More Than Meets the Eye, True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife covers many aspects of the dying and grieving process and sheds light on euthanasia, suicide, near-death experience, and spirit visits after the passing of a loved one. ___________________________________________

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Highly Sensitive People May Communicate with Ghosts

When I stopped using my own energy to offer healing to others, the empathic attacks lessened, but I was still able to see and hear in the spirit realm. Disembodied souls would awaken me during the night and hover overhead, staring at me until I woke up. I heard things no one else heard and I could feel the energy of ghosts around me. I even wrote a book about it, More Than Meets the Eye True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife. I’ve always been sensitive to the energy of “deceased” people.

Jerry, a friend of mine, was fatally stabbed in the parking lot of a Kroger store in 2007 while trying to stop a man who had stolen a purse from a 60-year-old woman. When I heard Jerry had died, I was immediately catapulted into an empathetic episode like I had not experienced since I was serving as an intercessory prayer warrior in the city of Muncie in the mid-1990s. The grief-like energy I was carrying for Jerry's friends and family was so severe that after two days, I finally called on an energy-worker friend, Cherise Thorne, to clear me so I could stop sobbing.

After that, I put up some really strong protective barriers to keep from taking on other people's energy, but Jerry didn’t seem to get the message. His spirit hung around me for more than a week following his death. I didn't want to do what he was urging me to do—contact his mom and sister (Dianne) and give them a message from him: “Tell them I am with Mason.” The message didn't mean anything to me. I wasn't sure if Mason was a person, a pet, a bricklayer, or a lodge member. I hesitated sharing this insight because I didn't know how open his sister and mom were to having a stranger give them a psychic message and I didn't want to add to their grief. What if I was wrong and the message had no relevance to them?

However, Jerry was insistent, and at the time, I didn't know how to make ghosts go away. So, I found his mother’s address and wrote a letter giving her the message with my phone number and return address. I didn't hear anything from the family until nearly two and a half years later when I got a letter from his sister, stating that she finally knew what the message meant. He had visited with a friend who was a cashier at the store the day Jerry was killed. Her name was Mason.

For more information, you might enjoy reading my book, More Than Meets the Eye True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife. Purchase paperback on It's also on Amazon as an e-book for those who have Kindle or Sony Readers. The audio book is now available!
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Elder Home Care - How to Elder Proof A House

By Lyn Vincent

Every elder wants to stay in his or her own home for as long as their health would allow them. In achieving this goal, several changes within the home would be necessary. Deterioration in health, reduced mobility, weakness, falls, arthritis, poor vision, dementia are some of the conditions that may affect functional ability and thus increase the risk for accidents and injury in the home. These changes would promote safety, encourage functional independence and help carers carry out their function more efficiently. Below is some equipment to help make the home elder proof.

Elder Proof Lounge - As frailty begins to have its toll on the elder performing simple task such as sit to stand from chairs and sofas becomes difficult and more effort is required to accomplish the task. Raising the height of chairs and sofas would make a difference as the added height would make it easier for the elder to sit to stand independently with or without the use of hands. Chair raisers are used in elevating low chairs in the home. The riser recliner chair is also a suitable option for those who can afford it. It is particularly beneficial to those who have no strength to push up from sitting.

Elder Proof Bedroom - Getting in and out of the bed is another difficulty the elder could encounter in the home; he may consider trading in a very high bed for a bed with an ideal height or get bed raisers to raise a low bed. A bed loop is a useful tool in completing bed transfers and so is a leg lifter. Electric beds are also beneficial if they can be afforded.

Elder Proof Bathroom - Grab rails, bath boards and bath seats are useful tools that could be fitted to help getting in and out of the bath become easier for the elder. A bath lift is a better solution if this can be afforded. Shower stools or shower seats could be used in the shower. Other options if the elder is willing to consider it would be converting the bath room into a shower room or perhaps a wet room.

