If there is an afterlife, who are you most looking forward to seeing again? Is it a friend or relative? What would be the first thing that you'd say to them?

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I know only what the pastor at my Baptist church told me when I asked... "One's admittance into heaven is based completely on one's faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift, which must be received, or else one is lost. If a believer were to commit suicide in a moment of extreme weakness, their salvation would not become forfeit.”
I believe this also. I know my son is in Heaven...I'm just having a hard time without him here. As time goes by, it gets harder for me without him. I have a broken heart that is not healing with time. Time does not heal all. I know I will see Aaron again, it's just really hard right now. I thank God for the strength to get through every day without my son. I miss him and love him so much.
Linda and John...I am so very sorry for the losses of your children... I found this page a few months ago when I was seeking desperately seeking comfort from the pain of the loss of my fiancee who died suddenly from a massive heart attack in January 5th. For the first time in my 60 years, I found myself going through the kind of "punch-you-in-the-stomach" grief that turns life as you knew it upside down, stays forefront in your mind every waking minute of every day and hits so hard and hurts so bad that sometimes that you feel like you just can't stand it and don't know how you can go on living feeling so full of pain. And this was in grieving who had lived a full life, a good life, was happy, had no regrets and who knew it would happen one day and had lived in a way where he made sure there was nothing left unsaid...my point being that I can't even imagine what you must be going through and my heart goes out to you...as do my prayers... For me, my salvation turned out to be by learning about, seeking and then having faith in Jesus and in God's word that's lead me to believe that I will see my Bobby again. So now, what I try to keep in the forefront of my mind is that this life on earth is just a blink of the eye and we live it in preparation for the eternal life that awaits us which we will indeed share with those who are now with the Lord. I was always spiritual but rejected all religion...until I saw how well Bobby's family was able to deal with his passing and thought about how Bobby himself loved and believed in "his Lord" more than anything, so I decided to put all the time and energy I used to put into centering my world around Bobby to learn about his faith, and with the input of Pastor, Bible classes and also videos including Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ and The Case for the Creator, I came to believe the Bible and that its message is undeniable... I still miss him terribly, and finally had to tuck away a few of the many pictures I had placed around the house that were seeming to make me feel worse instead of better, as they had done when he first passed, because they were constant reminders of the pain I desperately relief from, as I still have to hold down a job and can't be upset all the time, and it seems that it has helped alot. I've shared this all only incase there is anything in what I've said that can help you in any way. I pray for you both that God continues to give you strength and that He brings the kind of comfort and peace that I think only He can bring us...I sure know I couldn't have done it by myself.
Hugs,
Lori
Hello everyone who may visit here.  I am very sorry for your losses.  I wanted to say that my dear sweet husband John, who passed away August 31st this year.  He had been sick with various things and then the cancer.  When he found out he began studying the bible with a friend at work.  They worked through everything until my husband said "I am at peace with this".  In the last 3 days of his life he told my daughters and I that he was in a big cathedral and that it was beautiful and there was nothing but love there:). We all got such comfort from this.  John promised he would "love us from wherever he was" and this continues to provide strength to us.  I have done a lot of reading and I truly believe that our loved ones are still in our lives just not in the physical way.  Take a look at some of MIchael Newton's books, Journey of the Souls is one and Dr. Brian Weiss is another.  I also know that there is the joyous reunion of loved ones in Heaven, my husband promised me and is a man of his word!


