There Is No Death

Communicating With Those Who Have Passed On

“Dead people are some of my favorite people to work with” – Linda Baker

 I have to be careful whom I say that to. Sometimes people even get angry and tell me “They’re dead” but from my experiences I know that spirit does not die, but like a snail, only leaves it’s physical shell to explore new territories . I have had many experiences of talking with my own dead as well as assisting clients to connect with their loved ones. I’ve learned much about this subject from being present with people during these communications and would like to share some of what I have found with you.

I have worked with people who have had loved ones killed in accidents, die of natural causes or have chosen to take their own life. In no case have I ever experienced a spirit who was being punished or in hell. What I have experienced is that those who have been unkind and hurtful seem to wait near to the physical plane, hoping for a chance to make things right. I say this because when people who were abused by their parents are willing and able to connect with the abusive parent on the etheric plane, the parent expresses regret and often is loving and supportive – something they could not be while in the physical body.  I’ve also experienced how when a loving parent dies, that parent may stay around the child as a spiritual protector and guide. I find the world of spirit to be a fascinating realm where us earthly beings can go to find knowledge, peace and love.

There have been so many times when clients have felt the love of those who have passed to such an extent that it has brought them to tears and has affected great change in their lives. For example, when someone has been holding guilt over not having been present for, or done enough for, a deceased loved one and then connects with that spirit to find that there is nothing to forgive and the spirit of that deceased person is loving, and holds no ill feelings toward him or her, that person can let go and open their heart to love.

When a spirit is hovering and making ready to enter the physical realm it is still in communication with the world of spirit. I recall a session where the brother of a young woman committed suicide while she was pregnant. She had loved her brother and it was such a great sorrow to her that he never knew her child, yet through our work she experienced how they did know each other from the spirit world and it was actually a conscious choice for her baby to come in at that time and provide her with comfort and love.

At other times clients have contacted spirits who had committed suicide to understand why they had taken their life. Great peace has been found knowing that the spirit of their loved one was not damned to hell, but experiencing a new life in spirit.  One of my own experiences, communication with the spirit of an ex-foster son who had committed suicide was very powerful as he appeared to me with two very large and bright beings of light standing behind him. He came only for a moment to tell me that he was all right and very excited to move on, and as he said, “I have things to do!”

One might ask,  “Are these real connections or simply imagined attempts to gain comfort?” I can only speak to this from my personal experience and from client sessions I have witnessed. These connections are emotional (often deeply so), offer healing and sometimes information that the client had been previously unaware of. This brings to mind a session where a mother whose son had just committed suicide was referred to me because she was in such a state of great suffering. During the session she connected with the spirit of her son who explained why he had made the choice he had and he said that he would be a guide for her and that she needed to bring more spirituality into her life. Of course she still grieved for his leaving and not being with her on the physical plane, but the deep peace that she left with proved to me, once again, beyond a shadow of a doubt that spirit lives and is there to guide, love and communicate with us if we are willing.

I hold a vision that one day, just as we have a funeral or other event to honor the dead, that each spirit who leaves will have someone on this side of the veil that will communicate with him or her.

I’d like to share my favorite poem fort expressing continuing life after physical death:

"A Parable of Immortality" by Henry van Dyke.

I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes! ' ,
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
'Here she comes!'


Heron at Dusk

original art by Vicki Fairbanks