Elder Proof Toileting - Many elders are particularly concerned with their toileting due to increased urinary frequency and urgency. A commode is a welcomed option for night use as it can positioned close to the bed. An elder with much reduced mobility would also find the commode beneficial during the daytime due to ease of access. The glideabout commode is a commode on wheels. Carers prefer this option as it could be used for transportation within the home. A grab rail or toilet frame gives the elder something to hold on to if he /she depend on the use of the hands in sitting to standing. A toilet which is too low for the elder can also be fitted with a raised toilet seat.

Elder Proof Kitchen - A perching stool is a useful tool in the home for completing simple everyday tasks such as washing up, preparing drinks or simple meals as the elder might need a resting spot when performing these tasks. The perching stool can also be used in the bathroom for strip washing, brushing or shaving. A kitchen trolley is useful in transporting drinks and meals from the kitchen.

An elder who lives in a house with steps or/and stairs may want to consider the following adaptations in the home:

- Stair rails and grab rails

- Stair lift - Convert steps to ramp

- Consider downstairs living if there is enough space for a bed and access to a bathroom and toilet In the event where the above adaptations to the home will not make much difference, the elder may need to consider relocation to a step free bungalow.

De-cluttering the home would create enough space for mobility and equipment and also reduce the risk of a fall. Removing all loose rugs and carpets and ensuring that wires and cables are safely tucked away or taped would also reduce the risk of a fall.

It is very important that the necessary permission is obtained from the house owner before commencing with any adaptation in the home.

Making a home elder proof can be an expensive project and it may be beneficial for the elder to consider applying for a grant from the local authority or applying to the local authority to provide some if not all of the equipment. It is worth knowing that each local authority have strict criteria for granting applications.

An elder proof home may be expensive but it is worth it.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Is there Physical Evidence That We Live More Than One Life?

By Roy Stemman

Not only do many of world religions embrace the concept of reincarnation but New Age followers with no religious affiliations are increasingly adopting it into their personal philosophy of life. Which means that around half of our planet’s inhabitants – including Hindus, Buddhists and Jains – believe we live more than one life on Earth.

But where’s the evidence to support that belief?

It is surprisingly abundant, as I have set out to show in The Big Book of Reincarnation (Hierophant Publishing, June 2012). The book is the culmination of 50 years of study, during which I have not only researched the history of belief in rebirth but also met many individuals who are convinced they can recall one or more past lives. I’ve also interviewed most of the leading scientists involved in reincarnation research and twice visited the Lebanon, during the making of a British TV documentary, to investigate cases within the Druze community, for whom reincarnation is the cornerstone of their religious beliefs.
There is no shortage of reincarnation cases to investigate, if you know where to look, but finding the perfect case – one that satisfies the most diligent of researchers as well as hardened skeptics – has proved impossible until now. There are, however, some extremely impressive cases which, although not watertight, are very difficult to explain persuasively with any other theory.

Much of this evidence revolves around children who begin talking about a previous existence almost from the moment they can speak. Some chide their parents for not having things they enjoyed in the life they claim to remember: perhaps a car, servants, fine food and clothes or good schooling. A few even try to run away to find their past-life family.
Toran “Titu” Singh, born in a village close to the Taj Mahal in northern India, was typical of such children. He began speaking at the age of one-and-a-half, sooner than his five siblings, and early on he demanded, “Tell my grandfather to look after my children and my wife. I am having my meals here and I am worried about them.” 

Asked by his mother who he was, Titu replied, “I am from Agra. I don’t know how I came here.” Later, he admonished his mother with the words, “Mummy, please don’t go out in these clothes. I feel embarrassed by them. My wife had beautiful saris.” He also told her: “Your house is dirty. I will not stay. My house is very big.” When expected to walk or take a bus, he complained, “I used to go by car. I will not go on foot or in a bus.” As he grew older, he would cry almost every day saying he wanted to “go home”. 

He recalled many details of a previous life when he was Suresh Verme and owned Suresh Radio, a shop in Sadar Bazaar in Agra. Suresh, who was also a noted smuggler on the black market, was shot dead on 28 August, 1983. Titu’s memories were so accurate and detailed that his past-life wife and parents accepted the boy as Suresh’s reincarnation.

