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Arriving in heaven, I would like to hear "Welcome home".

Anonymous



Since no one really knows what happens to you when you die-you can't be wrong. It appears to be of considerable help for people to consider what might be next after death. It may be that the future is endless and it may be well worth our while to consider what it might be.

Sukie Miller
California


I am a homemaker and I care for the elderly. I also have two parents age 76 that I care for. My dad has congestive heart failure and I am tending him. We often talk about dying and he made me promise to take care of myself and not do too much for others after he dies. I told him I would promise if he would promise me to ask Jesus into his life so he can meet me and take me by the hand when I die to the place that I am supposed to go. He said everyone has their ideas and he has his.(crusty ole guy that he is). My dad knows I have been through a lot with one child dying and another who died and went to the other side (this son came back to life to tell me the stories), and a stepdaughter who died a few years ago. After I regained sanity from my traumas, I studied many religions, philosophies, and practices I decided Jesus was for me. However, I am always open to hear everything there is to hear. So when I get to die, I want to see the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God and I want my momma and papa to pick me up and take me to the rest of my family so we can all get to know each other again in a better place than earth.

Lennda
California


My mother passed away on mothersday this year. Her death was beautiful. I was with her and helt her hand while she was passing. We played soft music with the sounds of birds chirping and waterfalls. All my brothers and sisters were there. I actually helped her to relax by talking about her favorite things in nature that she loved. That was beautiful but it even got better when she came to me in a dream and told me how proud she was of me and how much she loved me and then said thankyou for helping her pass. She told me she was at a new playground where there is no more pain. I miss her a lot but I know I will see her again.I hope when I die, I will do it as nicely as she did so everyone who is there can feel good about death and the process.

Jacqueline
Michigan


I strongly believe in an afterlife and am not afraid of dying. I've had too many things happen that cannot be called coincidence, to confirm my belief that loved ones are on the other side and still with us. It gives me great comfort to know that when I die, my loved ones will be there waiting for me.

Linda
Canada


Yes, I do believe in heaven. I have alot of loved ones there and I'm sure it will be a great reunion! I believe that Heaven will be a wonderful reward for our life on earth. I don't believe that we can work our way to Heaven, but that Christ died for our sins and if we accept him then we are forgiven. I know there will be no suffering, or heart break in Heaven and it must be glorious! And I just want to hear the Lord say, Hello, my good and faithful servant.

But, I do hope that God allows me a longer life and one filled with wonderful times with my family. I cherish them!!

We've just buried my mother and grandmother and there is nothing like my family! Our adult children (3) all were on the west coast with me and gave me such wonderful support and love. And I think they gave wonderful peace to my mother, their grandmother, who they loved and adored. And she did them. It's been very hard but we're all facing it together. And I know that the Lord will help us thru this most difficult time.

Kathy
VA


I am 52 and traveled 3000 miles last June to be with my mother in her death. I went believing she had 6 more months. She died within 24 hours and the people from Hospice sat with me and said, 'she was waiting for you"

Sue
OH


I believe there is a heaven and a hell. If you are asking if there is another life we go to somewhere else and live a life all over again, I don't think it exists.

I do believe heaven exists and that i will go there when I die. Upon my arrival in heaven I want to hear the words "Welcome Home".

To share my story; I have lost my sister 11/11/99, my mother-in-law 4/1/00 and now have a brother with cancer. His is not terminal that we know of but just the fear of losing him is scary. My mother and one other brother however don't have the faith I have and I have difficulty talking to them at times.

Just wanting to share. Would like to share stories and discussion with others.

Carole
Florida


Mymother never went to any religious group in 83 years. Two moths before swhe died she began to study Judiasm. My father raised us presbterian, so I am truly confused about what this meant to her.

Sue
OH


I do believe in life after death. When dad died he looked up into the corner of the room and said "that's beautiful"

It is in that ransition that he was ready to leave.

He had cancer all through his body.

Barb
Florida


I'd like to hear that I've been judged as having led a good life and that I learned a lot this time around.

JWS


I've thought a lot of things about death. Once of them concerns my consiousness, where does it go? Does that state cease as my physical being stops functioning?

