Thoughts On Life After Death

Screen shot 2015-10-30 at 8.10.41 AMPart of life is facing the inevitability of death. How we envision what happens after our final breath depends on many factors including where we grew up, our religion, and our personal experiences.

A recent CBS news poll shows that only 46 percent of the Americans spend time thinking about life after death, and only 31 percent said they spend a lot of time thinking about the subject. No matter how often we think about life after death, our beliefs still affect the way we live our everyday lives.

Cam Shaffer says “Because of the way I was brought up in a Christian home, I was taught to believe people either go to heaven or hell.”

A teacher, Heather Robinson says she is very religious which affects her outlook on life/afterlife. Robinson believes that after the body dies, the soul can be reincarnated.

“God accepts all”. Robinson said, “Religion has impacted my spiritual life quite a bit. I have gone through phases in my life when I truly wonder about God and whether he/she exists.  Usually, those phases are in times of turmoil, when it’s difficult to justify the existence of an omnipotent being in light of whatever crisis or catastrophe is going on. I tend to get through those dark moments with a lot of prayers, however, as I’ve grown older I’m not really sure to whom I am praying, but I do believe that there is a higher power who wears the pants and holds the reins. Life as a Muggle, after all, can’t be all there is…I sure hope not!”

Senior Aubrey Gillis, who grew up in a Catholic home said “I don’t know if I identify as Catholic, but that’s what I was taught. I think that when a person dies their body and soul go mute until it is decided whether they go to heaven or hell. I think as long as you’re a good person, you won’t see Satan.”

Graduate Graciela Raggiani said, “I believe that our souls are eternal. What we are all experiencing right now is just the human experience. After death I believe our souls go on to our next journey, our next soul adventure. I was brought up in a family that was strictly Christian, after I developed my own beliefs I realized that you don’t have to put a label on what you believe in. I believe there is a god, a higher power, guiding our souls everyday. I also believe that after we die God places our souls into the next experience, whatever that may be. Our souls are eternal, they live on forever.”

A sophomore, who would rather be unnamed, is a practicing Muslim and has a belief very different to the others I interviewed. He said, “when a person dies, their body and soul lay in the ground when they are buried. While in the ground you are waiting, waiting to be judged. Once judgement day comes, the Earth will speak to you. If you feel it then you have lived your life good and have been judged well, if you do not feel it you haven’t lived your life good and are judged harshly.” This student practices his religion daily, which requires reading from the Quran (equivalent to Bible for Muslim religion) daily along with praying 5 times a day. He cannot eat certain foods because of his religion, but believes that doing all of this will guarantee him good judgement when the day comes.

Brandon Bodnar has a very interesting view on life after death. He said his “religion” is really more of an “experience”. He said, “I believe on God, and specifically angels who are people that have been on Earth. When people “die”, they never truly die. They may not be in this existence anymore but they go on in other existences until they learn their lesson.” Bodnar believes that we all have a purpose, something we have to do or learn or go through, and until we accomplish that in one of our many existences, we will keep returning to Earth.

According to a study conducted by doctors in the UK,  almost 40% of cardiac patients felt some sort awareness for a period of time after they were declared clinically dead. There was one patient in this study who went into cardiac arrest, and his body gave out completely and he was declared dead. After being clinically dead for 4 minutes, the man came back to life. When he came back the doctors asked him if he felt or remembered anything from the experience, and he response was shocking. The man said when he died, his spirit moved to the corner of the room they were in, and he watched them try to bring him back to life. He accurately described what the doctors did and said throughout the 4 minutes that he was “dead”.

A chilled snowy day still leads to a warm summer night. The Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco, Maine shows the sharp contrast of the seasons of life and death and is pictured here.

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