As a journalist, I realised when I encountered these stories – minutely researched and carefully documented in scientific and parapsychology journals – that they deserved a wider audience. I launched a magazine, Reincarnation International, in 1994 to share some of these reports with a wider public. The publication also examined the similar memories that are often recalled by adults under hypnosis, though I view these with far more skepticism for the simple reason that their minds have already been exposed to a wealth of information from books, movies and television that could influence or even produce the dramas they recall during a hypnotic regression. 

Reincarnation International later evolved into Life & Soul Magazine whose editorial scope broadened to look at other evidence of an after-life. But, like so many specialist magazines, it eventually ceased publication, in 2001, as the impact of digital publishing began to make itself felt.

However, with a wealth of material that was unpublished and with fascinating new reports and research continuing to appear in academic journals, it was time to put all this information together into a single volume that sets out to answer many of the questions that puzzle those who delve into past lives.

Do we all reincarnate? Do we return as the same sex? What role, if any, does karma play?  Do we have soul mates? Are we part of a group soul? Do animals have souls? Where do new souls come from? 

A total understanding of reincarnation is only possible if we can provide answers to most of these questions, but acceptance of reincarnation for most people will depend on far more than philosophical conjectures.

Fortunately, reincarnation research has taken us beyond that with impressive new evidence that some individuals are not only born with memories of a past life which are subsequently verified but also bring with them into their new life physical evidence that appears to corroborate those claims, in the form of birthmarks and birth defects. For example, scars on his head, coinciding with the entry and exit of the bullet that killed him in his previous incarnation, are also a notable feature of the Titu Singh case, mentioned earlier.

I have dedicated The Big Book of Reincarnation to the memory of the late Dr Ian Stevenson, a professor of psychiatry whose ground-breaking two-volume study of such cases has added considerable weight to the already impressive volume of evidence collected over several decades. My book deals with some of these cases in detail and also provides an overview of his work.

Stevenson was a cautious scientist who, for most of his career, referred to his special area of interest as cases suggestive of reincarnation. This reflected the fact that none of the cases he investigated provided 100 percent evidence. However, it is clear that he eventually accepted reincarnation as the best explanation for some of the claims he investigated.
It’s a view I share. In presenting the case for reincarnation, I have also been at pains to explore alternative theories and to dismiss some claims that can be interpreted adequately by more mundane explanations. 

However, even if we refute some of the evidence as wish fulfillment, forgotten memories or other psychological aberrations, we are still left with an important residue of cases which indicate some individuals appear to have been born with memories of a former life and that cannot be explained by normal means. 

When a child is able to describe a previous existence and name the key players in that life, even directing his new family to the village in which he or she was born and identifying the former home and various relatives, it either challenges our understanding of human perception and memory, or points very clearly to the possibility that a soul is not destroyed when the body dies, but continues to exist until a new “home” is available for it to occupy. And when that new child – animated by an “old” soul – is born, displaying marks and defects that, it soon transpires, mirror wounds or injuries from that previous life, then it is time for humanity to ponder the enormous implications of that discovery.

It is easy to dismiss such cases as oddities that simply cannot be explained–and do no more about them. But they have occurred for centuries and show up in most cultures. The numbers are small but sufficient to be recognized as a phenomenon that deserves intense study.

After all, they could provide the answer to the age-old question: “Do we live after we die?”
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Hospice Services: Providing Comfort During Trying Times

By Gwendlyn Price

What are hospice services?

Hospice is the concept of catering to the needs of those whose life expectancy has been predicted to be 6 months or less. It is a concept that dates back to the time of the Crusades in the 14th century. Religious orders during that time, however, prevented its growth. Modern hospices came to be during the 1960s, starting in Great Britain. From there, the practice grew and spread to the United States, and parts of Europe and Asia.

Once all efforts to cure the patient of his/her disease have been exhausted, hospice care is recommended. The practice is palliative in nature. Palliative is the field of healthcare that focuses not on curing, but in preventing and reducing the suffering of a patient. This type of care allows the patient to live his or her last days with dignity.

Why and when should we consider hospice?

The idea of being diagnosed with an incurable disease is a tough pill to swallow. For the patient, it's an overwhelming experience that is difficult to deal with. There is so much uncertainty that comes with knowing you only have a limited amount of time left. While some are intent on treatment in the hopes of curing their disease, most cases don't end so well. In some cases, continued curative treatment only makes the body weaker.