Another thing I've thought is that my "state of being" will be similar to what it was before I was born. I didn't know about it, period.

Yet I've had enough deja vu experiences where I feel that my consiousness has moved through time somehow. Or that I'm living the same life over and over again, understanding a little more each time.

My last thought to share is that I've had a couple of "mystical" experiences, to give them a name. It's where you feel "one with everything", body and mind join with the particles of the universe and you are integrated fully with the natural order of life and your spirit is alive. This may sound strange but I believe is was as valid an experience in life as anything else, and even a blessed event.

Anonymous
North Carolina


Both my mother and husband had what I realized was a near death experience shortly before dying. My mother spoke of peace and a golden light but it was the peace that was in her voice that eventually gave me comfort. My Husband, who just died this July called me early in the morning from the hospital to tell me he had good news, "This call is to give you good new. I feel excellent," he said. "They worked on me all night and it is going to be alrignt." He was happy and he wanted to share his happiness. I hold on to these expression and believe they are in a good place, yet, my husband seemed to be feighting to live up to his last breath. A conflict between what the soul/ spirit wanted and what the personality wanted? Even thought I knew of near death experiences, why didn't I recognize it as such when my husband shared his experience?

Diane
NJ


I COULD NOT GO ON IN MY DAY TO DAY LIFE AND NOT BELIEVE IN AN AFTER LIFE.I LOST MY MOTHER TO LUNG CANCER AND MY BROTHER TO AIDS FOUR MONTHS APART.I WAS ONE OF THEIR PRIMARY CARE GIVERS I WATCHED THEIR TRANSITION INTO DEATH AND TOWARD THE END YOU COULD FEEL GOD THERE.HEAVEN WILL BE TO ME WHATEVER MADE ME THE HAPPIEST ON EARTH.

Melody


Upon my arrival, I would like to hear directions to where the Romanovs are. I am not being cute or snide. I am very serious. On my first trip to Europe about 25 years ago, traveling through Spain and seeing all the monuments I had an intense sense of the past as present and present as future. This sense of history was intensified after my breast cancer diagnosis. I saw an exhibit on the Romanovs in Wilmington, Delaware -- their life and their tragic and violent death. At the end of the exhibit I felt them all around me. I had the same sense of a living past and the presence of those gone before me when I made my first trip to London just a month ago. My cancer was caught in its earliest, most treatable stage. However, as I wandered through London, familiarizing myself with the lives and deaths of the English kings, it occurred to me that had I not acted quickly, I could be dead now.

Oh yes. I want to hear Queen Elizabeth I and/or Eleanor of Aquitane directing me to the Romanovs. Then I want them to direct me to my father at which point I will embrace him and then ask him why he signed on with such a stupid executor to settle his estate.

Elizabeth
New York


We need more info in the media regarding this issue. Death is an event of our life, just as important as the day we entered this life. We have a long way to come to make our society aware and comfortable to talk about this subject. Thank you for having this special.

I do believe in an afterlife. I do expect to meet my loved ones who have left before me. It is not that I have always had this strong belief. It is because I can no longer deny that they have contacted me in different ways and given me signs.

Karen
MI


I believe heaven does exist. When I enter heaven I hope to see family and friends that have gone before me. I hope they are there to greet me and show me around. They will take me to the Lord and I will forever be at peace.

Jennifer
OH


I feel there is life after death. My mom passed away

5 years ago. I pray and talk to her all the time. I ask her if she can hear me and to send me a sign. I have received many signs from her. When she first passed away, many strange things happened.

Cheryl
RI


I find the program very interesting and look forward to parts 2,3 & 4. I do believe that heaven exists and I only hope that I will find peace there!! Also, whenever I think that my suffering is too much I think of Jesus on the cross and my problems are nothing compared to that. If I had to list 4 lines that I wanted to leave to my family when I die I would say "don't be sad but be happy for me, for now I don't have to suffer any more".

Mary
Maryland


It seems as if everyone facing death finds comfort in religion. Are there those that accept it without this "gallows conversion"? If there are, how do their survivors deal with this?