Lauren McCabe said:
Linda and John...I am so very sorry for the losses of your children... I found this page a few months ago when I was seeking desperately seeking comfort from the pain of the loss of my fiancee who died suddenly from a massive heart attack in January 5th. For the first time in my 60 years, I found myself going through the kind of "punch-you-in-the-stomach" grief that turns life as you knew it upside down, stays forefront in your mind every waking minute of every day and hits so hard and hurts so bad that sometimes that you feel like you just can't stand it and don't know how you can go on living feeling so full of pain. And this was in grieving who had lived a full life, a good life, was happy, had no regrets and who knew it would happen one day and had lived in a way where he made sure there was nothing left unsaid...my point being that I can't even imagine what you must be going through and my heart goes out to you...as do my prayers... For me, my salvation turned out to be by learning about, seeking and then having faith in Jesus and in God's word that's lead me to believe that I will see my Bobby again. So now, what I try to keep in the forefront of my mind is that this life on earth is just a blink of the eye and we live it in preparation for the eternal life that awaits us which we will indeed share with those who are now with the Lord. I was always spiritual but rejected all religion...until I saw how well Bobby's family was able to deal with his passing and thought about how Bobby himself loved and believed in "his Lord" more than anything, so I decided to put all the time and energy I used to put into centering my world around Bobby to learn about his faith, and with the input of Pastor, Bible classes and also videos including Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ and The Case for the Creator, I came to believe the Bible and that its message is undeniable... I still miss him terribly, and finally had to tuck away a few of the many pictures I had placed around the house that were seeming to make me feel worse instead of better, as they had done when he first passed, because they were constant reminders of the pain I desperately relief from, as I still have to hold down a job and can't be upset all the time, and it seems that it has helped alot. I've shared this all only incase there is anything in what I've said that can help you in any way. I pray for you both that God continues to give you strength and that He brings the kind of comfort and peace that I think only He can bring us...I sure know I couldn't have done it by myself. Hugs, Lori
Lauren, you are so right. I am happy for you that you have found Jesus Christ. MyTom "passed over" 5/22/08 and I too am 60. I have never expereinced such pain. It is also true that we have to figure out a way to handle it and go on. We are forever changed however. I miss him every day and it seems he never totally leaves my thoughts but I am turning it all over to Christ and I am in his hands. I could not have survived this without my faith in Christ.
To those that are quoting old testament. The Bible also says, "out of body, into God's hands". I don't believe my husband is sleeping. I believe he is in heaven and the only thing that has changed is that his BODY is dead. He is very much alive. He is not sleeping, or waitiing or anything mentioned. He is alive and with Jesus. I will see him again when I cross over and he will never be forgotten.
Friends read the new testament. It is the living word of God and it tells you clearly where your loved ones are and what will happen. The only way is to accept Jesus and the truth.
Tom and I had a dear friend that committed suicide. He was a Christian and had a wonderful family and lived a wonderful life from all appearances. Who knows what happened but I don't believe he lost eternal life because of that terrible decision. Thanks to Christ and "grace", we are forgiven for all things. The only thing the Bible says is unforgivable is to deny Christ. This is why he said on the cross, "it is fininished". He paid the price for us.
This is so hard but we will see them again when we pass over. Suep
Our loved ones who " die " only our physical body dies which turns to dust, which is only an instrument that our real self, " spirit " uses while we are here on earth to learn how to grow spiritually, as a person, ( to learn how to love one another ) and when our purpose here on earth is complete, we cross over to heaven, our real home, with our memory intact and more alive in heaven then we ever were on earth. Our son Billy crossed over on June 26 2004, and we have received many signs from Billy, one of those ways are through photographs, of which my favorite are the heart shaped images of the moon, all signs from Billy sending us his love and letting us know that he is OK. We have a website www.oursonbilly.com which everyone may visit read our story and view a few pages of the amazing signs that we have been able to receive.

