by Mark Pitstick MA, DC
I dedicate this article to my mother Virginia who is slowly but surely losing her mind, dignity, and functioning – and wants to pass on before it gets worse.
In 2019, replicated scientific studies at the University of Arizona definitively demonstrated that life continues after bodily death.
You may want to reread that sentence several times, then breathe a big sigh of relief.
In addition to these and other scientific findings, much clinical and experiential (based on firsthand experiences) data make it clear that life continues after bodily death. What’s more, this collective evidence supports the following:
- You are an integral part of Source Energy right now – not just if you believe or act a certain way.
- You will see your beloved ‘departed’ ones – people and pets – when you pass on and can likely do so now.
- You are interconnected with all people, thus the wisdom of the Golden Rule.
- You have special talents to share in this space / time slice of eternity
There are other benefits that are supported by current evidence but are outside the scope of this article. To learn more, read Greater Reality Living by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz and me.
One is that we can now use more compassionate ways to allow people to have a good death. The end of the human body is not the end of the energy, soul, intelligence, memories, love, sense of humor, preferences, life force, and much more within.
Knowing this fact – again, based on much scientific, clinical, and experiential evidence – takes blinding fear out of the equation so people can die with better timing and more dignity – a good death. We can now address end-of-this-lifeissues with more wisdom, peace, and clarity. Please note that I didn’t say ‘end-of-life’ but, rather, ‘end-of-this-life.’ There is a huge difference.
Survival of consciousness evidence can now bring improved and more sensible end-of-this-life care into the 21st century.
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In 2018, our beloved cat Lila developed several chronic health problems. All the natural and orthodox treatments we tried were of no avail. She lost a lot of weight, vomited often, lost bladder control, etc. We knew, and our veterinarian agreed, that it was time for her to move on to that big cat playground in the sky. Unlimited petting, snacks, mouse toys, and – of course – plenty of cat nip. Ah, what a life!
Just before delivering the injection, the veterinarian said: “I hope I’m able to pass on in such a peaceful way when it’s my time.” That led to a discussion of why pets can enjoy a quick and peaceful death when they are very old and have irresolvable pain or loss of functioning. But humans have to suffer and lose dignity? Who decided that?
Here’s a horribly sad, but true, example that highlights the need for better end-of-this-life solutions. A December 30, 2019 New York Times front page story. It was entitled: ‘Happily Married for 60 Years. Then Alzheimers. And a Gun.’ Ohio couple Richard and Alma Shaver had been married for 60 years. They were always in love and had a great life together.
However, she developed Alzheimers after 55 wonderful years of marriage. Alma’s advanced dementia couldn’t be helped by doctors and was getting worse. At one point, she screamed at her husband of six decades: “I don’t know who you are, get away from me, don’t touch me!” Richard discovered that he had metastatic cancer and his COPD was getting worse. They didn’t want to be a burden to their children and didn’t want to end up in a nursing home.
So one day – after years of steady decline, medical bills, stress, and suffering – he shot his beloved sleeping wife. Then he lay down beside her and shot himself.
Can you imagine the mental and emotional pain he went through during that process?
The official report ruled it a murder-homicide. The news called it an act of domestic violence and example of gun abuse. I call it a sad day when societal, legal, medical, and religious support systems failed these two eighty year-olds.
In my opinion, three reasons why people often suffer, lose dignity, and slowly waste away before passing on include: fear of death, profit considerations, and religious dogma.
Let’s briefly look at each of these factors.
Fear of Death
The great news? You can cross this one off your list. Dying is a totally safe and natural part of life, a gateway to the next phase of forever. This statement could only be made responsibly and accurately based on scientific research as of 2019. Cutting edge afterlife research has been conducted by a team led by Gary E. Schwartz PhD, senior professor at the University of Arizona and director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health.
One of the paradigm shifts from the collective afterlife evidence will be how we handle end-of-this-life issues. Here are real-life testimonials from people who were helped by learning the evidence that life continues after bodily death:
“I’m eighty-five-years old and, like most people, have had experiences we do not understand. You have helped me accept the death of my loved ones and believe I will soon be seeing them again. I have always believed in a life after this one; it helps to know there is good evidence for that.”