 

What a precious, fragile and dynamic production!

Congratulations, Mr. Moyers, for a tender and thought-provoking insight to an event we all must experience.

And thank you for continuing your contributions to an intellectual examinination of our lives and culture.

David
CA


rm.lvti@worldnet.att.net

If anyone is interested, I have a very encouraging Bible based brochure entitled "When Someone You Love Dies". It not only discusses the mourning process but also shares a very hopeful view of the future based on your own copy of the Bible. The brochure directs attention into the Bible as to what happens when we die. There seems to be so much mystery today as to what happens when we die, and this really helps clarify the matter with scriptures you perhaps have never seen before. There are scriptures cited for you to look up so that you can see that the information is trustworthy as it is coming from the Bible itself. There is no charge for the brochure and I would be happy to send it to any one who is interested, as I feel it can truly be of comfort to anyone who has lost a loved one in death or faces death themselves. Please email me at the above address if you would be interested in reading this.


 

As a Christian,I believe that there is an afterlife.I think the first thing I would like to hear is "Welcome!".

Janice
WA


I believe in an afterlife.

Bernie

CA


I try to believe in God but I can't because there is no proof. Sometimes I think that all this is for nothing and we are just living and then dying in vain. I don't think there is an afterlife. I think it is something people created to make themselves feel better and come to terms with death. I think when you're dead, you're dead. That's it. There is nothing more. That's what scares me more than anything.

Katja
WA


After watching the program I know that my husband had tremendous courage. He was alert nearly to the very end. After a pastor's prayer I felt as though his soul left then, as there was a peace, no more fight, about an hour before the heart stopped.

Wilma
CA


I am reading a lot about reincarnation and feel more and more strongly that reincarnation for our souls is a reality. How do others feel about this?

Claudia
Indiana


If heaven exists, the first thing I want to hear is my mothers voice. Its been 12 years since her death and a day doesnt go by that I dont think about her

Larry
New York


I DON'T THINK THERE CAN BE A HEAVAN OR A HELL.

The only way we know the difference between good stuff and bad stuff is because we experience them both and are reminded of them on a regular basis. However, both Heavan and Hell obviously claim to be only filled with one extreme, and eternity is quite some time, more than we can conciously fathom... So my argument is this, when we are in either, after a while, won't we cease to know where we are? Which one we are in? It won't feel good or bad, just normal. Because if we're there long enough, won't we eventually forget what the other felt like?

ALSO, WHAT MAKES US SO SPECIAL?

After all, this is just mythlogy we are talking about. From a biological perspective, all we have is a higher state of awareness that causes us to think differently from other animals. But just because we analyze the world around us instead of following blind instinct through life... does that make us suddenly immortal? How are we so special? More likely our conciousness will just cease to exist like our body after we die, and we won't even know we are dead.

THIS IS WHAT I THINK THOUGH...

It seems to me that humans are this strange species that are awkwardly disconnected from the natural perpetuating forces of the universe. Maybe that's why we are the only ones worried about death. We go about our lives alone, separate, and scared for the most part, because that is what our higher intelligence gave us: independant minds. We always seek comfort in one form or another and to belong in some way because we always feel so alone.

Now, I have read of certain people, who claimed to have had near-death experiences and "crossed over" as they say. And they always seem to say the same thing, that it is this wonderfully comforting and familiar place where you feel completely appeased and contented to stay in this dream-like haze and lose yourself in the oblivion of bliss; and there are no walls of fear separating anyone or anything anymore. I have also read of some ancient Native American lore of the afterlife that was referred to as the One, in which you also floated in a bliss-like state and never thought of hardship, and where all creatures returned to, and (as in the other case) you felt completely connected and not at all alone anymore. So I believe that there is such a place as this on the other plane of existence....the other side of reality in the center of the universe.

Katie
Florida


I was brought up Catholic and taught to believe in a heaven and a hell. Over the years I 've read much material on this subject and believe that heaven is a reality that exists and if there is such a place called hell it only exists in our belief systems. I've concluded that life goes on--it is different but it never ends. I also believe in a loving God who will receive us all when we are ready.

