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My Personal Stories and Encouraging Proof of an Afterlife

Depiction of soul carried to heaven

Depiction of soul carried to heaven

Death, Peace, and Comfort

Several of our good friends have recently lost near and treasured loved ones to death, and I hope that these stories of proof of an afterlife bring them some peace and comfort in their time of grief.

While it will never be easy to say goodbye to anyone we love because we can no longer see them, smell them, kiss them, hug them, converse with them and share the small and grandest of life experiences with them, our goodbyes are temporary.

That is not to say that we will not be grieving. Grief for our loved ones who have preceded us in death is both natural and necessary. And grief takes time.

My Dad joined the military during World War 2.  He became a paratrooper.

My Dad joined the military during World War 2. He became a paratrooper.

Hospice Care

Hospice did not yet exist in San Antonio, Texas when my Dad was dying. We carried out the implementation of hospice on our own with a few family members and some wonderful friends.

My parents had moved from McAllen to San Antonio, hoping to find better doctors and better care. They succeeded in finding better doctors; however, it was too late to help save my Dad.

When we found out that my Dad was terminal, it was hard to believe. He would seem to rally and be a bit better at times. But in the end, the diagnosis was correct. Long-term hepatitis and pernicious anemia had taken their toll on my Dad's liver and kidneys, which was his ultimate cause of death.

Being a registered nurse and having had experience in the operating room, an ophthalmology clinic, intensive care, and some floor duty, the doctor agreed to release my Dad into our care. That way, he could be at home, surrounded by the people and things he loved.

My husband and I lived in Central Wisconsin for four years (and I had not worked in nursing during that time), but I was still close enough to those past experiences to be entrusted with my Dad's care. Of course, without the help of our small family and friends, it would have been impossible. Sleep became a luxury and an all too infrequent companion when we progressed to the end of my Dad's life.

My Husband's Part

Were it not for my dear husband, who would leave work every Friday and drive to San Antonio from Houston to monitor my Dad, waking us if needed, my mother and I would not have been able to make it. We knew we could sleep soundly with my hubby taking his turn watching my Dad because we also knew that he would awaken us if he needed us. Other friends saw how tired we were, and thinking they were helping, they would let us sleep. Once we realized that we could only sleep with "one ear open," it was not as restful.

As my Dad weakened, it would take two of us to support him so that he could walk to the restroom and back. He complained about some friends and even one of my brothers who attempted it by themselves as hurting him. Of course, this was not what we wanted.

Thus my husband was our knight in shining armor, and we could count on his full support every Friday evening until late on Sunday when he would have to return to Houston to go back to work. As the end became more imminent, he spent more time with us in San Antonio. In the end, my Dad was entirely bedridden and needed total care.

My Dad and my Grandmother

My Dad and my Grandmother

Afterlife Incident Number One

What does all of this have to do with proof of an afterlife?

My paternal grandmother, who typically spent the winters in the south wherever my parents lived by renting a year-round apartment, came down from her residence in Wisconsin when she heard that my Dad was dying. She wanted to help out and spend some of the remaining time with her son.

She did quite a bit of the cooking and pleased my Dad. Grandma cooked and baked things that my Dad had liked, and even though he might only be able to swallow a spoonful or two, he always told her that it was the best that he had ever tasted.

We had placed the rented hospital bed in the living room. That way, my Dad could be part of everyday family life and see more of what was going on instead of being shut away in a bedroom. He seemed to like this arrangement. One particular day he was so happy. He told us that a friend of his was on a motorcycle and had come to visit him.

Hospice nurses will tell you that when a person's death is imminent, often, the patient starts seeing others who have already passed on to the next life. They are halfway between this life and the next. In effect, the ones who have preceded us in death are welcoming them. In reality, death is merely a rebirth into the next plane of life.

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My grandmother thought that my Dad was merely hallucinating because that person was one she knew from the Wisconsin area, and she told us that she knew that he was alive. After returning to Wisconsin after my Dad had died, she found out that the person my Dad was so happy to see had indeed died sometime before my Dad's death.

My Grandpa and me

My Grandpa and me

Afterlife Incident Number Two

My grandpa had the after-effects of suffering a stroke, and he could barely speak and be understood by those around him. However, just before his death, he rose in bed with a smile on his face and clearly said, "Mama."

My hubby and his mother

My hubby and his mother

Afterlife Incident Number Three

My husband's grandma was wholly bedridden and suffering the terminal effects of Alzheimer's. I spent much time with my husband's family, who lived in San Antonio at the time, helping them.

Years later, my mother-in-law had suffered a series of strokes, and because of needing total care, she was in a nursing home. My husband and I spent many hours every day with her to ensure that she was getting the best care.

Like her mother before her, she was hard to understand when trying to communicate. Towards the end, it was apparent that she saw others in the room that we could not visualize. One time after peering in a particular direction, she imparted the following words to me: "My mother told me to tell you that she loves you." That was my husband's grandma, with whom I had spent so much time in San Antonio!

My mother-in-law never again was able to say that many clearly understood words. It was an amazing moment in time for me to have heard that message from beyond the grave.

Helpful Stories

Books like Life After Life and Embraced by the Light are so reassuring. Case histories in studying people who have had near-death experiences and who have been revived and can relate what has happened shows that no one dies alone. Most everyone goes through a tunnel of light, and beloved friends or family members are there to help guide one.

Those who are religious describe it as being drawn closer to God. Others who may not practice religion or have different beliefs describe it as a warm, loving, and welcoming experience. People also see pets in that tunnel of light, which makes me happy as a pet lover.

Occasionally as the person floats between this life and the next, they must make a choice. They can return and stay or move on to the next life. Most have reported that they wanted to proceed through that tunnel. And those that did return out of some feeling of obligation were never again afraid of dying.

From what we have learned, loved ones can give their dying person permission to move on to the next life, assuring them that all will be fine. We did this with my Dad.

