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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Atria Books/Beyond Words (1. Oktober 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1582704619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582704616
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,3 x 21,3 cm
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"Dr. Elisa Medhus offers a heartfelt, deeply moving story that invites readers to question their own beliefs of love, loss, and the afterlife." (Eben Alexander, MD author of the NY Times bestseller Proof of Heaven)

“Elisa’s journey has been amazing and she is well-qualified to share her knowledge with both the medical community and the grief community. She has the credentials to bridge the gap that often exists between these two groups, and by doing so, she is breaking new ground and leading the way for many of us working in the field of bereavement, hospice care, and consciousness.” (Terri Daniel, author, educator, end-of-life advisor, interfaith chaplaincy, and founder/director of the Afterlife Education Foundation and the Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference)

My Son and the Afterlife contains the clearest, most informative answers to questions about what happens after a person passes into the afterlife that I have read in one book. The topics explored a range from very human, personal issues such as who greets the person after their passing to insightful descriptions of the nature of consciousness and reality.” (R. Craig Hogan, PhD, author of Your Eternal Self)

“Erik's messages are poignant, profound, informative, and entertaining, and above all give us that assurance that we all long for—that there is life beyond death, and that all is well there. Erik’s words help our minds to understand, but most of all he helps our hearts to heal and our joy to soar. Thank you, Erik." (Christine Elder, author of Broken Blessings)

My Son and the Afterlife by Elisa Medhus, MD is a book that will tug at your heart strings, make you laugh, cry, and more importantly, consider possibilities that you had probably never thought about before. This book, a record of the author’s conversations with her recently deceased son, Erik, is as real, authentic, and straightforward as it gets. Dr. Medhus and her son Erik, are both in a state of flux struggling to make sense of new perspectives that were thrust upon them as a result of Erik’s suicide. Both are determined to fully explore and share their newfound awareness as they provide much needed healing for each other, find new meaning and significance in the love that binds them, and invite you to come along on their poignant journey to the other side of death.” (Thomas Campbell, physicist and author of My Big TOE (Theory of Everything))

“Raised by atheist parents, Elisa Medhus, MD. believed only in a material reality—until her mind was jarred open by the excruciating loss of her son, Erik. Following his death she began to receive anomalous communications matching with Erik’s distinctive personality. Always direct and sometimes crude, the insightful messages forever changed Elisa’s worldview. I was touched by the continuing dialog between mother and son, finding it both comforting and enlightening. Don’t be surprised if Elisa’s story alters your ideas about the nature of reality too.” (Mark Ireland, author of Soul Shift)

“The hide-bound reductionist materialism of 19th and early 20th century science is crumbling under new discoveries and their relevance to what sensitive people through the ages have known all along. Dr. Medhus meticulously guides us through her own epiphany as she, a medical doctor, an exploring mind, and suddenly a re-focused mother finds the intensely personal strength to understand her son's suicide and its larger meaning in the nature of which we are all part, and the courageous professional strength to bring her realizations to us. While this book is obviously an invaluable resource for theologians and physicists, and ethicists and counselors, it is truly a touchstone for all of us who feel and who seek to understand the transcendental nature of the human condition.” (Marco M. Pardi, MA, DPS, anthropologist and thanatologist)

“Dr. Elisa Medhus has approached her conversations with her son Erik in a courageous and systematic way, using all the analytical skills of a trained scientist. She asks Erik the hard questions that any parent who has lost a child would want answers to, and more. Erik answers all these questions with his own characteristic laid-back directness in a no-nonsense way that brings our understanding of the afterlife into the twenty-first century. This is a remarkable book written by remarkable people, which will bring hope and comfort to the bereaved and change many lives for the better.” (Dr. Victor Zammit, author of A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife)

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Elisa Medhus, MD, is a physician and mother of five who has practiced internal medicine for over thirty years. She is the author of three award-winning parenting books, including Raising Children Who Think for Themselves and Hearing Is Believing, and has lectured on parenting for schools, parent groups, and corporations. After the death of her twenty-year-old son Erik, Dr. Medhus began journaling her grief in her blog and wrote the successful book My Son and the Afterlife. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Stella Carrier am 21. Februar 2014
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First off, I acknowledge that the author was brave for sharing her spirit communications with her son and her journey from hardcore skeptic/atheist to having her spiritual beliefs shifted. I wish her all the joy that this world has to offer and would guess that this book is going to continue to attract at least millions of other dedicated followers. I am also aware that at least one family member, friend, and/or fan of her work is going to downvote this review, but I must make my case on why the two stars through some of the pros and cons of My Son And The Afterlife by Elisa Medhus M.D:
Pros: Medhus’s great love for her family and son shines through the book. Her writings convince me that one of the reasons why she was and still is extremely close to him may stem from additional past lives that they had together which were mostly positive. Obviously, I do not condone abuse in any form, but sadly, I feel that other children and teenagers who have much more abusive parents and/or family members (and/or made to feel like the family’s black sheep) may be resolving heavy karma from past lifetimes that may or may not be resolved between them and the offenders during current lifetimes. What this has to do with the author’s story is that many of the positives she describes in her son and family highlight the closeness and great love that is most likely in their family from most likely positive family elements from past lives and current lifetime. It is obvious that very little heavy karma in the way of family relationships closeness is a problem with her or any of her other kids.
2nd pro: She persuasively makes a point on why she feels that she is now communicating with her son despite her being a former atheist.
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Absolutely astounding! Great book for believers and non-believers alike! 4. Oktober 2013
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Full disclosure: I am the author's daughter.