Betty
MA


if heaven exists, i would like to hear upon my arrival that i will be reunited with those that died before me and those that will come after. my father past away three months ago and for the life of me i just can't and refuse to believe that he will never be with me again or that i will never see him again. there has got to be more out there.

Carina
Florida


i'M VERY CONFUSED ABOUT WEATHER OR NOT THERE IS AN AFTERLIFE. i LOST MY FATHER 6 YRS AGO TO CANCER . IT WAS QUIT SUDDEN THE DOCTORS DID NOT KNOW WHAT THE PRIMARY CAUSE WAS AND MY DAD. DIED TWO MONTHS AFTER WE FOUND OUT HIS WHOLE BODY WAS FULL OF CANCER. HE LIVED AND DIED AT HOME WITH MY FAMILY WHICH AT THE TIME CONSISTED OF MY HUSBAND AGE 47 MY OLDES SON AGE 19 YOUNGER SON AGE 14 AND DAUGHTER AGE 12 I WAS 44YRS OLD. MY MOTHER AND FATER WERE DEVORISED WHEN I WAS 13YS OLD AND DAD NEVER REMARRIED. I HAVE ONE BROTHER AND TWO SISTERS. MY DAD WANTED TO COME TO MY HOME TO DIE. IGUESS IT WAS BECAUSE HE ALWAYS FELT THE LOVE OUR FAMILY HAD FOR EACH OTHER . MY YOUNGER SON WAS VERY CLOSE TO HIS GRANDFATHER AND WE TREATED MY DAD WITH RESPECT AND CAREING. WE TOLD HIM THE TRUTH FROM THE START AABOUT HIS CONDITION AND TRIED TO MAKE HIM AS COMFORTAABLE AS POSSIBLE. WE DIDN'T HAVE HOSPIC AT THAT TIME BECAUSE INSURANCE COMPANIES WOULD NOT CONTRIBUTE TO HOSPIC AND HOSPIC WE WERE TOLD WOULD NOT COME IN IF A

AS STATED EARLIER MY DAD DIED AT HOME WITH ME HOLDING HIS HAND MY BROTHER AND SISTER AT HIS SIDE AND MY HUSBAND THERE ALSO. MY DAD TOUGHT US ABOUT LIFE AND HE TOUGHT US ALL ABOUT DEATH AND THE NEED TO BE WITH YOU LOVED ONES.

AS FOR THE AFTER LIFE I STILL DON'T KNOW BUT IF THERE IS A GOD OR HIGHER SPRIT OR KARMA I MUST SAY I SORT OF BELIEVE. YOU SE MY HUSBANDS AUNT WHO I HAD NOT SEEN IN OVER A YEAR, REVEALID TO ME THAT MY DAD WAS GOING TO DIE ON THE 28TH OF JANUARY. THIS HAPPENED WHEN I VISITED HER WHILE ON CHRISTMAS VACATION IN DECEMBER . SHE HAD MET MY DAD AFEW TIMES OVER THE YEARS BUT NOTHING TO SPEAK OF AS FAR AS TO KNOW HIS HEALTH. WHEN SHE REVEALED THIS TO ME I INSTINCVIELY KNEW SHE WAS RIGHT. WHEN WE RETURNED FROM OUR VACATION MY DAD CALLED AND ASKED MY TO GO TO HIS HOME HE WAS IN TERRIBLE PAIN AND WANTED ONLY ME TO BE WITH HIM. HE DIED ON FEB. 28 I GUESS OUR LOVE GAVE HIM ONE MORE MONTH THAN MY AUNTS REVEALATION.

MY HUSBAND WAS SCARED OF HAVING MY DAD IN HIS HOME WITH YOUNG CHILDREN TO BE THERE WHEN HE DIED. BUT AFTER MY DAD DIED MY HUSBAND SAID IF I EVER GET SICK I WANT YOU TO DO THE SAME FOR ME AS YOU DID FOR YOUR FATHER. HIS DEATH WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NOT SCARRY AT ALL.