One friend who recently lost her mother told me that hearing about these personal experiences helped her deal with her feelings about her dying mother. I hope some other dear friends who recently lost their husbands also draw comfort from this and their religious beliefs. Perhaps readers of this post will also find peace in hearing the stories of my personal experiences and why I believe in the proof of an afterlife.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2015:

Hi Rebecca,

My dad certainly "saw" him when we could not. Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2015:

Hello Kiss andTales,

Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

I totally agree with your last sentence: "There are too many reports of this nature to just write them off as someone's imagination or hallucinations." I guess when our time comes, we will have all our questions answered. Thanks again for the share.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 02, 2015:

Another comforting testimony. I don't think your Dad's friend passing was a coincidence. Vert touching. Thanks, Peggy!

Kiss andTales on August 02, 2015:

I do read many hubs when I can , and I do here of many experiences as you have written in your hub. But there is good reasons for those experiences but does not necessarily mean an after life.

For God's word is faithful and true.

The bible says

Ro 6:23 For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord.

That means sins have to be paid for.

Example if the wages for work is that you perform your Job and that is how you get paid your money.

the same with sins they are forgiven when a life has been paid .

In our case human life. but the ultimate that has covered generation's of people is Jesus a first born son and prince of the true God.

He paid the wages also for human lives to now and into the future even if we die.

the point is if a person has not died then sin is can not be forgiven, nor the value of Jesus death would exist.

To live on as the same human means you did not die nor sins forgiven, which would mean also how could you enter heaven or go before the person of God.

the difference with Jesus was he was God's firstborn who never sinned, he was priceless in value and still is.

we as humans have always been marked from Adam and Eve with sin , so we can not buy our own salvation.

the point is death has to exist in total mind and body as the scriptures is very clear on the subject.

Ec 9:5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten.

When you do not have a memory as written , then life is not present .you can not talk to people because you can not have a memory as the scriptures has clearly said.

Also the bible tells us what really happens at death

Ge 3:19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”

Isa 26:19“Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, You residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning, And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.

the dead came from dust not continued life.

There are many reasons for the experiences as you listed one is the spirit realm of Fallen Angels who deceive many

to think differently from what the bible says.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 01, 2015:

I guess by mentioning several different things in one comment they all got mixed up together. While my mother's doctors may have lumped her experiences with relatives who had passed on in with her hallucination of seeing the roses as cabbages, etc., that has nothing to do with the theory that researchers have regarding NDE's today.

I don't' think the two experiences were related, the roses and the mental interacting with relatives who had passed on. I do think the meds may have caused the hallucination regarding the roses, but lots of people who are about to pass on themselves do report contact with relatives who have passed on and that's a different thing entirely.

Researchers in the last few years believe they have found an explanation for the NDE's (not including the contact with dead relatives experienced by people who are about to die. I know, some people might say they are all about to die, but really those people who have the NDEs, to me at least, are not about to die because it 'isn't their time yet.'

So I view my mother's experience of seeing and conversing with relatives who had passed on differently than NDEs. I do not think they were hallucinations. I do not think those experiences are lumped in with the NDEs modern researchers are theorizing about.

I find all of these reports fascinating and do not claim to know for a certainty what they mean, but I do not believe they are hallucinations.

I have also read about people who claim to have had contact with loved ones only to discover that the person they were seeing and talking with had just recently died, like just minutes or seconds Before the contact. Almost like the person had stopped by to say good-bye before they 'ascended.' I have had a strange experience myself, where at what I learned later was believed to be the time of death, a person I knew seemed to be present, though I couldn't see him. The sense that he was there beside me was very strong. I tried to call him on the phone and got no answer. I figured then that he had died, but it was a little unnerving to learn that the time I placed my call to him was considered to by his time of death.

I have also had strange experiences shortly after my mother died as did other members of my family. Almost as though she was doing her best to say a last good-bye before she moved on to whatever comes after this.

In no way am I trying to downplay these experiences people report as their imagination or some mind disorder. I don't know for a certainty what they mean but I sure do want to know. That is why I never pass up the opportunity to read about or listen to someone's similar experience.

There is so much that humans do not know and understand about our lives on this planet and what our purpose is or what is next. The fact that so many people report NDEs or that so many people report contact with loved ones who have passed on when their own death is imminent suggests to me that there is something to it. It isn't just an overactive mind. There are too many reports of this nature to just write them off as someone's imagination or hallucinations.

Sharing this again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 31, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

From the sounds of it, your mother was definitely having some hallucinations. But not all NDE's can be satisfactorily explained in that manner. Because of my personal the reading I have done...I am a true believer in an afterlife. I also draw comfort from that.

Stay cool up there! We are trying to do the same thing down here. Thanks for the shares.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 31, 2015:

What an interesting subject! I have been fascinated by this subject since I was a small girl. My own mother reported seeing and conversing with people long passed on when she was dying. I find the stories of people who have had near-death experiences equally fascinating. I have read the books you mentioned here along with Heaven Is Real, and many others on this subject.

Scientists believe there is another explanation for what they call hallucinations. I have read their theory, but frankly don't remember it well enough to state here. I would have to review it again.

I don't claim to know the answer and I expect to find that answer when my own time comes. I have some theories of my own regarding life here as well as on the next plane, or however one wishes to characterize it, but it's pretty hard to obtain any kind of proof . . . :)

A few other people have written on this subject and I have read a few of their hubs, not sure if I have read them all as I discover new writers and their work on here all the time.

I appreciate very much that you have shared this experience with us. I spent many hours sitting in the hospital with my mother at the end of her life. My oldest sister spent even more time. As a result I was able to talk with my mother about those people she insisted were visiting her, but who had passed on. My mother's doctors said they were hallucinations brought on by the medications they were giving her, and perhaps some of the things she was experiencing did come from that -- seeing roses that were sent to her as cabbages with worms all over them, for example.

My mother also talked about being with people who I know were very much still alive -- and still are many years later. She would go in and out of consciousness and sometimes be confused between the present where I was sitting with her and where she had just been with other people. Sometimes those people she claimed she was with were in fact alive, yet the experience was so real to her that it was confusing to her as to exactly where she was and with whom.

So many people have reported similar experiences such as my mother had and like you write about here with your father. I don't recall whose hub it was now that I read about a near death experience, and it was similar to others in that they were told they must 'go back, it isn't your time yet.'

