My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side

My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side

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by Elisa Medhus M.D.
     
 

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An emotional journey through grief to healing and skepticism to belief—discover the answers that will change your life forever.

LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES—NOT EVEN DEATH

Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physi­cian, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son Erik took his

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An emotional journey through grief to healing and skepticism to belief—discover the answers that will change your life forever.

LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES—NOT EVEN DEATH

Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physi­cian, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son Erik took his own life and then reached out from the other side.

Intimate, heartbreaking, and illuminating, go on an incredible journey from grief and skepticism to healing and belief. Based on Medhus’s wildly popular blog, Channeling Erik, My Son and the Afterlife provides answers to the most universal questions of being human.

At once tragic and uplifting, Erik speaks from the other side with candor, wisdom, and depth as he describes his own experiences and provides new answers about the nature of souls, death, and the afterlife—answers that have the potential to change our lives forever.

Editorial Reviews

author of the NY Times bestseller Proof of Heaven - Eben Alexander
"Dr. Elisa Medhus offers a heartfelt, deeply moving story that invites readers to question their own beliefs of love, loss, and the afterlife."
Terri Daniel
“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.”
R. Craig Hogan
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.”
Christine Elder
“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."
Thomas Campbell
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.”
Mark Ireland
“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.”
Marco M. Pardi
“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.”
Dr. Victor Zammit
“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.”
“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.”

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.”

“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."

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

From the Publisher
"Dr. Elisa Medhus offers a heartfelt, deeply moving story that invites [listeners] to question their own beliefs of love, loss, and the afterlife." —Eben Alexander, MD, author of the Proof of Heaven

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582704616
Publisher:
Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
288,306
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

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 ChannelingErik.com and wrote the successful book My Son and the Afterlife. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone open to new ideas, or to anyone seeking some reassurance that love lives on after we cross over. Dr.Medhus courageously shares her journey of having to make sense of why bad things happen to good people. She rebuilds her life by helping others. There are two stories here, Dr. Medhus' journey to her new normal and the wonder of Erik's insight into human suffering.  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 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. 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.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a great read, one that will touch your Heart and feed your Soul, buy this book!  Believer, or non-believer, you won't regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would have given this book 5 stars if I hadn't seen the youtube videos of some of the channeled sessions involving the author, her son, and Jamie, the medium. I found Jamie to be 100% believable and authentic, but it was Elisa Medhus who bothered me so much I had to stop watching. Two videos in particular involved E.M. asking Eric to bring Jesus (!) and Mother Theresa to their sessions to be interviewed. I'm willing to believe that Erik did, in fact, connect with the spirits of Jesus and Mother Theresa, but E.M. was so terribly inappropriate I was very disappointed and embarrassed for her. By her own admission in the book, E. M. is not a Christian, but her approach when "interviewing" Jesus was shocking in it's tone and content. Her manner was flippant and not at all respectful. She seemed to perceive her role as that of investigative journalist and asked questions of both Jesus and Mother Theresa that I can't imagine she would ask if either one were sitting in front of her. I think that any professional who ever had the chance to actually interview JESUS would approach this interview with great care and respect. The same would hold true for Mother Theresa. I got the impression that E.M. was doing this as a lark, making jokes, poking fun at her son, and doing other things that just seemed inappropriate when talking to people on the other side of the importance and stature of Jesus and Mother Theresa. I watched a few more of the videos and really just wished that E.M. would STOP TALKING. I want to hear what Erik has to say, but she interrupts Jamie over and over again to voice her own opinions, make jokes, etc., that I just lose interest. I still think the book is a good read, and think that Erik is doing really important work. However, now that I see how his mother is using her connection with him, I'm not sure I could recommend it to anyone else. I think that E.M. needs to rethink her role. If she wants to include herself in videos that are about important topics and people and are out in the public domain, I think she should approach this work with a greater level of professionalism. I found Jamie to be professional 100% of the time, and believe that the doctor could learn from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a wonderful book. To anonymous..so sorry you don't believe, but she does and that is all that matters..don't knock someone else's truth. I believe as well as I have had my own proof through my own personal experiences. Book is written nicely. Dr. Medhus has a wonderful sense of humor and I did laugh out loud through out the chapters. Good Read!
Kathy-Marie More than 1 year ago
I love this book and her blog.  For those who want to better understand the afterlife, this is the best! Thank you, Dr. Medhus, for your courage to share your journey. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anybody that ever prayed, did you wonder if your sentiments were nothing more than self consolation? Did you ever doubt the purpose of sending your thoughts to God or wonder if they'd go anywhere besides the inside of your head? Read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elisa Medhus, MD wrote an amazing book here. She wrote it as it had unfolded. She was very skeptical about the after life in the beginning. Things started happening in such a way as to change her mind..... Finally a book that will help others get their minds out of the little tightly sealed box that society has put them in. Yes there is life after death, absolutely! We are but a consciousness that is using these bodies so that we can gain experiences here on this dense physical plain. But this is all explained in the book. If you are ever to read a book that is the closest thing to gospel, then this is it. Also check out the channelingerik website. It will only add to what she wrote in her amazing book. Dr Medhus took a tragic event and turned it into a "go to book" that will help other heart broken people that have suffered the tragic loss of a loved one, giving them comfort in knowing that their loved ones are all okay and even seeking to help you with your grief from the other side. This book will also give you "true" and "honest" answers to most if not all of your questions about the after life. It is by far the most authoritative and true book that I have ever read (and I have read volumes of books) about the after life. My hat is off to Elisa for having the courage and tenacity to write this book with the intention of helping others with the loss of their loved ones. Giving them hope, truth and the knowledge that they will be reunited once again, not to mention the fact that their loved ones will always be close by. She was assisted by some "very gifted" Mediums like Jamie Butler. A movie needs to be made from this book. It would be based on true events. A movie that would help to educate people on the reality of life after the death of the vehicle (body) that we are driving. It's high time for humanity to wake up to the reality of what life really is and is not. Remember when it was believed that the world was flat? You get my point...........Audie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this wonderful, heartfelt book! I deeply admire Dr. Medhus in sharing with us her wonderful son in such unique and amazing way! Milla Q.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about the afterlife and near death experiences as I truly believe there is something beyond this world. However, this book is ridiculous! I did not for one minute believe Dr. Medhus ever connected with her son. The questions she asked and the answers she claims she received were ludicrous. This book was a waste of time and money!
Kel131 More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. I think it would be helpful to people who have gone through similar things as Dr. Medhus. Overall it was very validating for me, plus I learned some new things to process. I would recommend this book to everyone (that can handle a few "f-bombs" being dropped). ;)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an eye opener! It is touching and will comfort you whether you have lost anyone or not. It will make you laugh, cry and feel. All it takes is an open mind. I love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me this book is fiction. Even the mother and the mediums don't seem to take it seriously. The giggling, swear words, ridiculous questions are odd for a book about the afterlife. I think many weak minded people will read it and believe, without doing any research or asking important questions. It is sad. All the people involved with this book will make money off a young mans death.
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Heart warming and compelling evidence.
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one-of-one1 More than 1 year ago
I just found the language to be to profane I don't mind the f word once here and there, but in every sentence! Sorry I purchased this book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do people continue to believe such tripe? There is no evidence or proof for mediums, psychic communication or any of that claptrap. Lots of wishful thinking here and possibly hallucinations. That is all.