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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Entertainer Arthur Godfrey

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

Little Yellow Angel

A feathered friend becomes a source of comfort.

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An artist's rendering of a glowing heavenly light hovering over a patient's bed

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

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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Darryl "The Miracle Man" Perry

'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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Winged angels line the path to heaven

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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A lovely nurse, who worked in a hospital setting where she seldom saw anyone die, shared this story of one elderly man who was close to death. Suffering with chest pain, he was brought in by his wife straight from a church service. All the routine tests were done; he was placed on a heart monitor, an IV was started, and he was about to be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.

In the meantime his daughter arrived and the nurse encouraged his wife and daughter to spend a few minutes talking to him before he was moved. He told them he had been visiting a very beautiful green place and that he would be returning there soon. He let them know that he was ready and that he wanted to go back there. The daughter begged him not to leave, but he knew better; he knew his time was very short. He did not make it to the ICU that night, but died peacefully in their company.

Isn’t God good to let us catch a glimpse of heaven in these very intimate ways? Surely this man was already seeing heaven and, with great kindness, let his family know about it, let them know that he wanted to return there. People always know when they are about to die; no one has to tell them. God speaks to their spirits in so many ways and it is good for those of us around them to listen carefully when they speak.

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Isn’t God good to let us see him up close in these very intimate ways?

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Trudy HarrisJan 7, 2013

He Was Already Seeing Heaven

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Every time she came across a stray paper clip, she knew that her departed father was looking over her.

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Robin became my hospice patient many years ago. He was only 34 years old and had a beautiful twin sister who loved him very much. Although he was much too young to die, Robin accepted his fate with great dignity and grace because of his deeply committed Catholic faith. His dad had died a short time earlier and his mother was grieving on many levels but the care, love and support she gave him was second-to-none.

The house was a flurry of family and friends at all times, good food shared, prayers said and votive candles lit for any and every intention that was needed around the clock. Robin lived every day to the fullest until there were no more tomorrows left to him, and he did it with great vigor.

We spoke often about life, God’s plans for us, the meaning of suffering and the good that can come from accepting it all. Robin’s sister had married and was raising two wonderful children, while Robin had never met the one true love of his life and he felt he had missed out on something wonderful.

One day we were speaking quietly together. Robin was nearing his dying time and wanted to cover lots of topics before he went on to heaven. This day he was speaking about love: God’s love, a mother’s love, the love of friends and family, his love for the volunteer who helped him. He was so pensive that day and looking for all his questions to be answered as fully as possible.

I was sitting on the footstool next to his bed when he slipped his arm around my shoulder and said to me, “Love must be like this, Trudy, and it must be good.” It was such a holy moment and one I have treasured for many, many years. Where love is, that’s where God abides was never more true than on that day. Robin went on to heaven very soon after and met love face-to-face in God.

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We spoke often about life, God’s plans for us, the meaning of suffering and the good that can come from accepting it all. Robin’s sister had married and was raising two wonderful children, while Robin had never met the one true love of his life and he felt he had missed out on something wonderful. One day we were speaking quietly together. Robin was nearing his dying time and wanted to cover lots of topics before he went on to heaven. This day he was speaking about love...

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Trudy HarrisOct 1, 2012

God's Love and God's Plan

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A brief rainstorm assures a wife that her departed husband is there for her.

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Brett LeveridgeSep 11, 2012

Pop Pop may have been gone, but his presence was still felt—in the form of his favorite soft drink.

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A Florida widow is given an aquatic assurance from above that her departed husband is still with her.

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Brett LeveridgeAug 23, 2012

A dear and precious friend of mine was very, very sick about seven years ago and it appeared as if she might soon die. She had suffered on and off for years with stomach ulcers and this time it was more than serious. Surgery removed a large part of the ulcerated portion of her stomach and her recovery was difficult. The nausea she had suffered for so long reared its ugly and unrelenting head, and she received no relief from any medication.

Needless to say she was unable to eat or drink much at all and she lost a great deal of weight, which she could ill afford to lose, getting thinner and thinner by the day. Her spirits were tested on a daily basis, as she wondered: Can I get well? Is it worth it to get well? She begged me to ask her friends to all pray for her but not to visit. She had no energy left and even speaking was a struggle.

One night I was sitting in the chair next to her bed with my head resting beside her. When she made a move, I sat up. She weakly leaned forward, looking me straight in the eye, and taking a tight grip on my shirt collar she said, “Trudy am I supposed to go on now or am I supposed to stay? What am I supposed to do?” She looked as close to death as anyone I have ever been with who did not die.

Pale, frail, weak with no energy left, she said she felt like she was right on the edge of having to let go and she simply wanted to know if I thought this was her time. Nose to nose, we sat just looking at each other while I thought about her importance to me, her many other friends and her family.

“No, I don’t think this is your time,” I answered with tears rolling down both of our faces. “We still have lessons to learn, things to do and places to go.” We laughed and cried together for a moment, and then she lay back down and fell asleep.

Slowly but surely she recovered, over a period of months, and I thank God every day that she stayed—she still had so much life and love in her and has made a difference to the world around her every day since. Friendship is something God arranges for his own reasons; it is a sacred gift.

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My friend looked close to death. She asked, "Am I supposed to go now?"

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One night I was sitting in the chair next to her bed with my head resting beside her. When she made a move, I sat up. She weakly leaned forward, looking me straight in the eye, and taking a tight grip on my shirt collar she said, “Trudy am I supposed to go on now or am I supposed to stay? What am I supposed to do?” She looked as close to death as anyone I have ever been with.

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A daughter encounters a picture of her late father in a very unlikely setting--and gets some prognostication help too!

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Brett LeveridgeAug 16, 2012

The perfect imprint of a wing appeared suddenly and lasted for a long time.

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