That is so often reported by younger people especially, who have near death experiences usually resulting from an accident. I think that is particularly interesting because to my thinking it insinuates that there is a preset time when we leave this life. For that reason, I tend to think (though I'm not set in stone on this either) that we will not leave this world until out time arrives. Therefore we need not be concerned about getting killed or dying because it will only happen when 'our time' arrives. I often say, "When your time is up, it's up, and when it's not, it's not."

I have also read reports written by people experiencing near death who did not see the light and who had some very scary experiences. How do their very different experiences fit into all this? That's a rhetorical question.

To me this is such a fascinating subject. I have so many questions and no answers, only theories and conjectures. Thank you again for writing this article.

Hope all is well with you. We had 102 degrees yesterday and it was hot! Yes, of course it was. Well, it isn't always possible to be in air-conditioning. I would rather venture out when it's -20 degrees as it often was in winter when I lived in Wisconsin (and sometimes well below -20), than to go out in this awful heat, but frequently I must go out in it, which is why I complain about it so much. The complaining doesn't change anything of course, but in times past I didn't have to go out into it so often as I do now, and so I guess it's a bigger part of my life that I can't ignore as I mostly did before.

Haven't seen this article before. Voting it up and BAUI, pinning to Awesome HubPages and sharing with followers.

Take care . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2012:

Hi RLC99,

With the experiences I have had and also reading many books on the subject, I absolutely believe in an afterlife where we will once again be reunited with our loved ones. In fact often they meet us in that tunnel of light that so many people describe transitioning us from this life to the next. No one dies alone even if not surrounded by people we know in this life. Isn't that a nice thought! Hope this helps you. Read some books like "Life After Life" or "Embraced by the Light." Another nice thing from reading is that children and adults...those schooled in religion or no religion...all seem to report similar things when they have near death experiences and come back to this life. Nice! Thanks for your comments.

RLC99 on October 08, 2012:

Hi, Peggy - Thanks for sharing your stories. Just wanted to see how strongly you now feel about the existence of the afterlife. I have been thinking a lot about it lately and reading a lot of deathbed vision stories. Just wanted to see if this experience makes you believe 100% that something else is out there that will let the love for our families live beyond this physical world.

RLC99 on October 08, 2012:

Hi, Peggy - Thanks for sharing your stories. Has this experience made you believe 100% in an afterlife. I have been contemplating things such as this for quite a few days. Thinking about one day having to leave my sons and wife. Is there something else than this life? Will my sons and wife see me again when the pass over? I have been looking a lot at these death bed visions trying to find some comfort and belief that there is something else that will allow the love I have for my family to exist into eternity. I would greatly appreciate how you see things since you have had such an experience. Thank you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2012:

Hello dghbrh,

It is nice to believe in life after death. Was your experience a near death one or are you referring to someone else? Thanks for your comment, vote and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 17, 2012:

Hello dwachira,

Most hospice nurses that I know definitely believe in an afterlife because they often see the connection between the dying person and those who have gone before them. The story is repeated over and over again except that it is personalized to each individual's life story. It is nice to know that only a thin veil or tunnel separates us from our loved ones and that we will see them again when we are reborn into the next life. Thanks for telling us the story about your grandpa in your comment and thanks for the votes and sharing.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on July 16, 2012:

nice hub..voted up and shared.

I believe in life after death and i had a experience also.

Thanks for sharing.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on July 16, 2012:

This part [Hospice nurses will tell you that when a person's death is near, often the patient starts seeing others that have already passed on to the next life. They are half-way between this life and the next] remind of my gradpa when he was dying. He had spent almost 4 years being bedridden with diabetes and we had to take care of him in everything he needed.

When his time came, we took him to a nearby hospital although he used to frequent the hospital for his medication. The last days he spent in the hospital were the most difficult for us. We would visit him and he would remind us of the past history. My gradpa also happened to have gone for the world war 2 but he was a truck driver and he liked to talk about what happen in world war 2 in Burmer (now Myanmer, South East Asia), India and Bangladesh.

On his last days he would talk about a truck full luggage and people waiting for him and why we are refusing to let him go. The nurses at the hospital would comfort us and tell us that this was normal. At the moment we thought he was just saying about what he liked talking about but in three days our gradpa was no more.

I believe there is life after here, i believe those people who died long time ago have a connection with us and only a thin tunnel that separate us. May gradpa rest in peace.

Thanks Peggy W for reminding us that we are here just for a while and soon we shall re-unite with our loved ones. Voted up, beautiful and shared.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2012:

Hi rajan jolly,

It is interesting that you have heard the same experiences from people you know who have had near death experiences. Hearing is about the last sense to disappear in a person who is for those who do not know, talk to them. While they may not respond, they can still hear you! NIce to know that belief in an afterlife comforts you as it does me. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 16, 2012:

Peggy your story will a source of solace and comfort to the many people who have terminally ill relatives and are facing death. They would be able to deal with death much more comfortably in the knowledge that those leaving are in the company of their loved ones.

I totally believe there is afterlife as I have read and heard from people who have come back from being dead relate the exact experiences like you mention.

Incidentally and it is unexplainable how and why the senses of those who are about to die become so powerful so as to experience the presence of those who have preceeded into the afterlife as well as exhibit improvement in the physical body.

Thanks for sharing your experiences and am sharing this for benefit of other readers as well.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2012:

Hi Mary,

I also have visits in my dreams of my loved ones...especially my mother who died in the year 2010. We were so close and I love seeing her in my dreams. If you have not written about your near death experiences, you should! I would love hearing about it and am sure others would as well. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 15, 2012:

Another hour spent reading one of your Hubs that invoked a good discussion. I almost drowned when I was about 13. I was "going through that tunnel" when I was pulled out and saved. I remember being angry at those people who saved me because I was trying to get through the tunnel. I had another experience very similar in my young adulthood. I believe in life after death, too.

My Mother and Dad come to see me in my dreams, and so does my husband who died in 1988.

I have read a lot on reincarnation, and I can't help but believe in that, too.

