Well I succumbed to the temptation to explore this theme of death and all its glory.
After I Die could obviously lead to the very same hopes and wishes that followed last week’s When I Die… but at the risk of offending a lot of people or freaking out an equal number, I want to think for a few minutes about what many people would categorise as the single biggest question in life (ironic, given that it concerns death).
What happens After I Die?
Do you receive an instant sentence and judgement that then ushers you to either Heaven or Hell? Do you come back as a caterpillar, only to go through it all again pretty soon and emerge as a butterfly?
Does nothing happen at all?
I am not here to speculate or postulate but what I will say is this:
The people who endlessly study, debate, argue, or seek to persuade others about what happens after we die are usually the people who care the least about the condition of their life today, or certainly the condition of the world they live in today.
Perhaps if more people paid attention to the true quality of their relationships today, or decided to focus on the moment in which they are living instead of wondering about the way things will look in the after life, there would be more harmony in the world.
The truth I would humbly suggest, on this most delicate of subjects, is that no one really knows what physically, emotionally, literally happens After I Die.
I have read and heard accounts of people who have died and come back to life and they are many and varied in their descriptions. Some have gone to what felt like heaven while others went to hell (and back, thankfully for them!)
Still others will suggest that heaven or hell – rather than being destinations in and of themselves are merely extensions of what we are building for ourselves here and now.
Now that’s a thought…
How about helping me to push back some of the hell being faced by Children at Risk