Ghosts and the Afterlife and my coming book

Let me begin by saying I'm a Christian and believe in Heaven.

Having said that, I'd like to talk a bit about ghosts and what happens to people when they die.

For Christians, I've heard that some have witnessed their dying loved ones speak about seeing someone close to them who has passed on previously, or even stating that they are seeing angels. I know when my son died, he had a smile on his face leaving me to believe that he was happy to see whoever was greeting him. I have always thought it was my dad who welcomed him into heaven. My dad dearly loved his grandchildren, and my son was the first to leave this earth.

But what about ghosts? Spirits who don't immediately leave this realm when they die?

My husband says when his mother died when he was only five, she came and told him goodbye. He also says when his cousin passed, she also stopped by to wish him farewell.

When my son-in-law was killed in a tragic accident several things happened making many of us believe his spirit hung around for awhile. First, during the wake, I stayed in his home babysitting his youngest child and the five-year-old daughter of a fellow deputy. The little girl came into the living room where I was sitting and said, "Marilyn, there's a great big man in L...s bedroom."

There was no way anyone could have gotten into the bedroom without me seeing him from where I sat--I knew it had to be my son-in-law.

When everyone came back to the house after the wake, my son-in-law's radio in the garage suddenly turned on very loudly to a country music station he always listened to. No one was in the garage. During next few days, all three of my daughter's children said their dad came into their room and kissed the. The same thing happened to my daughter.

That was the beginning of the idea for my book, Lingering Spirit. Though the story was created from real incidents, it grew into something far different from what really happened--or as I like to remind people, "I'm writing fiction."

So what about you? Do you have any ghostly experiences to tell?


P.S. Depending upon what time you're reading this, I'm traveling to or in the airport waiting for our flight to Omaha, flying to Omaha, arriving in Omaha, seeing people I haven't seen for a year. Eating a fabulous meal in one of the Old Marketplace's great restaurants.


Many many experience, Marilyn. I loved your post.
Vicki Rocho said…
Marilyn, this was fabulous! Yes, I could tell ghost stories all night.

The last house we lived in was haunted, but my whole family has had odd experiences. Way too many to be explained away.

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