I will vote this Hub UP, etc.etc. and I'd like to share with my followers so they can read this thought provoking Hub.

Goodnight, Mary

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2012:

Hello healthylife2,

Knowing that there is a life after this one definitely takes the fear out of dying and shedding the mortal shell which encases our spirit and soul which we wear in this one. Glad that you found this hub about the afterlife heartening. Thanks for your comment.

healthylife2 on July 05, 2012:

I find the subject of an afterlife interesting and am encouraged by your proof. Life would be much less stressful if we knew there was something beyond this life. That would completely eliminate the fear of the unknown.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

There are just too many stories like the one you just related in your comment not to believe that there is life beyond what we can readily see and understand in this life. My dad has been gone since 1980 and I just lost my mother in 2010. Nice to believe that they and both of my brothers are now able to see one another again as well as my grandparents and others near and dear. Thanks for your comment.

moonlake from America on June 22, 2012:

Strange things happen when people are dieing. Funny, I was just reading a story today about a mother and her two children being in a car accident, not hearing her 3 year old. Worried that she wasn't ok. She looked in the back seat and the baby was calmly sitting there and said she was ok Pappy had held her hand. Pappy had died before the little girl was born.

Voted up on your hub. Sorry about your Dad.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2012:

Hi Debbie,

I will look forward to your hub about your experience when your mom died. I was sitting by my mother's bedside when she died. I still miss her and look forward to a happy reunion one of these days. Appreciate your comment.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on June 22, 2012:

what a!!!! I can so relate.. this reminds me of when ,my mom died. I am going to write about it.. thank you Peggy


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2012:

Hi Alastar,

That is an interesting way to put it...that we are just wearing space suits for awhile. Another way that I like to think of it is like being a baby in a womb. Yes...they can feel and hear certain things but NOTHING like when their eyes are opened and they exit the womb after birth. We will be able to see and understand much more after we enter the next life. Nice to think about as we progress through this one! Thanks for your comment. Also thanks for the kind words about my husband. He deserves it and more!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on May 31, 2012:

My admiration for your husband has grown some more Peggy. You've written as beautiful, compassionate and intelligent a story as i've ever read on this subject. There aren't enough fingers to count the number of times someones told me of a visit from a loved one or close acquaintance to those right before passing over. Just heard in amazing detail of another one recently from my mother. These are just space-suits we're in for awhile.:)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 06, 2012:

Hi Ruchira,

I'm so glad that you found this hub interesting regarding the afterlife, and to which you could relate on a personal basis with your dad. Will try and find something that you may have written regarding it. Thanks for the votes and sharing of this hub with others.

Ruchira from United States on May 05, 2012:

Oh Peggy. This is my favorite topic ESP when my dad passed away. I have read so much about death and deepak copra is my favorite author concerning it.

Afterlife exists although every individual will define it differently but it is there.

Beautiful topic and loved reading it.

Many many votes and sharing it across.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2011:

Hello lyndapringle,

As you can tell from my personal stories, I firmly believe that there is an afterlife. Glad that you drew comfort from this. Thanks for your comment.

lyndapringle on October 15, 2011:

This was a very comforting hub about the after life. It is good to know that many see their loved ones and see "the light" during near death experiences. This is the sort of hub that strengthens my faith and gives me hope that we end up more than worm food. Thank you for such an informative and thorough hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2011:

Hello Carole Anzolletti,

I have read that book and others and totally agree with you as to their offering comfort regarding an afterlife. I believe that I will see my loved ones again someday. Glad that you liked this hub and thanks for your comment. Hope your dad's death was an easy one.

Carole Anzolletti from Connecticut, USA on September 23, 2011:

I began reading that book "Embraced by the Light" when my father was dying and watching John Edward. All of it is very compelling and wonderfully comforting. I truly enjoyed this hub! Well done!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2011:

Hi JamaGenee,

At least that explanation seems reasonable until proven otherwise. :)

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 26, 2011:

That's one theory. It really is the only explanation for how some children simply "know" things or exhibit talents they haven't learned or been exposed to in the current life.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 26, 2011:

Hi JamaGenee,

Amazing! Wonder as that child ages if he will recall such things as easily? Wonder if he will have a love of traveling again? This opens up so many questions! Perhaps the child prodigys of this world really just have magnificent recall from the afterlife?

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 25, 2011:

At the age of 3, a friend's son began identifying cities the family drove or flew into by their skylines while they were 10-15 miles away, both in Europe and the U.S. At 4, they went to an exhibit of WWII aircraft and on entering the cockpit of one, he began pointing to the different instruments and calling out not only the correct name of each, but it's purpose. They decided he must've been a pilot in a previous life, which explained being able to identify cities from many miles out and his impressive knowledge of aircraft instruments.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2011:

Hi JamaGenee,

When we asked her later how she knew what it was, she just said that she knew and did not offer any more of an explanation. Of course we had more of the tour and the day was filled with many more things to see and do so the momentary memory may have gotten blurred.

Am certain that if you write some hubs on the subject, many people would be interested! :)

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 25, 2011:

Peggy, did your niece have any idea how she knew it was a curtain stretcher? As in, where she'd seen (or used) one before your visit to Biltmore? Children can often recall memories from past lives much more easily than adults, either because the memories are more "fresh" or because society hasn't yet indoctrinated them that such things are "weird".

Yes, when a person has learned all his/her lessons - finally got it "right" - they no longer have to return again in yet another earthly life. Some Eastern religions incorporate this into their teachings, but I've forgotten which ones. It's given, though, that those who claim to one and all that they're perfect will be back again many, many times!

Yes, I'd love to have this discussion over coffee (or iced sweet tea)...or offline via email. ;D

No, I haven't written a hub about it yet, but the subject has been popping up a lot lately, so perhaps the time is right to do so. ;D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2011:

Hi JamaGenee,

Very interesting. An odd thing happened to us when my mother, young niece and I were visiting the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. We were touring and happened to be in the basement and saw this odd contraption and wondered what it was. My niece spoke up stating very matter of fact that it was a stretcher for drying drapes and curtains, and that is precisely what it turned out to be! She was very young (about 8 years or so) and obviously could not have known this in any other way. My mother and I had never seen anything quite like it. Curious!

