like to share three simple experiences I have had that pertain
to my mother after she passed in 1983 at the age of 63. She
was a heavy smoker and died of emphysema. I am sure it was
hard on my father who took care of her. She did not need a
great deal of care, but my dad had to watch her diminishment
on a daily basis. She died one morning from a massive heart
experience: This experience happened while I was asleep, so
it was perhaps a dream, but the outcome was healing for me.
Being Catholic, I prayed for my mother's soul. Three days
after her death I had a dream in which I accompanied her for
part of her journey. She was looking from the top of a high
hill. I was above her looking down and she did not see me.
In the distance, past a few miles of woods, was a very high
mountain range. As she was looking, a voice spoke to her and
you have died, and soon a large group of people will come
to take you over the mountain." Soon that is what happened
- a large crowd of happy people came and escorted her over
the mountain out of my sight. It was a healing dream for me
and it helped me to move through my mourning more smoothly
than would otherwise have been possible.
About a year after she died, I was listening to music with
my ear phones on. Suddenly, a voice spoke out to me, very
loud and clear: "Mark, your mother is here watching you."
I can't say I was happy about that, so I told my mother that
she was not supposed to be here and to please move on.
This experience happened about seven years after my mother
died. I was going to make a phone call. I picked up the phone
and, just as I was beginning to dial, I heard very distinctly
my mother's voice. All that was said, though quite loudly,
was my name: "MARK!" I stood there for a short time,
stunned, but then just finished my call and hung up.