“I was blessed to sit with my mother-in-law during her passing and share the good news that you teach. It seemed to ease her dying hours and also be of comfort to my father-in-law. What I’ve learned from you leaves me with the conviction that there is indeed life after death. Thank you.”
“I have learned so much from your books. God bless you. I have always looked at death as a transition from plane to plane and body to body. It is hard for me to go to funerals and see people weeping and grievously mourning their dead. My inner voice is calling out to them: ‘You should be celebrating her death instead of crying. She has gone back home to be with her beloved.’ At least that is how we Sikhs look at death and what I have learned in our religion and scriptures.”
This factor is under your control. How? By creating a Living Will and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order when you are healthy. If you develop a serious health problem, also set up Comfort Care and Hospice contingencies so they are in place. These approaches halt life-saving procedures when there is little chance of an extended quality of life.
Physician-assisted euthanasia – which means ‘good death’ – is legal in several states in the U.S. and some countries around the world. Visit DeathWithDignity.org for an extensive reading list by top health care, legal, and religious / spiritual experts.
Note: even with one or more of the above legal documents, you may have to be very assertive with health care providers when it is time for your or a loved one’s timely death. When my eighty year old dad’s body was dying from terminal leukemia, he was given medication in the middle of the night for low blood pressure even though he had a DNR order. He suffered for another ten days afterwards and – big clue here – an astronomical medical bill resulted.
Several close friends have been yelled at by doctors for not wanting heroic measures on ninety-year-old relatives who had severe diseases and suffered for a long time. “Don’t you love your mother?” one irate physician said, “We are trained to never give up on people.” “We want to give her every chance to recover.” All this when the patient’s clear desire – as spelled out in legal documents – was to change worlds without a tracheotomy, feeding tube, breathing assistance, and other interventions that may extend the quantity but not quality of life.
Don’t get me wrong, most doctors and nurses really care about patients. However, some still see death as a failure to be avoided at all costs. They may fear death themselves and aren’t comfortable with allowing people to pass with dignity and timing. In addition, there are profit considerations that they may or may not be aware of.
According to several of my medical physician friends, doctors are expected to bring in a certain amount of high-cost tests, surgeries, and hospital admissions on a regular basis. These doctors get lectured to and are even yelled at if they don’t bring in those big ticket items at a certain level. Those who comply gain hospital staff privileges and perks; those who don’t lose them. Notice how large many hospital complexes are now; it takes a lot of money to build and sustain all that.
This isn’t a conspiracy theory or unfair anti-medical bias. It’s a simple economic fact. The disease care industry – primarily hospitals, medical device makers, and pharmaceutical companies – in the U.S. alone is now over $3 TRILLION per year. It takes a lot of expensive tests, drugs, surgery, and hospitalizations to raise that level of income on a regular basis.
Medical care can be amazing for crises and emergencies, but end-of-this-life care shouldn’t fall into that category.
Very old and very ill people should have a choice about when and how they transition to the next phase of life. Health care providers work for you, not the other way around. Make sure that your wishes are clearly written out and given to your family members and attorney. That gives you a clear voice if and when you can’t speak because of stroke or other rapid loss of speech and / or consciousness.
In bolded print below is part of a recent email I sent to my children, fiancé, and attorney:
“I updated my Living Will so it clearly reflects my wishes. I do not want to continue living on earth unless I:
a. have the ability to be independent and active.
b. enjoy good mental clarity.
c. can live with dignity. For example, I do not want help going to the bathroom.
As such, I do not want heroic measures performed if I have a severe stroke, heart attack, dementia, neuromuscular disorder (MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, etc), or other catastrophic illness or injury. This is especially crucial if there is a significant chance that I will lose (a – c) above.
My wishes about this are especially sensible now that life after bodily death has been definitively demonstrated scientifically. I do not want to hang on to this earthly body at any and all costs. I hope we never have to cross this bridge but I want plans in place in case we do.”
Readers, you are welcome to use part or all of this and edit to match your wishes in the event of severe illness or injury.