Is it true that when a person gets it right, (in other words learned all they could and perfected it to some degree) that they no longer have to come back as a reincarnation?

If the latter is true...guess most of us will be coming back over and over again except for the Mother Teresa's of this world. Wonder where this fits in to the teachings of most major world religions?

Interesting subject! Wish we could talk about it at length over cups of coffee, tea or other beverage sitting at our kitchen table or out on the patio. Would be fun.

Have you written any hubs about this? If so, feel free to leave a link.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 24, 2011:

I can't be 100% sure until he's a little older, but think my grandson was most previously the Love of My Life. But that doesn't mean I intend to become an incestuous "cougar"! Quite the contrary! LOML and I have been close in several past lives, but not always as lovers. If I'm right about my grandson, this time around I'll be nothing more than his guide and mentor - precisely what a grandma is supposed to be.

Until 15 years or so ago, "reincarnation" was just a word. Then I came across a book by psychiatrist Brian Weiss about a patient (American) who turned out to be the reincarnation of a young mother (Irish, I think) who died much too young. All of her children were still alive. Weiss's patient eventually met them and knew things about them that no one but their mother could possibly know. Gives me goose bumps just typing this.

Anyway, I started reading everything I could find on reincarnation, and certain "odd" things in my own life suddenly made sense. Space doesn't permit me to tell you all I've learned since, but I can't help but laugh when someone is adamant that a person only lives one life and this is it! I have quite vivid memories of at least a dozen previous lives, and know (or knew) several people in this life who were in most of them. ;D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 24, 2011:

Hi JamaGenee,

That's interesting. Who does your youngest grandson resemble or rather who do you think he was? Reincarnaton is an interesting subject of which I know little. On a physical level everything is reborn. Things die and return to the earth eventually nourishing new life in some form. On a spiritual level...something different, of course.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 23, 2011:

Yes, believing that we'll be reunited with loved ones in the afterlife does make finishing our own time in this one without them easier. Well, at least as we knew them in this life. I had a friend who believed her grandson was the reincarnation of someone she'd known in a previous life. There was an instant bond that was she said was different...more special...than the normal grandmother-grandchild relationship. The same thing seems to be true with my youngest grandson, except that I'm pretty sure I know who he was in his most recent life, a life that ended in 2003.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2011:

Hello ctbrown7,

Agreed! Nice to believe in an afterlife and eternity. Makes this one easier to bear when we lose loved ones knowing that we will be reunited in the future. Thanks for the comment.

ctbrown7 on July 21, 2011:

The veil between mortality and the spirit world becomes very thin. Very cool hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2011:

Hi again JamaGenee,

I also do not think that these dreams are just wish fulfillment. Most often the dreams have no reference to what had been going on that day or even previous days.

You have certainly had some striking experiences. That candle incident is certainly an interesting one! Thanks for coming back and sharing that and more for the skeptics who may be reading this.

Pretty convincing videos in this hub also.

Genealogy is certainly not boring! The daughter of a first cousin of mine has been contacting me for information about the family as she is assembling an online geneology. I have seen photos and learned much from her. I am happy to be able to add some photos and information to it as well. Nice!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 11, 2011:

Peggy, the visits with my father WERE comforting, as well as a total delight because they were so unexpected. For that reason, I personally don't believe such dreams are "wish fulfillment". Since I hadn't had a real relationship with my dad, I didn't miss him the same way one would who'd been extremely close to a now-deceased parent. Knowing you and your mother were close, sounds like SHE isn't ready to sever the earthly ties with YOU yet.

To those who don't believe in the afterlife, I'd like them to explain the message from the Love of My Life received by and passed on to me by a cousin who couldn't stand the man, and who had NO knowledge of the events referenced in it. In fact, she was quite angry that he had used her as the messenger!

Or the night before the funeral of her mother, a professional candle maker. We were gathered at the mother's home after the viewing and the lights went out. (We found out later this was the ONLY house in town that lost power...) Naturally we scurried around for candles - candles she had made - and as soon as each of us was holding one, the lights came back on.

And then there are the long-dead ancestors who've led me straight to their graves in out-of-the-way places when I wouldn't have found them by any other means, or to key pieces of information about their lives. The latter usually brings some long-buried secret to light! These, btw, are rather common experiences for many family historians. (Who says genealogy is boring!) ;D

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2011:

Hi JamaGenee,

That must have been very comforting to you when you were regularly getting visits from your Dad. My mother is still visiting me in my dreams including just last night. For those that don't believe in an afterlife and think that these dreams are just "wish fulfillment" they are nice in any case. It is wonderful to think that we WILL see our loved ones again...and soon. The older I get, the more time really does seem to fly! :))

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on July 10, 2011:

Starting several months after he died, my dad would come to me in dreams. (That was after he woke me up twice, hovering at the end of my bed...neither of which frightened me in the least. I just said "Oh hi, Dad" and turned over and went back to sleep...)

In the first dream, I was out with friends at some sort of private party, and when I turned to say something to the friend who'd been sitting next to me, I found my dad in her seat instead. I was so shocked that I blurted out "What are you doing here?!! You're DEAD!". To which he replied, with a smile: "Do I LOOK dead?"! (He didn't.)

Keep in mind that while he was alive, I'd NEVER EVER been "out" with my dad, so there's no way I was trying to recreate such events in dreams. That dream lasted quite awhile but never felt like a dream, nor were there any tearful declarations by either of us of missing the other. He was just THERE, as "alive" as you please, and we had a really great time. After that, for about a year he'd pop up in my dreams once a month or so - a different situation each time - and then I never saw him again.