I'M GLAD HE FELTH THAT WAY ONE YEAR LATER MY HUSBAND WAS DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER IT HAD ALREADY SPREAD TO HIS LIVER AND IN OUR HOME TOWN HE WAS GIVEN LITTLE HOPE TO SURVIE. OUR FAITH IN OUR DOCTORS AND THERE ADVISE TO GO TO MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING HOSPITAL IN NY MADE A DIFFERANCE IN HIS LIFE HE SUFFERED ALOT THROUGH MANY OPERATIONS RADITAION AND CHEMO THERPHY.BUT THEY GAVE HIM HOPE AND AFTER TAKING OUT ALL THE CANCER AND THAN FINDING OUT IT HAD GROWN BACK IN ANOTHER ORGAN THROUGH ALL THIS MY HUSBAND AND FAMILY GOT CLOSED. EACH OBSTICAL WAS LIKE ANOTHER BOND TO MAKE US ONE. KNOWING YOU ARE GOING TO DIE PUT A WHOLE NEW LOOK ON LIFE AND LOVE. MY HUSBAND HAD GOALS TO MEET HE WISHED TO SEE HIS CHILDREN GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL. HE GOT TO REALIZE THEM HIS OLDEST GRADUATED YALE IN 97, HIS YOUNGER SON GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL IN 98 AND GO ON TO COLLEGE AND HIS DAUGHTER THE BABE AND LOVE OF HIS LIFE GRADUATED IN 99 FRO HIGH SCHOOL HE EVEN GOT TO SEE HER DORM ROOM AT BOSTON UNIVERSIDTY.

MY HUSBAND DIED IN APRIL OF 2000, AFEW DAYS BEFORE HE DIED I SPOKE TO THE SAME AUNT THAT HAD TOLD ME OF MY FATHERS DEATH . SHE TOLD ME TO GIVE MY HUSBAND HIS LAST RIGHTS WHILE HE WAS STILL ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS ASKING HIM . I MAY HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE AFTER LIFE BUT AT THAT MOMENT WHEN I ASKED MY HUSBAND DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD AND JESUS AND THE HOLY SPRITE HIS REPLY WAS VERY MUCH YES I ALSO ASKED HIM TO WATCH OVER US AND PROTECT US AND HE SAID HE WOULD. YOU HAVE TO HAVE KNOWN MY HUSBAND HE BELIEVED IN GOD BUT IN HIS OWN WAY. HE WAS NOT INTO RELIGION AND WOULD GO TO CHURCH WITH THE FAMILY MOSTLY TO INSTILL VALUES IN THE CHILDREN. HIS ANSWER TO ME THAT DAY WAS FROM SOME ONE WHO TRULY BELIVED AND I BELIEVE HE HAD PEACE IN HIM AND UNDERSTANDIN THAT I COULD ONLY ACHIEVE WHEN MY TIME COMES.

AS FOR HIS WATCHING OVER US IN JULY OF THIS YEAR MY DAUGHTER WAS IN A VERY BAD CAR ACCIDENT SHE AND A FRIEND WHERE HIT WHILE DRIVING A FORD EXPOLOR THE CAR DID A COMPLET FLIP OVER BOTH GIRLS HAD ON THERE SEATBELTS AND THEY BOTH WALKED AWAY WITH MINOR BRUSES. THE CAR WAS TOTALED . I TRULY FEEL HER FATHER WAS WITH HER THAT DAY AND HE DID IN FACT WATCH OVER HER.