Hospice services should be considered once a doctor diagnoses inevitability. This means that the doctor has predicted a certain timeframe left for the patient. Hearing news like this will, without a doubt, stir up emotions of fear and sometimes even anger. Once you start entertaining the idea of hospice care, remember that it is not proof of hopelessness. Believe that by making the decision, patients aren't giving up. Rather, they are taking control by deciding what to do with the remainder of their lives.

Where is hospice care provided?

In most cases, patients choose in home hospice care. Most services provide this option with the understanding that patients would rather be in the privacy of their own homes. If in home hospice care proves to be too strenuous, options such as inns and other facilities may be available as well.

What can I expect from this service?

First of all, you can expect counseling and guidance through you and your loved ones' trying times. Professionals will help the patient and his/her family members understand and cope with the issues at hand. No one knows the pain endured by someone who knows his or her end is coming. Patients often find themselves dealing with so many previously unrealized frustrations, and that's something that the treatment method caters to.

Apart from helping relieve all mental and emotional anguish, the practice also highlights the spiritual needs of a person. Patients can expect that through this palliative treatment method, whatever spiritual concerns they have will be attended to. Dealing with grief and bereavement also come later.

While hospice services might sound like a good option from the get go, remember to discuss the topic with care. Make sure that the patient is emotionally prepared to avoid misunderstandings during an already difficult time.

Gwen Price is a nurse who has worked with several in home hospice care. For additional information on how this can help your terminally-ill loved one, please read up about hospice services.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Life is Not a Coincidence – Part 5

Here is part five of our Wednesday series of informative articles created from my podcast interview with Sheryl Glick, the author of Life is Not a Coincidence. Sheryl tells about the numerous times and ways her loved ones have communicated with her. Here is another one of those instances. You may listen to our entire interview at

Yvonne: I got an email on March 8, that stated we were in a month of miracles in which everything was speeded up. Our manifestations were like a hundred thousand times faster.

Sheryl: That is so wonderful that you said that. I had a client last week who said to me, “Sheryl, I think I had a miracle.” A few weeks before she was in debt because she had spent $30,000 for in vitro. She had to have surgery because she had endometriosis.

Then she had a growth on her ovary and had to go to an oncologist to remove it so she wouldn’t lose the ovary. She was so disheartened that she was in debt trying to have a child. I said to her, “Do not worry. Do not think about the money. Pay whatever little bit you can because if you worry about it, it will become more challenging and you really won’t be able to rid yourself of the burden.”
She comes in later and tells me she got a call from her doctor. He had forgiven the debt and doesn’t want her to send any more payments. She also got a letter from the government stating she was receiving $8,000 because of all the medical expenses that she had. So she said, “I’m debt free!!”

That’s how miracles work! We do the right thing. We try to be consciousness good citizens and we ask for help from spirit and here comes a miracle! I didn’t know it was the week of miracles but I was so happy.

Yvonne: I had a similar situation this week. My husband and I have decided to go to Sedona, Arizona for vacation in September.

Sheryl: Oh how beautiful it is there!
Yvonne: We feel that we need to go there because Spirit has something for us there. We’ve got the time share accommodations arranged and I mentioned to my husband that we needed to have x number of dollars saved up so we can pay cash for this trip and not put anything on credit cards. So he put together a little budget and said you need to have this much and I need to have this much to cover everything including airfare and food. I said, “That’s not enough. I want to have spending money so I’m going to manifest at least $400 more. Do you know that within three hours after that conversation I got a text message that read: “I brought a check by and put it in your mailbox. I want you to get it before the mailman comes.” The amount was $440—more than what I said I wanted for spending money.
Sheryl: Did you know that 44 is the sign of the angels? It’s beautiful.
Yvonne: Yes I know!

Sheryl: I always say to people it’s not just about making intention for what you need or want. It’s about performing the behavior and the action towards that goal. So we can’t just wish and sit there and wait. We need to put our whole essence and our whole energy and our whole passion into whatever it is that we think is part of our destiny part of our life plan. We can’t do it meekly. We have to be a little bold.

