Loss, Bereavement and Robin Williams

I have been a Robin Williams fan since he appeared on television as the funny alien in Mork and Mindy, “Na Nu, Na Nu.” As the years went on, I came to see that there was a deep and sensitive side to Robin, because it came through his work and yet I, like many of you, was unaware of the depth of his suffering.

I began exploring the spirit realm when I was 20, and an amazing spiritual healing experience with the late British spiritual healer Harry Edwards, woke me up to the presence of an invisible realm. From that time on I wanted to know more about where I, and everyone else for that matter, would one day go. We all know that death isn’t optional and it’s only a matter of time before each of us will make the crossing, however, people know more about taking a trip to Paris!

What I have learned, and much of this information comes through channeled sources, in other words, straight from the horses’ mouths, is very comforting. There is no hell or purgatory as we think of it in earthly terms. What is found there is the support and comfort that allow each of us to review our past lives and honestly access both our accomplishments and failures. No one judges you, but yourself and no one doles out punishments, but yourself. On the contrary, there is unconditional love and support from others.

This perspective has been confirmed through millions of near death experiences (NDE’s) that have been recorded and written. I would recommend “Life After Life” by Raymond Moody to get a glimpse of the commonality of these experiences and “Proof of Heaven—A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife,” by Eben Alexander MD, to read about one extraordinary NDE.

It is believed that Robin chose to end his life. I do not believe that this is a sin, nor do I believe that he is in purgatory because of this decision. The only sin, as I see it, is that we have so many people in so much pain and we don’t seem to know how to help them!

My own son died at age 22 from an overdose and although he did not make a conscious decision to end his life, he was reckless and he knew it and he didn’t care because he was ambivalent to life on earth. Unfortunately, much of his life experience was painful for him. Why? This is what I ask myself. Why is life on earth so hard for so many people? What is it that makes us feel that we are not enough just as we are?

These are the questions that I believe each person must personally address. As for Robin, I believe he is amongst loved ones and that he is safe, that he will rest, heal and make his peace, while keeping an eye on those he left behind. It’s those left behind who suffer the deep wounds of grieving.

In my experience there is only one way to find solace for the loss of someone in the flesh, and that is to find them in the spirit. Each of us is spirit now, presently focused in a physical body. When we die that spirit leaves the body. It is not annihilated or erased from the universe! On the contrary, it is simply what it was, free of the body. I have no doubts that Robin, just like my son Danny, will make his presence known to his loved ones in countless ways. I have written about some of these experiences in my book “Lost and Found — A Mother Connects-Up With Her Son In Spirit.” Once you realize how close spirit is and that death have to doesn’t mean good-bye, you are able to breathe easier.

I know that Robin Williams will continue to inspire me, as he will many of you. May his death serve as a doorway for us to learn more about what lies ahead for each of us. With knowledge comes understanding and with understanding there can be some kind of peace, even in the midst of loss.

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Sheri Perl is a spiritual healer and counselor, author, teacher, and interfaith minister. She became involved in spiritualism in a desperate attempt to save her life. At age sixteen, Sheri was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. After years of medical treatment, she was fighting for her life on the operating table. While recovering from surgery, a second illness contracted through blood transfusions was declared fatal. At this time Sheri contacted British spiritual healer, Harry Edwards, “purely out of desperation.” To her amazement, the healing stopped her illness in its tracks, and returned her liver functions to normal. As a result of this experience, Sheri opened the doors to spiritual exploration. She has studied with many great mediums and healers, eventually earning her doctorate in Therapeutic Counseling from the Open International University, Institute for Alternative Medicine. Her book, “Healing From the Inside Out” chronicles her experience with illness and spiritual healing and shares what she has learned along the way. In 2008, her 22-year-old son Daniel died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs. Needless-to-say, Sheri suffers greatly from this loss; however, what helps her is the knowledge that Daniel is safe in the spirit world and “connecting up” with him through thought, feelings, dreams, signs and reputable mediums. Sheri is currently working on a new book to share her perspective with others who are mourning. She recently created the PRAYER REGISTRY for parents who wish to join with others to send group prayers out to their child on the anniversary day of their passing. You can read more about Sheri and the Prayer Registry at her website, www.sheriperl.com or visit her own blog, “Loss, Bereavement and Connecting Up” at www.sheriperlmigdol.wordpress.com

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