Love is everything and nothing else matters
Guy
www.oursonbilly.com
Lauren McCabe said:
Linda and John...I am so very sorry for the losses of your children... I found this page a few months ago when I was seeking desperately seeking comfort from the pain of the loss of my fiancee who died suddenly from a massive heart attack in January 5th. For the first time in my 60 years, I found myself going through the kind of "punch-you-in-the-stomach" grief that turns life as you knew it upside down, stays forefront in your mind every waking minute of every day and hits so hard and hurts so bad that sometimes that you feel like you just can't stand it and don't know how you can go on living feeling so full of pain. And this was in grieving who had lived a full life, a good life, was happy, had no regrets and who knew it would happen one day and had lived in a way where he made sure there was nothing left unsaid...my point being that I can't even imagine what you must be going through and my heart goes out to you...as do my prayers... For me, my salvation turned out to be by learning about, seeking and then having faith in Jesus and in God's word that's lead me to believe that I will see my Bobby again. So now, what I try to keep in the forefront of my mind is that this life on earth is just a blink of the eye and we live it in preparation for the eternal life that awaits us which we will indeed share with those who are now with the Lord. I was always spiritual but rejected all religion...until I saw how well Bobby's family was able to deal with his passing and thought about how Bobby himself loved and believed in "his Lord" more than anything, so I decided to put all the time and energy I used to put into centering my world around Bobby to learn about his faith, and with the input of Pastor, Bible classes and also videos including Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ and The Case for the Creator, I came to believe the Bible and that its message is undeniable... I still miss him terribly, and finally had to tuck away a few of the many pictures I had placed around the house that were seeming to make me feel worse instead of better, as they had done when he first passed, because they were constant reminders of the pain I desperately relief from, as I still have to hold down a job and can't be upset all the time, and it seems that it has helped alot. I've shared this all only incase there is anything in what I've said that can help you in any way. I pray for you both that God continues to give you strength and that He brings the kind of comfort and peace that I think only He can bring us...I sure know I couldn't have done it by myself.
Hugs,
Lori
Im not certain what I believe any more. I lost my Mom December 10 2008 and it seems that my life just stopped that day. I am lost.
Hi Brenda, my name is Crystal I am sorry for your loss . My brother committed suicide January 27,2012. I too feel lost I have questions with no answers I struggle with faith , I want to believe he is in a better place. I loved my brother very much. I hurt everyday. I want so much to hear his voice again his laugh, and give him a hug. I question if one day I will really see him again. I hope that you sorround yourself with caring and understanding people, it is healing for you to talk about what you feel, I can't say the pain goes away but it helps to understand all the emotions we are feeling.

brenda vanvickle said:
Im not certain what I believe any more. I lost my Mom December 10 2008 and it seems that my life just stopped that day. I am lost.
Yes it would be my son Donald Junior, He was 5 when he passed.
I would say to him, and when Jehovah , throught his son christ jesus calls his name to come out like John 5:28,29 says, i would be running with joy!!! and happiness!!! to greet him!!!, and to know on the earth at this time of greeting him" there will be no more pain and sorrow, no more tears, no more death, no more mourning,no more out crying because the former things would have passed away". like Jehovah promises, at Revelation 21:4 "and there will be no more wickedness,only the meek ones will posses the earth, and they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace" that means no more wicked people to come back to, yes under these conditions that Jehovah has promised, i will say to my son, i am so very very happy to see you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise Jehovah through his son christ Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a wonderful blessing and promise!!!
i would like to make this reply to my best friend, Gail who just lost her husband Joe in death, who was a beautiful person inside,who i always shared intellengent conversations with, a loving, meek, and warm person,and Gail you are a wonderful person who have all ways been there for me and others, we have cried at times together, shared a lot of life stories,you love and care about people, you and Joe both, you and Joe were perfect for each other,
i share my heart with you today, i love you like a sister i never had,
the question above is a interesting thought, how do you feel about it?
just ponder God's word the bible on the scriptures, to help you through your trying time, Psalms 37: 9-11,29 : John 11:25-27 : Acts 24:15:
John 5: 28-30 :Revelation 21:4 : James 4:8 : 1 Peter 5:7-7: Matthew 11: 28-29: lean upon Jehovah, because he assures us of this promised in Isaiah 41:13 you heart wil be comforted, and don't forget that jehovah has not forgot Joe,he is in God's memory. remember the scripture in John, there will be a resurrection, and like the question above says, until you and Joe meet again which will be on a new paradise earth when his name is called, what would be the first thing you say? love you Gail i will always keep you and Joe in my prayers forever.
Linda A, you answered the question with John 3:16. No, your loved ones are not DEAD. Their body is dead, their soul and spirit live on and we will be with them again some day and they will be given a new body. The old shell(body) is dust and returned to the earth.
It is impossible for me to undertand why people still hang on to the old testaments quotes because Jesus came to redeem us and we will no longer die. You must accept the gift of Christ however. Period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!suep

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