Do We See Our Deceased Loved Ones Before We Die? And What Comes Next?


“People think it’s just confusion or the drugs,” explains Maggie Callanan. As a hospice nurse for more than 27 years, she has helped more than 2,000 dying men and women in their last days. “But frankly, the confusion is ours. The patient knows what is going on.”

Hospice workers often speak of dying people seeing their loved ones just before they die. This helps to ease fear and anxiety, preparing the dying for their coming transition from human back to spirit. They are getting ready to go home. Our deceased loved ones also greet us after we cross over.  There is no special protocol to this; it could be one person with others soon following, or it could be a few people doing the greeting.

There is a wonderful example of what it is like to be met by your loved one just before you cross over in They Serve Bagels in Heaven. In it, Saul describes some of the past lifetimes we have shared as husband and wife. One of those lifetimes took place in Italy in the early 1500’s, when Saul’s name was Luigi and mine was Maria. Here’s how Saul described my death that time around:

“As she lay in her bed, looking out the window, she saw me coming across the field with one of my scythes. It was a gorgeous spring day, and as Maria reached for me her soul lifted right out of her body. I took her in my arms, then carried her across the fields and home. “

When Saul crossed over this time, his mother, who died when he was sixteen, was waiting for him with open arms:

“I saw that famous white light and was carried toward it positively bathed in love. I surfaced as if from the bottom of a well into the light of heaven. The first thing I saw there was the warm, almost desperately happy, and unbelievably welcoming face of my mother, Belle…..”

After we arrive home in heaven, we review our behaviors and choices and how they affected others. This is called the Life Review. Saul’s description of his Life Review, as well as his depiction of what heaven is actually like, heavenly healing, and what heaven does about those who have done evil acts, is informative and fascinating.

Also by the way, I’ve learned that there is no need for concern should you not want someone who was unkind to you or abusive to you greeting when you make your transition. That person will have to wait for your permission to approach you!  


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Irene Weinberg
Irene Weinberg, the creator, and host of the podcast Grief and Rebirth: Finding the Joy in Life and has a large following stemming from her experiences in both spiritual and healing genres. She created Grief and Rebirth to illumine the amazing insights and wisdom gleaned from speaking with grief and trauma specialists, gifted mediums who bring us comfort and validation when they communicate with our deceased loved ones, talented healers who help heal our myriad issues in countless ways and incredible people who have learned how to thrive in spite of daunting challenges, inspiring each of us to also be all that we can be. Some of her guests have included Internationally famous mediums Thomas John, Suzane Northrop, and Lee VanZyl, Broadway singer, actor, writer Frankie Keane, Energy Healer Judy Becker, Past Life Expert Nancy Canning, and many more. Irene is also the author of the 5-star reviewed book They Serve Bagels In Heaven, a compelling, spiritual love story that begins with the profound spiritual awakening Irene experienced when her husband Saul died next to her in a tragic car accident. Irene is a highly sought-after public speaker whose spirited lectures have inspired and motivated audiences at conferences and spiritual get-togethers, as well as bookstores nationwide.

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