Elisa Medhus is a physician and mother of 5, who tragically lost her son to bipolar disorder/suicide in 2009. I found this book really, really interesting because she comes from a scientific background and atheist parents, and chronicles her journey to discovering spirituality and the afterlife (or "heaven", whatever you prefer to call it) in a very realistic, approachable way. She began communicating with her son via mediums, and decided to chronicle those experiences on a blog, which she called simply Channeling Erik. I found Erik's voice (through the psychic) extremely amusing, with colorful language (unedited, a feature I appreciated, and very true to how he was in real life) and together I feel they truly take on the heavy subjects (life after death, the meaning of life, God, reincarnation, etc) with a refreshingly down to earth approach. Very believable, and truly makes you wonder. 5 star read. Highly recommend!
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New material 6. Oktober 2013
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I am reading Dr. Medhus' book about her son Erik. I have been following the blog for quite some time now. It always has such interesting information for those searching to know more about life after we make our transition out of this reality. The book is presenting more information than has been delivered in the blogs. I feel this book will help those in grief because of the loss of loved ones. I love the stories and the relevancy to my life.
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The answers are here 7. Oktober 2013
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I began following Elisa's blog a year ago, after losing my own son in a car accident. There, I found my answers to questions like: Why my son? Why was he taken so young? Is he OK? It helped me deal with my grief, and move forward in realizing my own life purpose. This book takes important information from the blog and distills it down to the pure essence, in a well-thought-out and logical manner.

Erik, Jamie and Elisa make a potent team. Erik has the gift of explaining complex topics in a clear (and irreverent) way that I can understand and relate to. Jamie is a pure and joy-filled channel that allows Erik's words to flow unhindered and unfiltered. And Elisa brings her probing questions, logic, and deep mothers love.

If you have ever wondered about what happens after death, buy this book. The universe is SO much bigger than we ever imagined.
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Athiest Heaven? 17. Mai 2014
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First let me say, in November 2007 my 26 year old Son lost his life at the hands of a 17 year old killer. So, I am always interested in books that give a look at what is called the "Afterlife". My wife saw this book on the Goodreads web site and bought for me thinking it might provide hope and comfort.

One problem with reading a book on this topic, and then reviewing it, is the baggage we bring with us when we decide to read it. Most people have a set of beliefs that they hold or a religious bias that they bring with them when they read a book such as this. In general they are looking to validate the beliefs they already hold. In honesty I am no different in this respect. In that same vein a person who writes a book such as this they bring their beliefs and bias to the written page.

It appears to me that Dr. Medhus has brought her own beliefs into the writing of this book. Dr. Medhus openly admits that she and her siblings were raised in an Atheist household and I think it shows in the writing of this book.

What I find in this book is an aggrieved mother that is trying come to grips with the loss of her 20 year Son Erik, to suicide. With the loss of her Son she now has to come to grips with her Atheistic belief which is that there is no "Afterlife". In her desperation to overcome a lifetime of Atheistic beliefs she has sought out a way to create a "Heaven" based on science or secularism rather than the spiritualism taught be most religions. In fact the author seems to do everything she can in order to avoid mentioning the "God" that many religions teach. She talks of a source of energy or light, a scientific power. And yet, in order to reach her Son she reaches out to mediums and psychics, although she chooses to call these people Spiritual Guides or Interpreters. She deludes herself into believing these title give more scientific credence to the channeling of Erik.

We do learn that as Erik got older he developed Bi-polar disorder and also suffered with Tourette's Syndrome. As he got older Erik withdrew from family and friends and eventually took his own life.

