Is there a life after life?

by | Jan 24, 2020 | Christian and Christine, Questions, Spirituality

Great question, right?
You can google this question or google Near Death Experiences and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of stories of people who have seen that there is something waiting for us beyond death.

Here are two examples of stories that touched me personally.

The first is about Germaine: She was a close friend of our family, and about ten years younger than my mom, Jeanne.
They had a great relationship and our families spent many Sundays together.

Germaine and Jeanne promised each other that the first to die would be the first to welcome the other into Heaven at the time of death.
A little bit like what St Gregory preached at his close friend St Basil’s funeral: “Basil, welcome me also in your dwelling when I have departed this life.”

My mom passed. Both families went their separate ways and we had very little contact after that.
One day, out of the blue, Germaine’s son calls me. I knew Germaine had been seriously ill, so I was nervous.
This is how the conversation went:
“Hello Christian.”
“Hi Daniel, I assume you don’t have good news.”
“Yes and no. My mom passed an hour ago.”

I was stunned. I hadn’t talked to Daniel in years, and here he was, calling me right after his mom passed.
“My Mom,” he continued, “had been in a coma for several days, she wasn’t responsive, we were all with her.
And then, she sat up in her bed and smiled. She was overjoyed and called twice: ‘Jeanne, Jeanne’, laid back, and she was gone.”

The second story is about Claude. Claude was a good friend of mine, before I met him, Claude was a clown in a circus.
He had a pet goose that followed him everywhere, and tons of great stories.
One day he ended up in the hospital with bad food poisoning. I was there in the hospital with his wife when he was declared dead.
He laid on his hospital bed and we were given some time to spend with him, pray for him; when suddenly he sat upright and gave us a huge smile.
The same smile he had as a clown, as if he were telling us, “I am so happy!” and he laid back down and passed peacefully.

– Validity of Near-Death Experiences, 9:42, Fr. Spitzer

– He died and met God, and he wasn’t ready, the incredible near-death experience, 1:16:24, Fr. Rick Wendell

– I died, went to Heaven, and came back, 12:38, Dr Mary Neal

Christian Meert

I was born and raised in Morocco in a Catholic family. One of my uncles was a Franciscan priest and his sister a Franciscan Missionary of Mary, both in Morocco. I am the youngest of three boys. My eldest brother passed in 2011 and my other brother lives in Montpellier, France, with his family. I received my Masters in International Business in Montpellier, France, in 1976, and worked as the Regional Director of an American ag company for 15 years. I traveled all over the world: mainly Europe, Africa and Middle East. I am happily married to Christine since 1977 and we have five daughters and fourteen grandchildren so far. In 1990, our family joined the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes, in France, of which we were a part of for fifteen years. We started the House of the Community in Denver at the call of Archbishop Chaput in 1999. In 2004 Christine and I founded CatholicMarriagePrep.com, and then left the Community to dedicate ourselves to our ministry. We have been the Directors of the Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Colorado Springs since 2005. In 2010, we became American citizens. I love fly-fishing, hiking and gardening!

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