of Hope: Ghosts as proof of a post death existence.
By Richard Senate
What is the greatest question of them all?
It can only be the one that has haunted mankind
from the days of our earliest cave dwellers.
Do we survive the transition called death? Does
a fragment of our essence survive in a new form?
For me the question is settled. There is a
post death experience. I do not know what form
it will take or what it will look like but I
am convinced that it is so. I do not base this
upon some religious belief but upon years of
research in the study of ghosts and the paranormal.
I believe that ghosts offer the best proof that
post death survival exists. Too many people
have seen too many things for just too many
Scientific evidence is lacking but the antidotal
evidence is overwhelming. The number of people
who have seen loved ones at funerals is amazing.
Some may well be wishful thinking, stimulated
by grief but the number of them is impressive.
Widows report seeing their dead husbands in
compelling numbers. One poll listed this phenomena
as somewhere in the neighborhood of 80%.
Perhaps the most compelling evidence are cases
of crisis apparitions when a person sees a loved
one and gets a message only to discover that
very time, thousands of miles away, their loved
one made the transition called death. The number
of such events is staggering. Many are linked
to accidents and wars. My files are filled with
cases and this is true of many who investigate
ghosts and the paranormal.
One typical case was that of a bank manager
in Thousand Oaks, California. She is from New
Jersey originally. He brother never amounted
to much, choosing to live a carefree life based
around drinking, drugs and motorcycles. He was
a natural mechanic and could always find work,
when he wanted it.
One night his sister in California woke up
at one a.m. and saw a blue light in the hallway
of her condo. She watched as it grew brighter
then, it became a floating ball of light blue
light. Strangely enough, she wasn’t frightened.
She watched as it glided into her bedroom up
to the bed. Then, from the ball, came the un-mistakable
voice of her brother. “I just came to
let you know I’m all right,” he
said, “I’m Ok, everything is the
way it should be.” Then the ball floated
out of the room and back down the hall. She
went back to sleep convinced it was some sort
of strange dream.
Early the next morning the phone rang. It was
her mother in New Jersey calling to tell her
that her brother was dead. He had been killed
when a van forced him off the road the night
She was devastated by the news. She took leave
from her job and flew back home for the funeral.
After the graveside service, that was attended
by nearly a hundred of his biker buddies, they
went back to the family home. Her sister was
there. She lives in New York where she works
for a large investing company. She said as they
mourned their loss. “The night Jimmy died
I had this strange dream—there was this
glowing blue ball…” She had seen
the exact same thing! Later, when they checked
what was left of Jimmy’s Harley they saw
the once beautiful custom bike was painted a
The story is typical of many. The most compelling
part is the message the man gave, it similar
to many messages given out by phantoms. They
say that everything is OK, they are, in fact,
all right. They tell their loved ones that everything
is as it should be.
To me this story confirms the basic truth,
that there is a life beyond this existence.
I like to think that the early Nineteenth Century
Spiritualists were right. They said that there
were seven heavens. Our role on this earth plane
was to discover, learn and grow. If we didn’t
learn our lessons, there is another existence
to perfect our souls. They called this place
“Summerland” and here one must work,
live, make friends and evolve into a better
person. No harps or wings in this afterlife,
only new ways to expand and perfect one’s
self. The Spiritualists also believed that some
souls could return to the earth and help people.
They were the guides and spirit helpers found
in every culture.
Perhaps one personal event convinced me of
life after death. My aunt Cora was a tall woman.
She was a deeply devout Roman Catholic. I don’t
believe there was another, this side of the
clergy, who had the faith she carried. But,
in her seventies she visited a nephew and his
large dog jumped up and knocked her down, She
broke her hip, then suffered a stroke. She was
bedridden for almost two years before, wasting
away, she passed mercifully out of this existence.
One thing she always did was buy a new car each
year. She was a private accountant who knew
every trick in the book to save her clients
money. She was much in demand and earned a good
salary before the accident.
My sister, Peggy, took care of her those last
months. She left what money, not much after
the doctors and hospitals were done, as well
as the car, then three years old, to my sister.
She told her that when she died, she would come
back and give her a sign that she was all right
and that there really was a life after death.
The funeral was a sparse affair. Even the young
priest who conducted the Mass didn’t know
her. It was a sad day when she was taken from
the church she had attended for decades to the
Culver City Cemetery. We formed the long procession
with the white hearse in front, my sister next,
driving Aunt Cora’s car. As they turned
into the cemetery, the horn on Cora’s
car went off and didn’t stop. It just
kept blasting away. We had to stop the car,
open the hood and disconnect the horn. I asked
why my sister used the horn, there was no one
coming. “I didn’t touch it,”
she said. “It just went off by itself.”
We knew then that my aunt had given us a sign
and that she was, in some way, with us still.
My research has given me a new confidence that
this sorry world isn’t the last stop.
The grave isn’t the end, only a door to
an ever greater adventure.
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and where you can spot a ghost! Richard Senate's
Top Thirteen Haunted Places in Southern California
and where you can spot a ghost.
About Richard Senate
Richard Senate is one of the top ghost investigators
of our generation. He is an "Historian
And Ghost Stalker" author of several prominent
books on ghosts and paranormal phenomenon, and
has appeared on just about every paranormal
television and radio show there is.
California-based author and lecturer. 59 years
of age--old enough to know better.
His official web site at www.ghost-stalker.com
. Author of Ghost Stalker's Guide To Haunted
California (Mass Market Paperback) by Richard
Senate (Author), Jane E. Gilbert (Editor, Photographer),
John Whyman (Author)
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