WHEN MY HUSBAND DIED THE NITE BEFOR IT WAS DIFFCULT FOR HIM TO BREATH I STAYED WITH HIM GIVING HIM MEDINCE AND TRYING TO MAKE HIM COMFORTABLE WHEN HE FELL A SLEEP IT WAS A PEACEFUL SLEEP. THE NEX MORING I AROSE EARLY HE WAS STILL ASLEEP SO PEACEFUL I WAS CONCERNED BUT I JUST COULDN'T BRING MYSELF TO WAKE HIM FOR HIS MEDICINE. AFTER A WHILE I NOTICE HIS WAS SWEATING A LOT AND THIS WOULD HAPPE WHEN HE HAD JUST GOTTEN OVER A HIGH FEVER. BUT HE HAD NO FEVER I RUBBED HIM DRY AND STROKED HIS HEAD HE WAS STILL ASLEEP LIKE A BABY I TRIED TO GIVE HIM THE MEDINCE THAT CONTROLLED HIS FEVERS BUT HE COULDN'T TAKE IT I KNEW THAN HE WAS AT DEATHS DOOR. HE HAD A SMALL SMILE ON HIS LIPS LIKE A BABY WHEN WE SAY THEY ARE DREAMING OF ANGLES I GUESS HE WAS REALLY WITH ANGLES I SPOKE TO HIM THROUGH MY TEARS AND TOLD HIM WE ALL LOVED HIM AND WOULD MISS HIM I RUBBED HIS HEAD AND KISSED HIM. HE TOOK ONE LAST SOFT BREATH AND HE WAS GONE. I SAT WITH HIM THE WHOLE DAY HOLDING HIS HAND. MY DAAUGHTER AND HER OLDER BROTHER WHERE HOME

Karin
New York


My aunt was very sick for many years before her death. She was able to be at home until the very end. She fought valiantly for her life. But at the end, in the hospital, where she needed to be because she was so sick, she was surrounded by her husband and all of her children and grandchildren. My uncle could not be in the room with her because he was so grief stricken. Finally, she aksed to be alone with just him. They were together for over an hour. When they were finished talking, she asked all of the others to come back into the room. She died about an hour later. It was if she needed my uncle's help to let go in order for her to be ready to go. I think that was an important lesson for me. We are the living who mourn her, but we also had to help her go. I think it was the ultimate gift and act of love for her. I think of her all the time and I still feel her presence.


 

Three years ago, we lost our dear son Kent, from an unidentifiable virus. Since then, the CDC has sent an update that said they found a virus from the 'La crosse" variety in his brain cells. This virus is spread by mosquitos.

Since we lost our son, I have been on a journey through my soul. I have looked inside and out, addressed all of my beliefs and I know the following to be true.

Death is not an ending, it is a beginning.

I will see our son again, when I have crossed over to the other side, where he is now.

Everything happens for a reason.

Pain is the greatest teacher in life.

God is love and love is God. Those who do not trust in God, will not be rejected by Him. They will still be enfolded within his arms, but they will have to compensate for their actions. They will learn the hard way.

Reincarnation is a belief that makes sense to me. It is in living that we find the hell that makes us pay for our actions, if that is necessary. It is also in living that we experience joy. The joys here on earth are just a speck of what we will find when we cross over into Gods loving arms.

My sweet son is a part of me. and I will carry him with me wherever I go. I do not fear death. Why should we fear what is the gateway to a refreshing new beginning?

Barbara
Ohio


It was within the last year that my belief in afterlife has come into being. I truly believe each and everyone of us is here for eternity. I am into self discovery. I still have alot of questions. I do alot of reading up in this area.

Teri
B.C., Canada


i am a firm beleiver in life after death.my father

past away about 2years ago,and he is i think

is very much alive in the after life!

Debra
NC


At the precise moment of death, what do you think happens to the person?

Natalie
TN


After viewing this program on PBs, I feel relief in hearing, that from the doctor's opinion, the final gurgling breath is not so much of suffocation as I though it was. My mother died 2 years ago from lung cancer, and was actually blessed to have passed on before she got too thin or in pain. Her final day was one of my ignorance, and it was like a dream. I only learned of the final signs of impending death after it had already happened. I thank God that the morphine she was on, may have made her lack of breath not as painful as I imagined. She was comfortable, in my home, and loved at the end. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to have cared for her (though I still feel I could have done more if I weren't in such a daze or denial). This program reassured me that I followed her wishes and she went fairly comfortably on to her eternal life within a day of her decline.

Robin


Is there any proof a spirit stays in the room after death?

Can a person hear you right when they die?

Shirley
Kansas City, Kansas


I wish I had a more definite belief. I have only a hope that Heaven exists, or some form of immortality. If Heaven does exist, the first thing I'd like to hear when I get there is, "Here are all your family and friends. So glad you're here."