The back story on this is that my mother was extremely jealous of ANY attention he paid me from the day I was born, so to keep the peace he barely ever said more than "Pass the salt" to me, and we never had a normal father-daughter relationship. In every dream he seemed quite pleased with himself, as if after arriving on the Other Side, he quickly figured out Mother could no longer keep us from having the relationship we should've had while he was alive!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2011:

Hi Martie,

I'm glad that this hub about belief in an afterlife was meaningful to you. As Billy said, we all have our personal beliefs. What makes this especially meaningful to me (in addition to my own experiences) is the reading that I have done on the subject. People of all (or no) religious beliefs all report the same experiences with NDE's. To me that makes it even more real.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on July 10, 2011:

Peggy, I tend to believe that NDE is projections of the brain, or at least due to the incredible abilities of the mind, but when I read hubs like this I have no choice but to believe in life after death. After all, believing this fills us with hope and peace we all direly need. And it makes this life meaningful.

Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed your pictures. Take care.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 10, 2011:

Hi Billy,

I found some wonderful videos to add to this hub about proof of an afterlife. Hope you come back to view them! You are correct in that faith is a personal thing.

billyaustindillon on July 09, 2011:

Peggy a story beautifully told - both uplifting and reassuring. No doubt people will call it hogwash but at the end of the day it is what you believe . Faith is personal.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2011:

The New York Times bestseller...HEAVEN IS FOR REAL would be interesting to read! I saw the young boy and his parents interviewed on the Today Show. The boy was 4 at the time and with a ruptured appendix and after 17 days in the hospital he claims to have been seated in Jesus lap and recalled meeting his sister (his parents had miscarried years earlier and had not told him about that!) as well as seeing where his father was while praying for him. It was all accurate and unless seen from above (heaven?) there is no way he could have known these things. He also met his grandfather in heaven.

Colors were so vivid and bright and besides people he saw many animals. This sounds like a great book to read no matter what religion one might follow. It certainly affirms a life after this one in our mortal bodies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 09, 2011:

Hello DarleneMB,

So sorry for your losses, but at least those of us like you and me who believe in an afterlife know that it is temporary. Remember when one was a child? A year seemed like an eternity! The older one gets the days, weeks and months seem to fly past more quickly. Compared to eternity, our lives on earth will seem less than the blink of an eye. "Faith can move mountains!" Keep your faith and may God Bless You!

Like you, I also look forward to seeing our pets again! Thanks for your comment.

DarleneMB on February 08, 2011:

Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. I firmly belive in life after death and appreciate the opinion of like-minded people. I lost two of my closest loved ones in 2008, and wish they could reassure me they are now happy, waiting for me. So many people I've met don't even believe in the afterlife. I find that tragic and cannot comprehend how someone can live with such a hopeless belief - that we are marching toward extinction after a meaningless existence. Stories like yours about your dad give me hope; that we will be in a beautiful place one day, be with our loved ones again (including our pets!!) and be free from suffering forever.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 02, 2011:

Hi Susan,

As to getting a visit from your mother, I have heard it said that sometimes they come to us in our dreams. But as to remembering dreams, one must wake up within so many minutes of having it in order to remember it. Everyone dreams but not everyone remembers their dreams. As to any other kind of visits...messages...signs, etc., I really cannot comment. There are people who are more sensitive than others...psychics and the like who actually help police departments help solve cold cases, etc. So I know that there are good psychics...also many frauds.

Personally, I would not worry or wonder. I firmly believe that you will see your mother again someday.

Few babies in the womb remember that experience and yet they can hear and feel. When they are born into this world and their eyes are opened a new life begins for them. Were they not alive prior to being born? Of course they were...but a new life begins upon their birth. When we die...another new life begins for us. The fact that we cannot see it yet does not mean that it does not exist.

Have faith. Hope this helps?

Susan on January 01, 2011:


I wonder if anyone can answer my question?

My mother died 15 months ago. We have always believed in the afterlife, but I am having doubts now because I know for a fact that my mother would have visited me if the spirit world was real.

I have had no signs, messages nothing from her, it makes me feel depressed to think I will never see her again.

I do not like to think this way, but as time goes on I am believing less and less. If my mother could visit me in spirit she would.

Does anyone have any answers to my doubts?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2011:

Hi Tony,

One thing that has been reported quite often in NDE's is that children or other people in a hospital setting report "floating" above their bodies and have often perfectly described medical equipment and even the people in the room working on them. No way they could have known about it if they were not seeing it for themselves. Much that is unexplained...and there is certainly room for thought either way one chooses to look at it.

I have often thought that even if there was no life after this heaven where we get to be reunited with loved ones and a God who created all of this...then dying for those who get old and infirm, or young and racked with pain, would not be so bad. At least it is an end to any kind of suffering. Sad, of course, for those snatched away early due to things like accidents, war, etc.

I do choose to believe in an afterlife from what I have seen and also read, but certainly appreciate those who are skeptical or who do not believe. Someday we will each find out the truth of the matter firsthand. In the meantime, for those of us who do believe, it somewhat eases the pain of loss since it is not permanent.

In the meantime, our memories do hold those we love close to us and family stories can be passed on for generations if the stories are memorable. Sorry again for the pain you are feeling about Esme's death and the death of your daughter's school teacher.

Thanks for your comment and I hope you find some solace regarding these recent deaths you and your family have experienced.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 01, 2011:

I enjoyed reading this very interesting Hub. Your story is a beautiful one and it is so inspiring how many people approach death with a positive approach.

I have to admit to still being unsure about any sort of after life and I think really different people have different concepts about it.

I believe that we are all part of the great reality of life around us, and that the people who matter to us feel that connection more fully. When we die we re-enter the life of the world quite literally as our bodies are re-absorbed into it. For me the meaningful life after death is the life we live in the minds and heart of those who love us and remember us.

My dad had Alzheimer's and he "saw" people long dead and I do think he was hallucinating.

As you know our beloved Esme died just before Christmas and although we were not there her other daughter who was there the whole time told us that Esme spoke about people long dead also.

However one explains these things is to some extent I think a personal choice.

What seems clear is that the mind seems to have a very special response to the nearness of the death experience which those who have NDEs can relate.

Thanks so much for sharing these interesting thoughts. At my age I guess these discussions have a greater sense of relevance than they did in years past!