Yvonne: You know I didn’t even ask I just said this is what I need and thank you for providing it. I’ve got several more months and have the money already saved up and nearly paid for my portion of the trip so I’m excited!
Sheryl: Have a wonderful time. It’s so beautiful out there.

Yvonne: Thanks!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

What Are Visitations and What Do They Mean?

By Keith Ward

When someone loses a loved one, especially one that is very close, they may be so distraught that they cannot accept this death. The need to keep a connection to the person whom they have lost is so strong, they may experience visitations. Many times these people will wake in the middle of the night to see their loved one in the room with them. There are even reports of talking to the departed one.

Is it a Dream or is it Real?

Although many believe that the visitation during a dream is nothing more than the need to see the person again so badly that the mind manufactures the visit, there are some visitations that are not so easily explained. Visitations have been reported when the person was not sleeping. They may sense a presence around them and turn around to see their son, daughter or husband who has recently passed.

Visitations are not always seeing the individual. Some are feelings or a smell such as the scent of the perfume worn by the deceased. Others are arrangements of objects that were important to the person who has passed. There have been instances of collections that belonged to the deceased being re-arranged even though no one was near them.

What this means can be interpreted in many ways. The most popular belief is the person wants to let their loved ones know there is life after death. In addition, they may want to assure them that they are okay where they are now. Often people will make a sort of pact. They will promise each other whichever one passes first will use a certain sign to let the other one know they are still around. This visitation reassures the remaining person that they will not just cease to exist when they die.

Near-Death Visitations

Many times when someone is near death, they may see a loved one who has passed before them. Relatives have reported the ill person saying the name of a mother or husband who has been dead many years. They also have noted that the person will look happy and seem to see them in the room. Is this a figment of our imagination or does the person actually see their deceased relative? If you believe in an afterlife, you will most likely believe they have actually seen their relative.

Many movies have focused on this and some have been based on true-life happenings. The spirit of a deceased person trying to communicate with the living is one of the great mysteries that we want to understand. So why does the visitation happen? Many believe that the person who died may have left unfinished business. They may feel the need to visit their loved ones and reassure them that they are fine. There are also theories that the person never really leaves and their presence is felt constantly in the home in which they lived.

Consciousness of the Living World

This brings up the subject of knowing what is going on after you die. Does the person who is no longer of the physical world know what is happening here anyway? The soul is the core of this discussion. Since many believe in the existence of the soul apart from the physical body, the conclusion is that there must be knowledge of what is still happening on Earth. It cannot be impossible for them to know that their loved one miss them and are grieving. In some instances, this will be a reason for a visitation.

In other cases, when it comes to the visitation, it is most likely that the deceased wants to make contact with the living for a reason. It may be that the person left unfinished business. They may want to warn the person they left behind about something. If the deceased was the victim of a murder, they may want to let their loved ones know who was responsible.

Sometimes visitations are made in times of stress. This may mean that the departed person knows the person is going through life-altering transitions and wants to let them know they are not alone. The connection between the two may have been so strong that when one was upset, the other was upset as well. Therefore, when they visit to let it be known that they are still with them this is a sign that you are not handling everything by yourself.

Have you ever heard an instrument play by itself or found the same objects day after day? This is also considered a visitation. The spirits are said to be able to manipulate electronics more easily. Often this would seem to be a way of allowing the living to know that the spirit of someone is still around even though we may not know whom. There are psychics who believe this is the way some spirits visit the world of the living.

Religion and Visitations

It cannot go without saying that if you believe in the existence of God and Jesus that you must believe in life after death. This is the basis of the teachings of the Bible and the way a person is supposed to live their life. The visitation of angels is another basis of the belief that there is something more than life as we know it now.

Whether or not you believe in visitations is a personal belief. Those who have experienced them believe and they believe they know why they received the visit. The world is full of mysteries that we will never understand. When it comes to the meaning of visitations, many are easier to understand than others are.