Cindy
Texas


Yes I believe in reincarnation. Nothing leaves this earth without changing into another form of energy.

Dottie
New York


I do believe in an afterlife. My dear wonderful father passed away 2 years ago. The last 12 hours of his life have been tormenting me. His body didn't stop moving, he was so agitated. The doctors and nurses said he was not in pain but now I'm wondering if Morphine should have been given to him. I just can't get any peace with this. I tell myself his spirit or soul was at that time in an afterlife kind of place. Maybe he was watching the whold thing. Upon my arrival in heaven I would like to be welcomed by my dad and mom if my mother gets there first.

Barbara
New York


I hope to hear: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Rosalind
PA


David Wolpe's statement on immortality reminds me of the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.Living a life in the spirt of St.Francis would address the very clear and meaningful message of Rabbi Wolpe's wisdom and counsel.

Roberto
NY


I truly believe in the prospect of an afterlife.I see man as basically too selfish to create something as beautiful as aflower, a bird,a gorgeous sunset.Thus I believe in a higher power.However, as a nurse who cares for the terminaly ill, I see no division in how we die. The good die hard, as do the bad,and the good die easy,as do the bad..so the reward of living a life that is built around the belief of a higher power , must come after this world. I believe this world to be a passage in time. Much like time in the womb. When we pass through this time, we are born into another life.

I have sensed the presence of those I love dearly who have passed, and believe in their presence.

If heaven actually exists, the thing that I would love to hear first upon my arrival would be my mothers voice.

Mary
KY


I believe there is an afterlife where we can be reunited with our loved ones and have perfect peace and rest from this world. I wish I could be in closer contact with those spirits who are already passed over - to have a better insight into what we have to look forward to! I also believe in reincarnation - sometimes I have had a very vague feeling that I have "been here before" - kind of scarey!

Kathy
VA


I have ventured into "spirituality" which I consider the extension of religous based studies/doctrin. I was never satisfied with just a "religion" and knew there had to be more. The more I read and study, the more intense the non-physical world seems. I would like to think I shall die and just go into this beautiful, serene afterlife and glorify with the Lord. But I know, at my physical death, this would only be for a brief period before the next level of work begins. The physical world we live in now prepares us for the next level of ascension to attain the oneness with God. Our souls have been ascending since the beginning when God created us.

Upon my arrival there after death, I would like to hear "A life well done".

Sue
PA


an after life is not a question. there is a continuation of our essense. Getting there from our life here is difficult with the medical structure in place now. This program of Moyers is excelent.

Mary
MO


When i arrive in heaven i want to hear my moms voice and feel her touch again. she would say "what took u so long". i difinite believe our bodies on here on this earth for a short while but our souls are forever with us and continue to move on healthy and ageless til our next adventure.After moms death i have felt her with me. At first i got scared but now i accept it. She came to me Easter Sunday, i heard her voice as loud as can be and when i said to myself its impossible i felt this tremendous warmth come over me as if an embrace. I hugged back and said " i miss u mom and i am sorry!! " we have had other signs but i wont go into that. YES I BELIEVE!!

Debbie
Florida


That I will be completely & wholly at peace.

Sharon
IL


I grew up very active in church, but I quit and was away for 23 years. I studied philosophy in college and was very curious about alternative beliefs. I had a spiritual experience 9 years ago which changed my life. I was called to ministry, graduated from seminary, and now pastor a Southern Baptist church, very different from my previous career in corporate finance.

I believe in an eternal heaven and hell as depicted in the Bible. Heaven will be unimaginably wonderful, including fellowship with other Christians and God himself. Hell will be a horror with no possibility of escape. Only a few will be saved. We must make Christ our top priority in life and submit to costly discipleship. This turns out to be the best life of all.

I have to believe we have a place of comfort waiting for us. How could so many people be wrong?

Judy
Arkansas


I would like to hear that my way of spirituality was a right way just as many other church ways were the right [rite] way. I would not want to hear that we are made in the likeness of God, because man is nowhere close to being godlike.

