Death of a Loved One

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In light of recent events, I thought I would write an entry on the passing of a loved one and how that may or may not relate to the paranormal.  Last week, an old friend of mine passed away suddenly.  No one saw it coming.  Whenever it is a completely unexpected death, it leaves those still living wondering “what if?”  Even with death that has some warning, the living are always left to wonder, “what became of this person after they passed?”

I know for some this can be a touchy subject — and everyone has different viewpoints on it, as they should.  From a religious standpoint, those who believe in God would like to assume that their loved one went straight to heaven to live in eternal peace.  Others believe that there is absolutely nothing that comes after you die — just blackness.  I assume these people are most afraid of death because of this.  Although I honestly have not the slightest clue as to what actually happens after one’s spirit leaves their body, I do, however, believe in spirits; obviously.

It makes me wonder, though.  Does one get to choose whether or not they remain on Earth after death?  Or is it more of an accident?  With so many different types of “haunts” in existence, it is quite puzzling as to why each spirit has remained.  Some believe their loved ones continue to inhabit the earth to protect those they left behind, perhaps that is a choice.  Others seem to return to try to attend to unfinished business.  Even further, sometimes a person died so suddenly that they may not even know they are dead!

Although this entry hardly answers any questions, it is food for thought.  Is my friend still hanging around to make sure his friends and family are okay?  I must admit, I have had the feeling of being watched lately.  However, this could always just be my mind thinking about him and assuming he is still around.  Losing someone is never easy, but having a theory on where this person ended up may ease the pain.

Every human will (most likely) have to deal with death at one point or another, and will inevitably be faced with one’s own end eventually.  Then we will truly know what lies on the other side.

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