Keith Ward is the Founder and Director of the Circle of Professional Clairvoyants, which offers Psychic Readings with fully qualified Psychic Readers and Senior UK Clairvoyants.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Life is Not a Coincidence – Part 4

Here is part four of our Wednesday series of informative articles created from my podcast interview with Sheryl Glick, the author of Life is Not a Coincidence. Sheryl tells about the numerous times and ways her loved ones have communicated with her. Here is another one of those instances. You may listen to the entire interview at
Yvonne: We’ve talked about several ways spirits communicate with us. We’ve talked about the psychic smell. We’ve talked about pictures falling over when they really had no reason to. We’ve talked about sitting next to someone on the bus who had a shared name and likeness with the person that you knew. What are some other things we might recognize?

Sheryl: One day I was walking on the boardwalk by the ocean and a man walked by me who looked exactly like my Uncle High. It was so uncanny how much he looked like him. Then I walked a little further and a second man walked by me who also looked like him. I knew I had to call my aunt and uncle. My uncle was alive. When I was leaving the beach I went to my car and another man drove by me in his car and looked exactly like my uncle. I think we can call that a spiritual overlay. When someone in spirit can actually imprint on another person, some of their energy or their appearance or their personality so a medium can pick up it.

So I went home and immediately called my uncle, but he wasn’t there so I got to speak to my Aunt Lily. I told her the story and she said how happy she was that I told her that story because she felt it was her father getting a message through to her-that he was alright. She said to me, “Sheryl, you wouldn’t know this but my father looked exactly like Uncle High. Two weeks before he died I had a dream that he was going to pass but I didn’t say anything to anyone because I didn’t understand what it meant.” Then he did pass so it was obvious that my aunt has a propensity to receive information from spirit through a dream like I did with my grandfather before my father passed.

Yvonne: I had something like that this week. I was driving down the road talking to my mom and we mentioned my daughter-in-law. I turned the corner and I said out loud to Mom, “Oh, my god! That looks just like Amanda!” I did a double take because here we were just talking about someone and I see a girl who looks just like her! It wasn’t her vehicle so I knew it wasn’t her, but I was tempted to slow the car down and ask, “What are you doing here?” It’s wasn’t even close to her house and she would have no reason to be in the area. That must have been one of those imprints you’re talking about.

Sheryl: Right! It must have been someone in spirit who wanted you to connect with her or think of her. Sometimes in just thinking of someone we are sending out such a loving energy that it can help them. There is no time to speak, so our thoughts and intentions for creating and manifesting something wonderful can happen just that easily. Someone who needs help and those in spirit know who need it. They get the message to us anyway they can in a loving way.

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For more information, you might enjoy reading my book, More Than Meets the Eye True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife. Purchase paperback on It's also on Amazon as an e-book for those who have Kindle or Sony Readers. The audio book is now available!
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Monday, May 7, 2012

What Happens to Our Loved Ones When They Die a Violent Death?

By Melissa Van Rossum

With all the news lately about violent attacks, including Ann Pressly, the news anchor from Little Rock, Arkansas who was beaten to death and the members of Jennifer Hudson's family who was killed, people are naturally wondering what happens to a loved one when they die a violent death.

I've met several ghosts who died from violent attacks. One of the most memorable people I met was Tim McClean, the man who was beheaded on a Greyhound bus in Canada.

I don't normally read graphic news pieces, but his story popped up on an internet page I was visiting and I ended up reading a couple of paragraphs of it. If you're familiar with this story you know why I stopped reading it after only a couple of paragraphs.

The remarkable thing was that I was in my basement office when I read the story. I shut down my computer, turned out the lights and began to climb the stairs. By the time I reached the top of the second flight, there was Tim, with his iPod earphones still in his ears, standing outside my bedroom doorway. I hadn't yet seen a photo of him, but I knew it was him since I had already connected with his energy from reading the story.

He was still stunned from all the events of his bodily death and seemed genuinely shy. He stood leaning against the wall with his hands in his pockets. Although he wasn't in any pain, he did seem overwhelmed and ready to go home. I couldn't blame him.

He hadn't gone home earlier out of shock and disbelief of how his body had died. I think for a while, he didn't quite realize he was dead.

