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Elisa Medhus, M.D.

Blog Entries by Elisa Medhus, M.D.

Life After Death: Why the Growing Interest?

(25) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 6:29 PM

When I lost my 20 year-old son to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, I plunged into a vacuum devoid of any belief system that would answer what would be the most important question of my life. Where is my son? As a physician with a strong science background...

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The Insider's Guide to Death

(85) Comments | Posted February 26, 2011 | 12:39 PM

I lost my 20-year-old son, Erik, to suicide recently and started to journal my grief in hopes of helping other bereaved. Soon afterwards, friends, family and eventually strangers all over the world contacted me to say that Erik had visited them. Sometimes he'd materialize physically just to say 'hello" or...

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Channeling Erik: The Insider's Guide to Death and the Afterlife

(20) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 8:29 AM

Ever wonder what death and the afterlife are like? Unless you're a rock, an infant, a cucumber or someone who's lived their entire life in a coma, chances are you have. As a scientist and physician, I thought I had it all figured out. You live; you die; you're done....

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A Skeptic's Journey Through Grief

(37) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 1:20 PM

As a physician with a strong science background, I used to regard all things spiritual with a jaded eye--until the recent suicide of my young son, Erik. Since then, my life has been cleaved into two parts: The Before and The After, The Bliss and The Dark Despair.


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Channeling Erik: Conversations With My Son in the Afterlife

(290) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 8:16 AM

One decision. One ill-fated decision. That's all it took to cleave our lives in half: the wonderful before, and the intolerable after. In the days and months that followed my son Erik's suicide, our entire family was catapulted into a new world of grief, bewilderment, anger and guilt. As a...

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