Dogma means ‘a teaching or belief laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.’ This factor is also under your control since you can:
- learn updated evidence that bodily death is not the end of life.
- release archaic and fear-based religious teachings that aren’t based on contemporary knowledge, love, the Golden Rule, or common sense.
- join a more open-minded and less dogmatic church / spiritual center with pastors and resources that recognize the importance of a timely death with dignity.
In the past, some religious denominations tried to influence many areas of life. They attempted to be involved in birth, marriage, death, and more. Some of the ministers and leaders were acting with loving kindness. Unfortunately, politics, fame, fortune, and control were at least partially behind some of these interventions.
From this era came outmoded beliefs that ‘only God can decide when it is time to die.’ Of course, this platitude is used when convenient and ignored when not. For example, consider a 92 year-old person who had metastatic cancer, multiple organ failure, and two limbs already amputated. When he tried to move on to greener pastures, he was ‘coded’ for hours including being shocked, have arterial lines put in, breathing tube, and more.
I was there and know firsthand this actually happens. Was that God’s will or the hospital’s that profited greatly from all of those procedures? The same question must logically arise every time an elderly and/or severely ill or injured patient is treated to sustain life: antibiotics for pneumonia, tracheotomy for a better airway, feeding tube, etc. Was implementing those life-sustaining measures the decision of the Creator and Sustainer of all life? Or was it the decision of doctors and family members who may blindly believe doctors know best?
The concept of ‘God’s will’ has been misused over the millennia by many who want to exert control and make money from the trusting masses. Armed with the information in this article, you can make an informed choice based on what YOU – and your relationship with Creator, if any – deem best.
I shouldn’t have to even mention the following, but there are an increasing number of mentally imbalanced people in our world including some supposed leaders. (To learn more about the core causes and holistic solutions of this, see my book Radiant Wellness.) You should have a choice about how and when to end your earthly experience providing:
- Your decision is informed and well thought out. Consider, for example, the difference between:
(a.) a very elderly and ill person who chooses euthanasia after consulting with family, health care providers, and ministers
(b.) a twenty-year old who impulsively attempts suicide without reaching out for help after a first love break-up.
- Your method of transitioning doesn’t harm others. For example, turning on the gas of the stove may asphyxiate the person who wants to die, but it may also cause an explosion that could hurt or kill neighbors.
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My mom is 89 years old and in a slow decline with pain and other symptoms most days. She is slowly but surely losing her ability to function, remember, think clearly, and live with dignity. Mom has been ready to pass on for 12 years since my dad transitioned from earth. Every night, she prays that she will be able to move on to be with him and her many loved ones who have returned Home.
She still lives independently thanks to her three children, grandchildren, caregivers, neighbors, and social agencies that help out. But we are all very busy and mom knows she has become an imposition.
Mom has lived a long and good life. She fears that her mental and physical decline will become much worse if she doesn’t pass on soon. She doesn’t want to squander the money she and dad saved on needless medical tests and treatments that can’t improve the quality of her life. Mom would love to have a peaceful and painless way of passing. She doesn’t want to resort to violent methods of suicide that might fail and make matters worse. She doesn’t want to upset or shame family members or possibly hurt others by her attempt.
She shouldn’t have to go through all this after being a wonderful wife, mother, grandma, grandma, aunt, sister, church member, community member, and service provider.
I know a couple in Florida who have a bio-hazard cleaning business. They told me that 90% of their jobs involve cleaning up blood from senior citizens who cut their wrists during a suicide attempt. Is this the best we can do for our elders?
There is a better way. That change will only occur as more people demand choice in how they live and die. Perhaps more people will demand that change now that we know that life continues after bodily death.
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Thank you for sharing this article with others who can use it. I hope this article – and taking the action steps discussed – help you feel more happy, healthy, peaceful, clear, reassured, and energetic. You deserve to feel that way and the world needs your greatest gifts.
Life continues after bodily death! Shall we live accordingly?
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, master’s clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and webinar / workshop facilitator. He directs The Soul Phone Foundation, founded Greater Reality Living Groups, and assists research on the SoulPhone Project (SoulPhone.org).
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