But now he did and he wanted to go home.

I gladly helped him on his way and he went home easily to the Other Side.

The important thing to remember when a loved one dies from a violent attack, is that once they leave their body, they're no longer in any pain.

Too often as the ones who stay behind, we stay stuck in the moment of their death or the time they suffered just before their death. They, however, move beyond this moment very quickly.

I met a gentleman several months ago who had committed suicide by shooting himself.

He was the brother of a friend and she was distraught over what he had done. Within minutes of my learning about what had happened, he quickly came to me. His funeral had not yet happened and he was asking me to send him home - which I refused to do.

He was not in any physical pain, but he knew the moment he killed himself that he had done the wrong thing. He was scared and ravaged with guilt and he was afraid of the anger and the judgment of those he had left behind.

He wanted to go home early to escape facing what he thought would be an angry mob. But he couldn't have been more wrong.

He stood in the corner almost shaking, he was so overwhelmed with fear.

"You have to go be with your family right now....I'm not going to help you until after your funeral. You need to go be with your family and do what you can to comfort them, let them know you're sorry, that you're still alive. You need to take responsibility for the pain you've caused them," I told him.

"They're mad at me," he said, "they're furious with me. I don't want to be around them. I'm just a disappointment to them."

"Well, you've done the worst you could have possibly done. They're going to be mad at you for a while. You need to go face the music," I said to him.

"You need to trust me on this, this is the only way you're going to get through this," I said unapologetically.

He finally left and timidly went to his family.

I checked in on him now and then over the week and he began to see how he had had other choices in life that he wasn't aware of at the time. And, just as importantly, he began to feel the love they had for him. They were mad at him, that's true. But they dearly loved him.

While he lived in his body he regularly felt that he was to blame for so much of others' suffering, now he could see that really wasn't the case.

He had begun to learn some very valuable insights even before he crossed over to go Home.

Which, by the way, he did cross over on his own just after his funeral. I don't think he would have been able to do that if he hadn't begun to see beyond the blame and the self-judgment.

Those who leave their bodies violently or tragically, move beyond those terrible last moments very quickly, and we need to as well. The suffering for them ended as soon as they left their bodies and their emotional healing began at the same time.

Melissa Van Rossum is an accomplished psychic & empath, & the author of two books. In her first book, All You've Ever Known, she shares a process that deepens your intuition & awakens your soul to a happier, more successful and authentic life.

In Their Way Home, My Adventures as a Ghost Guide Melissa offers revealing perspective as she shares for the first time the very personal stories of her encounters with real life ghosts who searched her out in their quest to find a way back home, and how she helped them to cross over in to the Light. Plenty of books have been written about ghost sightings but in this book Melissa shares the stories behind why these souls chose to linger on the earth plane and how you can live a happier life by learning from the mistakes they made in life...and in death.

Melissa regularly speaks to the media & groups on topics such as How to Create the Life of Your Dreams, Ghosts and The Paranormal, and What Happens After You Die. You can learn more about Melissa and her books at and

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Life is Not a Coincidence – Part 3

Here is part three of our Wednesday series of informative articles created from my podcast interview with Sheryl Glick, the author of Life is Not a Coincidence. Sheryl tells about the numerous times and ways her loved ones have communicated with her. Here is another one of those instances. You may listen to the entire interview at

Sheryl: There really are no coincidences. Coincidences are messages from higher spiritual beings or loved ones. Those messages come to help us—to tell us more about who we are and to guide us through the physical world, which is a very challenging environment. A physical life is not easy for many people. It’s a beautiful life and we can have much joy and health but we can also have many challenges. In learning more about who we are as energy beings we are able to transcend and transform a lot of the physical problems of the physical world.

Yvonne: Give us a few examples of that. What is something that could help us?

Sheryl: Okay I’ll give you an example of how someone who didn’t understand they were getting a message from spirit. It was no coincidence that I met this person on a train station. She looked like my cousin, Susan, so I started to talk to her. She said her name was Suzanne, so that was already no coincidence. She said she had been married for about a year and somehow I sensed that her mother had passed. She said something to the fact that her mother was not there.

