We have a culture of silence around dying and death. It's a great taboo that fills most of us with anxiety about life's end without any way to reduce that anxiety. We all know we are going to die, yet we don't talk about it.
From his unique perspective on the "other side," my son has become our "inside man" in the afterlife. In the following channeling session with psychic medium Jamie Butler, Erik shares what death is like.
As a scientist and physician, I thought I had it all figured out. You live; you die; you're done. My entire paradigm, however, underwent a cataclysmic transformation soon after the death of my son, Erik.
"Kayak." It was more than just a word. It was a message from my father to me: "Know what you're getting into." Know what you're getting into, when you get into a boat on the water, or into a marriage, or into a house or a job...
While Hereafter hinges on the comforting notion that there is, indeed, a hereafter, the way the film's three main characters grapple with the concept of death is something rarely seen in American films
Is heaven a "real place" or is it a metaphor? If real, what does it look like? A city? A garden? A banquet? Do we keep our bodies in heaven? Or are we disembodied spirits who achieve some mysterious union with a universal spirit?
In imagining this world, who would have guessed mountains and eyes and tuna fish and tables and fossils and crockpots and libraries and clouds? The task of envisioning a radically different world is doomed before it begins. Heaven is, quite literally, unimaginable.