Bob
CA


One year ago this month I awoke in the middle of the night as 7 intruders mutilated with machetes, 5 guests I had staying at my home on the island of Jamaica.I watched as life ran out of a person in a matter of minutes.It was ugly.LIfe can be ugly I beleave that is the hell the Bible speaks of.The black side of our exsistance,evil.I see the unconditional love my 4 year old son gives to me and I know I'm experiancing all thats good, HEAVEN

Richard
NY


I have no doubt about the existence of "the afterlife". It's life here and now that matters and which creates "the afterlife" to follow. When I die I expect to live within my mind and heart".

What I'd like to hear upon arrival in heaven are magnificent welcoming sounds - divine vibrations and to be told "you're strong, you've survived well your journies through the various hells you created while living on Earth. Now, let's get to work on forgiveness and get to know more of what love is all about".

Don
New York


I believe that there is a hint of afterlife when you die. When I was very young and my grandmother past away I was very sad but in a way was very afraid to go visit her in her cascet at the funeral. I still dont know why. Anyway, the reason I believe there is life after death is because the next day after the funeral my grandma appeared to me above the door jam while we were sleeping. She smiled and realized i had gotten very scared looked at me and motioned with her face that she didn't want to scare me, winked and then disapered. I tried waking up my sister and cousin, by the time i did she was gone. I think she came back to try to tell me or show me not to be scared. I really havent figured that out yet or even if I need to. But I feel if you really believe in god you should have no fear in death. I have yet to conquer that fear.

Hydee
Washington


I feel there is no life after death! It must be the same feeling as when you are put under when going through surgery. But then again, I do not belive in God only in nature.

Iris
CA


during the 5 1/2 months we watched my son patrick endure the aggressive treatment for leukemia we never acted as if he might die. after 51/2months when he had severe pneumonia and blood clots in one leg his dr.urged my daughter-in-law and me to talk about what we wanted to do. we knew we did not want him to suffer any more. we pulled the plug. it was right.

Patricia
California


I live over ten thousands miles away from my mother who is now about 85 years old. I try to go to see her at least twice a year. Everytime I say goodbye to her I wonder if next time I see her would she be able to answer me back. During this last visit which was just last week ,we had a long conversation then we said to each other that we do not know who is going first but that we will meet again one day in Paradise . My faith as a muslim helps me know that to God we belong and to Him is our return.

Lamis
CA


I definitely believe that we continue on after we die. I am fascinated by the subject of life after death. My dear sweet mother passed away just last month from lung cancer. I miss her so much, the only thing that's keeping me going is knowing that we will be together again when I die. I'm in no hurry, though, as I have a young daughter whom I love very much and want to be around for her for a long time, but I believe that we will all meet again in another dimension? or whatever it is that we go to when our souls leave our body.

What I would like to hear upon dying is my mother and dad welcoming me to the new world and seeing all my past relatives there; happy, healthy and radiant with love.

Rosely
FL


I would love to belive that there is an afterlife, as the Bible says, but when it come to the end of one's life, it is hard to know what really happens when one dies. I guess that is the hardest part of dieing, the not knowing what comes next and the part about leaving your loved ones behind. I want to believe that there is a paradise, or heaven that one's soul goes to immediately, like when Jesus died on the cross and he tells the thief on the cross "Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise>" Leading me to belive that there is a paradise. Plus the fact that the Bible talks about Heaven and how beautiful it is and how there will be no more pain, sorrow or suffering there. I guess if we knew everything (meaning me) I could teach the world?? Right?

What I would love to hear if and when I reach heaven, is that I had done some good on this earth and my life was not for naught. I would also love to hear that I will get to stay with God in heaven forever.

I love the show and I think it is one that was badly needed for the whole world to see and think about. Thought very sad in places, it has made my life a little easier. Thanks for doing this piece.

Barbra
TX


I believe strongly in the existance of purgatory, heaven and hell. Since we are not perfected enough to enter heaven upon our death, I believe that our soul goes to purgatory until such time as it is perfected.

I would like to hear our Lord say, "Enter, My good and faithful servant. I love you!"

Christine
AL


 

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