and I were very close; I talked to her over the telephone
just about every day. She lived in Missouri and I live in
California. From the time we found out she had terminal cancer
until she died was only a few weeks.
I helped take care of her for a couple of weeks, but when
I had to return to work, my sister took off to stay with her.
The day I got the call from my sister telling me she was gone,
I was devastated. I suddenly felt an absolute need to know
if there was life after death. I thought of ways my mom could
send me signs, such as feathers, Taurus signs, or Indian artifacts
since she loved southwestern things and Native American culture.
The second night after her passing I remember being prodded
to wake up. Someone was telling me to hurry - You gotta open
your eyes! At first I just saw a blurry glowing green light,
lighter in the center, that appeared like a cloud. Then I
saw Mom's face in the center and, as I looked, the cloud with
her in it moved further away and disappeared. I yelled and
jumped up, waking my husband who must have thought I had had
a bad dream.
Then, months later, she came to me in a dream. I was outside
on a porch and she pulled up in a convertible car. She was
younger looking and energetic and healthy! I didn't recognize
the house where we were. We were in one of the side rooms
and I was asking her questions but without having to talk.
I asked her what she was doing "over there." She
told me she did work in a hospital and she was being recognized
for special work, and there were a lot of awards in the lobby
all dedicated to her.
me she was going to pick up my dad (who is still living) and
take him to see it. She said my dad and she visit but he doesn't
remember that in his waking state. I asked her what she did
there and she smiled and asked, "What do you think?"
as though I should know. I knew she always healed birds that
fell out of nests, and dogs, cats, mice, squirrels to name
a few. I said, "You are a veterinarian!"
to ask her what it was like when she died, whether she was
aware of what was happening. But without my having to ask,
she said, "Yes, I was aware of and saw everything."
She said, "Cheryl, it was literally like going up and
through a door." She said there were two doors, one for
people like her, and another for those who were confused or
her where this place is where she is now and she said, "It
is all around you." I sensed she had to get going; then
we were out front on the porch and she was leaving in her
car. An older woman approached me after watching Mom drive
off, and she asked me if there was life after death. She wanted
to know because she had just lost someone close to her. I
said, "That was my Mom and yes, there absolutely is life
January 9, 2009