“In one of the stars I shall be living In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the night sky.” ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery, “The Little Prince”
Where do you think people go when they leave their corporeal bodies ?
I lost my mother last month. It was not a tragic death as she was 95 and ready to move on. Sad, but bittersweet, as people tend to say.
I also lost one of my dearest friends last week. She was only 63 and Cancer was the thief that took her away.
Grief is a curious ride. The mind becomes quite foggy. It is difficult to formulate words sometimes. One never can tell when something will break through and trigger the tears that are just below the surface. Laughter and joy show up as well and it is interesting to be in those moments in the midst of the mourning. It is all such a marvelous mystery. There are lessons in this experience that I have yet to learn.
I was on Block Island last week in the days following my friend’s death. I was looking down at the many colorful stones on the beach, seeking a heart shaped one to add to my collection. I asked her, aloud, to please help me. Within a moment or 2 I found a pretty little piece of quartz in the shape of a heart. In the very next moment this beautiful butterfly flew up to me and flitted about my head and my body for 3-4 minutes, leaving and returning over and over again.
I would like to believe it was message from my friend. Some people are skeptics about these things. No matter. I was filled with joy at this brief event. I will always and forever believe she was there for me in that moment.
What do you believe happens after death ? Where has your loved one gone ? Do not depend, necessarily, on what doctrine has taught you. Listen to your heart and know that what you believe will be the best way to think about this, for you for now. If you have no answer, spend some time on it.