I said, “But your mother was there at the wedding and she knows your husband.” Then she says to me, “It’s funny you say that but I have a picture of the two of us and no matter where I place it, it falls down. If I put it far back on the shelf or if I put it on another table, it’s not anywhere that it could fall off, yet I find it on the floor.”

“That’s her way of telling you that she’s happy that you’re married and have a wonderful husband. She wants you to know that she was there with you and she’s not really gone. She’s around learning from you, experiencing things, sharing love. It’s just that she’s in a different place of learning. She has experiences that she has to continue to learn on her own.”

The girl started to cry because she had felt something but not had validation and wasn’t really quite sure what was going on. My meeting her that day was probably part of her mother’s energy to urge me to be there at the right moment in time to help her daughter. They work that way from spirit. They are all connected and our loved ones meet. As you and I are sitting here now speaking perhaps some of our loved ones up there are watching and observing and sharing with us this moment. Life doesn’t end at death; it’s endless—we are endless as eternal beings, growing and evolving whether we’re here on Earth or in dimensions beyond here.

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For more information, you might enjoy reading my book, More Than Meets the Eye True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife. Purchase paperback on It's also on Amazon as an e-book for those who have Kindle or Sony Readers. The audio book is now available!
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Baby Boomers and Senior Care: How Is It Affecting You and Your Family?

By Claudette Paage

Are you a baby boomer caring for an aging parent or loved one? If you answered yes, you're not alone. Surveys suggest that today's baby boomers-those born between 1946 and 1965-will likely spend time caring for an aging parent or loved one.

If you fall into this category, you are dedicating enormous time, energy and resources-many times, financial assistance-to make sure your aging loved ones are safe, secure, comfortable and maintaining the best possible quality of life. But, your own health and well-being may be in jeopardy-there are only so many hours in the day!

To make matters more difficult, caregivers often lose out on moneymaking opportunities. They receive fewer promotions and wage increases along with less education as part of dropping out of the workplace or working fewer hours to care for a parent. This could result in a substantial loss of savings for their own retirement.

Most aging parents don't want to feel as if they're a burden on their children. But while caregivers deserve respect for their compassion and willingness to help provide elder care, how do they handle careers, children and care giving without completely wearing themselves out? Here are some tips on coping:

Look for community service organizations that offer help. A good place to start your search is at This government website is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. Simply enter your zip code or city, choose a topic, and a list of resources pops up.

Give yourself a break by hiring outside services. If you prefer to provide most of the care for your parent, rely on outside services to handle some of the tasks. By spreading out the work a bit, you'll give yourself a much-needed break so you stay healthy and can continue helping your parent. Consider hiring services for house cleaning, yard work, laundry, grocery shopping, running errands and organizing.

Ask for help from family members. Don't be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. Ask a family member to come over and visit, read a book, teach your parent how to use a computer, help set up a cell phone, or take a walk around the block. Be specific about what you need. Encourage people who want to help, but can't, to provide a gift of services.

Consult with an elder care or senior care consultant. These consultants have seen the situation many times over while it might be a first time event for you. They help you weed through the information and learn how to better handle long-term care planning, often saving you costly elder care attorney fees down the road. When you choose an elder care or senior care consultant, look for someone who has the financial and organizational skills necessary to handle your parent's worries, wishes and priorities. They should offer a customized solution while building a strong relationship with other family members, accountants, attorneys, financial planners and investment advisors.

Claudette PaƤge is a financial confidant and a senior care consultant for children with aging parents, seniors, busy professionals, individuals, families and retirees. She has made a career out of helping people wrest control over the challenges of everyday living. If you or a loved one needs elder care in NY, NJ or CT, Claudette can help. She has an experienced Care Manager on staff who arranges for services and makes recommendations to help your parent live with dignity and grace. Please call 914-725-0343 with senior care or home health care related questions, or if you need assistance for a loved one in the greater New York metropolitan area. Please visit her highly informative website for more tips and articles...

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For more information, you might enjoy reading my book, More Than Meets the Eye True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife. Purchase paperback on It's also on Amazon as an e-book for those who have Kindle or Sony Readers. The audio book is now available!
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