We learn that through these guides Dr. Medhus is able to talk with her Son who has now become a higher evolved being. The author does warn us that Erik, who had a propensity to swear before his death continues to swear in the afterlife in part due to his Tourette's. In Tourette's syndrome the sufferer has emotional outbursts often of a profane nature, using profanity to express this emotion. Two points. One: In portraying her Son swearing she does not express the words in a way that a Tourette's sufferer would express them. Two: Her Son was now a higher evolved being. I have to ask why a higher evolved being would constantly have to resort to vulgar language. What I find here is a foul mouthed 20 year old that wasn't very evolved at all, and I might add that his Mother, the Author was not above some vulgarity of her own. She sure knows how to take God's name in vein.

She talks of learn about the light that most people with "Near Death Experiences" see. I find it interesting that the author reduces it to a scientific phenomenon. Her explanation is that it is the lack of oxygen that causes the light and not some spiritual manifestation. Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't a Dr. know that a lack of oxygen would destroy the optic nerve and cause blackness and not light?

Dr. Medhus talks quite often to her Son over the period of this book, asking many questions about what the "Afterlife" is like. We learn that spirits can create homes and pizza and big screen TVs, although I have to wonder why a higher spiritual being without a flesh and blood body would need these things. We learn that Erik has lived many lives and will live many more lives. That as we live progressive lives we overcome the problems we have had in the past. What horrible problems did Erik have in the past that led to suicide in this life?

She asks about human consciousness and states, "Erik dove into some of the into the science behind the nature of consciousness , which went a long way to smoothing the ruffled feathers of the scientist in me". Question: Why does the afterlife have to be based on ANY science? Just because the as a Dr. the author has a scientific background? Excuse me but "Heaven" doesn't need to have a scientific bases in order to exist.

One of the other problems that disturbs me is that as Dr. Medhus talks to her Son she constantly feeds him the answers or Jamie, one of the Spiritual Guides, states that Erik is quite often searching for answers. Does a self proclaimed higher spiritual being need to be fed answers or even need to struggle to find answers?

Also we learn that Erik the spirit can become absorbed into the "Spirit God". That we came literally become God if we choose.

A little side note. As I stood with my cousin, my clergy and a funeral home representative the man from the funeral home asked if we had a religious affiliation and a belief in an afterlife. When asking why he wanted to know he stated that in all the years he had been in the business the single group that had the greatest difficulty facing the finality of death were self proclaimed Atheists. When faced with a lifetime of belief many could not handle the fact that a loved one was now lost to them forever. Now they were hoping that this long held belief in no life after death was false.

What I find in this book is a Mother filled with guilt and a desperation that her long held beliefs or not true. So she turns to the only source that can help her and that is "Spiritual Guides" because "Mediums" are not "Scientific" enough. When her Son, or the guide? can't give her the answer she wants, she creates a scientific answer to her problem and even finds a way to keep "God" out of the equation.

As for the two "Spiritual Guides", I found them very disturbing. Especially Jamie. I found them both lacking in any credibility. And all the giggling was very troubling.

This book gave me no comfort at all, and I had to stop reading it for awhile. But I felt that I needed to finish it in order to give my honest opinion. Should everyone choose to not read this book? I will not suggest that to be the case as it has received many more positive reviews so far than 3,2 or 1 star reviews. I cannot tell a grieving parent what they should read in order to bring them comfort. If this book helps anyone then that is wonderful, it just didn't help me. I would only caution that a potential reader check out the book first, before spending $16 at a book store.
And to those of you that have attacked lower starred reviews, we have the right to our opinions and it doesn't stop you from reading and getting enjoyment out of this book, but it might help someone else from undo pain of reading a book that disturbs more than it helps.

Addendum: One thing I've now experienced with this review is the whole helpful, not helpful issue here on Amazon reviews. I've made an honest effort to review this book objectively based on my own experiences. I've been very open about that. My own son was murdered seven years ago and me and my wife struggle every day. This book brought me no comfort or feelings of hope. That is my experience. But I have found that some readers of this book are giving my review a not helpful rating, not because my review is or isn't helpful, but because they liked the book and want to express their negative feelings towards someone who didn't like the book. I've been very specific as to why this review earned a two star rating from me. This review will either make a person want to read the book or not read the book, that is called being helpful. Giving any review a "Not Helpful" vote simple because you liked the book and disagree with someone who doesn't like the book is an inappropriate use of this forum.
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Fantastic! 6. Oktober 2013
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As a person that has studied metaphysics for the last twenty or so years, I found this book to be the best account of life after death that I have ever read - and I've read a lot! I been around many people who experienced NDEs, been to numerous lectures, and I have given lectures and classes regarding life after death. I highly recommend everyone read this. It will enlighten you, make you laugh, you may even shed a tear or two as I did - it's a must read. My hats off to Eriks' mom. Thank you for bringing his story and yours to the world!
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