focus on herself. She asked me that day, “Have you ever heard about angels who look like queens and princesses?” I told her I had not, so she told me about the ones who were visiting her bedroom each day at about the same hour.

“They come and stand right next to the dresser, wearing beautiful colors with jewels on them and crowns in their hair. There are two of them, and they smile at me but say nothing.” I commented that most people who told me about such things only saw one angel and they were dressed in a white we had no words for. She told me that there were always two, standing together and smiling. They looked happy to be with her and she loved their visits.

Since God knew Wanda was a person who loved life and lived it fully with flair and joy, he allowed her to see her angels in Technicolor. That is how intimately our Creator knows and loves us. It would not be like Wanda to see an angel all in white.

Her surgeon often asked me about her and insisted that there was no way she could possibly still be alive. “I am the one who did her surgery and I know she had just weeks to live,” he said. I explained all she had to do before she could die and about her angels. “That sounds just like Wanda,” he said with a smile—for her it couldn’t be any other way.

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