Love and peace


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2010:

Hi barbara,

Thanks for sharing the story of your mom. The picture of her baptism must be a treasure for you! Thanks for commenting on this hub about my personal proof of an afterlife.

barbara on October 13, 2010:

My mom was a sweet loving women. So many children just took to her. She believed in God. Here heritage was part Navajo indian. When she passed away the person that came to get her was a Navaho man. He covered her in blue. This was a sign to me because she would have liked that situation.

She also has a picture of when she was baptised in a river. Her picture was the only picture taken that day that has clouds/figures in the sky that look like angels with wings.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2010:

Hi Mardi,

Sorry that you lost your mother to her battle with cancer. This is a beautiful story of your own regarding the afterlife. No doubt your mother and grandfather were sending you a message and you must know that they were happily reunited.

I just read a book that a friend passed on to me called 90 Minutes in Heaven. Obviously this minister (author) was called back to this life and after a point figured out the reason why but the descriptions of the dearly departed greeting him and the vibrance of colors and other sensory things that so far surpass anything here in this life make the next life in heaven something to really look forward to experiencing someday.

Thanks for your wonderful comment.

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on October 09, 2010:


What a beautiful hub. I am sorry I am so late in getting a chance to read it. I know what you have written is very true. Over 25 years ago now my mother had terminal cancer and was being treated in a specialized hospital away from our home town. My Dad was with her at the time but I had returned home to keep the farm animals fed, watered, etc. I suddenly woke up this one morning about 5:30am and just had to go to my Grandfather's grave. I did but didn't know why, it was really just this overwhelming feeling this is where I had to be. When I got home at about 8:00 am my Dad called from the hospital to say Mom had passed away that morning, just at about the same time I was at my Grandfather's grave. I don't for one second believe that was an accident, I think my Mom and her Dad were happily together and that they were saying not to worry.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 04, 2010:

Hello Minnetonka Twin,

What a beautiful thing to have experienced! It probably was your mother leading your father into the afterlife. For sure, it was someone that that loved him and wanted to accompany him through that transition. Perhaps several people!

I am still grieving the loss of my mother...miss her terribly...but am so glad that I was with her when she died so that I could see her couple of smiles at the end of her peaceful death.

I have heard someone allude to our present lives just as though we are babies in a womb. Babies feel, hear, etc. but see and experience SO MUCH MORE once they are outside of the womb. Our deaths will really be a birth into a better place. I truly believe that.

Thanks for your wonderful comment and sharing that about your father. Must be such great comfort for you!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on September 03, 2010:

Thank You so much for sharing your stories with us. This is one of the most inspiring hubs I have read to date. At the end of my father's life, he sat up(which he couldn't do anything anymore)and reached up in the air as if someone on the other side was grabbing his hand. It was beautiful and I believed it was my mother greeting him as she had passed years before. Thanks for a beautiful hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 07, 2010:

Hi Support Med.,

I agree with you. So many people from all walks of life have reported similar stories about what happens at the time of death. It would be very hard to refute all of this as nonsense...ESPECIALLY when one sees the evidence in person as I have been fortunate enough to have done. We still miss our loved ones terribly but (to me) it would be unbearable to think that it was final and that we would never again get to see them. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

Support Med. from Michigan on June 07, 2010:

A beautiful account. I believe that there is much to be learned from people who have had such experiences. Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2010:


I had not heard of the loss of 7 or 8 ounces from people's bodies who had just died. All I know is what I have read plus my personal experiences.

I was with my mother when she died a few months ago and although she had been in a lot of pain following surgery, she seemed (to me) to mouth the word MOTHER (whom she dearly loved) and died shortly thereafter with a smile on her face. I think that her mother was there to lead her through that tunnel of light. That gives me comfort and hope that she will be there for me when it is my time.

Matthew Frederick Blowers III from United States on May 28, 2010:

I agree with you on the near death and last words experiences, people including tiny children who come back from being dead all report on the tunnels of light, plus the technical aspects of the operating room that they would have no knowledge of, and strangest of all when they have wieghed a dying person, seven or eight ounces is lost from their body when they die, at that exact moment, could it be the soul exiting??? Thought provoking write here.~~MFB III

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2010:

Hello flameater,

My mother died this year and I was with her. She was in hospice care the last 12 hours and her eyes were pretty much closed. She had an oxygen mask on and it appeared that she mouthed the word "Mother." She also had a smile on her face...twice in fact...definite smiles! I am so happy that I was there to see that.

I have no doubt that my dear grandmother (her mother) was there to lead my mother into the next life. That just served to reaffirm my belief in the afterlife.

Thanks for the visit and comment.

flameater on March 26, 2010:

Hi! Your story is confirmed by many other personal accounts that I have heard been told by friends and relatives. I do not doubt that it is true.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 27, 2010:

Greetings Hokey,

I am so happy that my story of an afterlife brought you comfort with the impending death of your grandmother.

My dear mother died last week and I was with her in the hospital. The last 12 hours she got transferred to hospice care and while more pain free, I actually saw her smile under the oxygen mask several times while seemingly in a dream state. I am certain loved ones were with her during her transition to the next life. It brings me comfort as well although I miss her terribly.

Hokey from In the energy. on January 24, 2010:

Thank you for this wonderful story Peggy. I believe there are many plaines of existence. Only the body dies. The energy transfers to the next life. My grandmother is now passing and your story brings me much comfort. Thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 16, 2010:

Hi VioletSun,

It will be my pleasure! Thanks for commenting on this story of my personal proof of an afterlife. Linking our hubs will give people more to read regarding this subject if they wish. Thanks!

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on January 15, 2010:

Thank you for pointing me to this hub in your comments in mine. Its yet more testimony to the survival of the spirit. Its not a hallucination as some may think we get a glimpse of the other side through our loved ones or seeing spirits ourselves there are so many confirmations that what we are seeing is real.

I would love to add your hub to mine, and will be doing this in a minute. Would be an honor if you add mine to yours!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2010:

Hi Greg,

You nailed that one on the head. We will all have an afterlife and of that, I am certain. Thanks for your comment.

Greg Cremia from Outer Banks on January 15, 2010:

Only our bodies die. The rest moves on.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2009:

Hi Micky Dee,

Happy to hear that you liked this story of my proof of an afterlife. Thank you for responding.

Micky Dee on December 22, 2009:

I enjoyed this a lot. Thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2009:

Greetings itakins,

You have simply confirmed what I also know about proof of an afterlife. Thanks for your comment. Isn't it wonderful to know what we know? It makes the temporary losing of our loved ones easier to bear knowing that we will see them again in a better place.

itakins from Irl on December 18, 2009:

So glad to find this hub-as a nurse,and having helped look after my parents at home before they passed away-I have no doubts whatever in an afterlife.

Wonderful hub.Thank you.

komal on December 18, 2009:

Very nice hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2009:

Hello myownworld,

I like your idea of the afterlife that we will all someday experience. Thank you for the great compliment on my writing skills. Coming from you that means much because you are one of the finest writers on hubpages in my opinion.

myownworld from uk on December 13, 2009:

wow...It took me ages just to get here! Beautiful hub Peggy, but what else can one expect from a writer like you! I believe that after we die..there is just happiness, and love and forgiveness for all...and I hope it is so! Thank you for sharing this great story with us...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2009:

Hello Bieberella,

Thank you for reading this story of my personal proof of an afterlife and leaving a comment. I loved my Dad and look forward to seeing him again someday. He brought many smiles to faces in this life and I can only assume that he is doing the same where he is now. Glad that this story brought a smile to your face.

Bieberella from Pennsylvania on December 09, 2009:

What a wonderful story! I loved this article. Your dad is with you and smiling. Thank you for sharing your story; it's made me smile.

Dana ;>

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2009:

We will all be judged by how we treat others. That beggar on the street could be the holiest among us. We cannot judge by appearances...and certainly NOT how people talk...but more like how they act. Do unto others as you would have them do unto paraphrase something Jesus said.

Debra Allen from West Virginia on December 09, 2009:

Ha, he finally told me that he rejects my story because he said tht I was comparing myself to Jesus. He said that I could not have done this without dying. I just left him with the story about Jesus dressing and looking different in someone's house and how he repremanded them for treating him badly. I told this guy that if he could never bleive that Jesus could do anything that he never thought tht he couln't do then he would never see Jesus. Ye of Little Faith. He said tht my claim was outlandish. I remnded him of Exekial, Moses, Enoch, Jesus and a few others that were not believed. They love to twist people's words around to suit their un-belief. He said that he wasn't sure that Jesus believed me. I said I Do know tht he believes me becasue he was the one who took my hand. He said that I was crazy. Oh well I kind of told him Good Bye and have a nice life. I also told him that I do not go around telling others what kinds of things Jesus and God can and cannot do/. Only Jesus and God knows that.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2009:

Hi Lady Guinevere,

Believe me, you did add to this hub and in a nice way. Whether people wish to believe your experiences or not...yours echo so many others that I have read about and adding that together with my own experiences with my dying father, etc., it merely helps confirm an afterlife for every one of us.


Debra Allen from West Virginia on December 09, 2009:

I had a comment from someone on FB that I discuss things with and he read my hub and he couldn't understand any of it. He told me that he believes that Heaven is HOME and that he has "FAITH" in Jesus Christ. Funny because that is who I went with and he couldn't see that or read it or understand it. I don't know about people around the world who are taught that it is one way and only that way and when there is another way they automatically get those blinders on. Everything that I say is in the Bible. I don't get it. It's like no one else but them can read or is allowed too.

I didn't mean to take from your hub, just add to it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2009:

Dear Lady Guinevere,

I can see why you decided to leave no comment box, although you probably would have generated many comments. What you have written is not only beautiful but very reassuring (except possibly for those people who are so set in their ways that they cannot conceive of anything other than their dogmatic ways of thinking.)

Personally I have thought for most of my life that there is no one "right" religion with all others being wrong. No heaven for only the "true believers" of one religion with hell for all those who are not of the same mind.

Your beliefs (experiences) serve to confirm my beliefs although certainly I have not ever had the vivid experiences you have.

From others I have read something regarding this life being "veiled" and death being a true "birth" with our eyes being truly opened. So nice to ponder and think about since our lifetime here is limited at best.

And as to there being life on other planets...I always thought it difficult to believe that in the entire universe we would be the only populated planet in every solar system with all others being devoid of life of any kind. That almost defies belief!

Thank you for including your link in my hub. Hope others draw comfort from it which was the intent of writing my hub in the first place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2009:

Hello Lady Guinevere,

Thanks for the link. Will go and read it now as others may also wish to do.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2009:

Greetings Bbudoyono,

I think your thoughts as well as others are in the majority as to believing in an afterlife. Maybe your "jinn" is what we could call the devil? Thanks for your comment.

Debra Allen from West Virginia on December 08, 2009:

Peggy, I finally wrote about my afterlife experience and you can link it here if you like.:

Bbudoyono on December 08, 2009:

In Javanese culture we strongly believe in afterlife. Many people told similar story. In Islam we also believe in afterlife. However, in the other world there are many creature. There are soul of human being, angel, ghost and jinn. The last two often deceived human being. They can change their look to almost anything.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2009:

Hi habee,

Thanks! Obviously I also believe in an afterlife, eternal life or whatever alternate label one wishes to utilize. I have had enough proof to personally satisfy me in addtion to reading other people's accounts plus my religious background. Glad that you found satisfaction in reading this story. Thanks for your comment.

Holle Abee from Georgia on December 05, 2009:

Your story gave me goosebumps! It was wonderful. I definitely believe in eternal life.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 05, 2009:

Hi Karen,

I agree with you that one must keep an open mind about such things as an afterlife. We believe in many things that cannot be seen. The fact that so many others have all experienced similar things is good enough for me...especially personally knowing some of those people like my Dad and Grandpa.

Heading back to your hub now. Thanks!

Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on December 05, 2009:

Peggy, I too am certain of the afterlife, through my own and other peoples experience, around me. You just have to be open. It was a wonderful story. It will help other people, who read it, consider the possibilities.

P.S. I answered your questions about the sugabread cookies on my page.

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