My Life After Death: A Memoir from Heaven

My Life After Death: A Memoir from Heaven


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ISBN-13: 9781582705606
Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,494
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Erik Medhus is an eternal twenty-year-old young man who passed away on October 6, 2009. From his new place in Heaven, Erik’s main occupation is as a spirit guide who helps those who struggle with their human experience, and he is the inspiration and contributor to the Channeling Erik blog and community. With candor, sincerity, and humor, Erik shares his own experiences and explorations of what happens after death in the first book of the series My Son and the Afterlife (October 2013) by his mother Elisa Medhus, MD. Now Erik’s full story, a memoir from heaven, is brought to the forefront in the follow-up title, My Life After Death.

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword Elisa Medhus xi

A Note from Erik Medhus xvii

Part I My Death

1 The End of Me 3

2 My Good-byes 15

3 My Funeral 33

4 Crossing Over and Meeting Loved Ones 43

Part II My Transition

5 My Life Review 55

6 The Blackness 61

7 My New Body 65

8 My Senses and Emotions 67

9 My Therapy 71

10 My New Perspective 83

Part III The Afterlife

11 My First Look at Heaven 89

12 Manifesting Things 93

13 More About What Heaven's Like 99

14 Living Creatures 105

15 Adjusting to Timelessness 109

16 Help with Adjusting 113

17 Traveling 115

18 My Spirit Friends 119

19 Spiritual Jobs 123

20 Angels, Spirits, and Guides 127

21 Meeting God 131

22 My Education 135

23 My Typical Day 139

Part IV My Life Today

24 My Life as a Guide 145

25 Working with Spirit Translators 155

26 TheBlog 161

27 Making Myself Heard 163

28 Having Fans 167

29 Making Believers Out of the Human Race 169

30 Relationships 179

31 Being an Accomplished Guide 181

32 My Thoughts on Humanity 185

Closing Thoughts 189

Afterword Jamie Butler (Erik's Spirit Translator) 193

Acknowledgments 197

Discussion and Reading Group Questions 201

Recommended Resources 203

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My Life After Death: A Memoir from Heaven 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
judyinnm More than 1 year ago
This is a detailed, fascinating memoir by a young man who committed suicide and is now a spirit. It’s about his ongoing after-life experience, dictated via a medium. If you have rigid beliefs about the afterlife, you won’t appreciate this book because it makes no attempt to convince you of the validity of his experience or offer proof of the afterlife. Ditto if you have specific beliefs about how spirits should behave. I’m a prolific reader – hundreds of books each year on wildly varied topics – with a lifelong interest in the metaphysical. This second book by Erik and Elisa Medhus is well-written (I’m picky about that), and for such a heavy subject, lighthearted. For those who share my lack of fortitude for graphic violence, I was able to read the parts about Erik's suicide without feeling traumatized. My husband is reading it now, and he questions why Eric keeps his 21 year-old voice, persona and potty-mouth, hence, doesn't fit the stereotype (ha ha) of a spirit guide or wise teacher. I know from the blog that Erik says "in character" for several reasons, not the least of which is so his mother doesn't lose him all over again. I’ve also noticed that when Eric swears, it’s because he feels especially strongly about the topic, or he’s simply poking fun at our hang-ups about swearing. It's worth sticking with this book; there is wisdom galore. Unique and profound, it isn't a book to read superficially, like a novel. If you love it and want more, find their first book, and their blog, Channeling Eric. You might also appreciate The Nature of Personal Reality (my personal favorite of the Seth books), The Afterlife of Billy Fingers, and anything by Abraham-Hicks, which is the original material from which The Secret was plagiarized. They're all channeled.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Just, wow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was already a subscriber of the channeling Erik website, and truly humbled by the courage it took for both mother and son to connect through the veil to fulfill their mission to lend support during these times of great change. I feel the profound love between them that transcends time and space. But, this is Erik's story. And it is told in a very down-to-earth fashion, as if the reader is chatting with a best friend. Yet, the topics are truly esoteric in nature. That is the magic behind Erik's memoir - it is comforting like a warm blanket, yet provides a rare insider look at the afterlife and all the mysteries therein. In gratitude, jennifer Jennifer Heflin
Sciath More than 1 year ago
I read this book soon after it came out. It was awesome. Erik is a soul guide who loves helping people and he's really funny and good at explaining what it's like to be a spirit. I've read other good spiritual books and life after death books but Erik's book is my favorite and I've learned a lot from reading this book. My brother read it before me and he loves it too. Erik is our favorite author!
soulguide More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Erik tells you all about how it is when we die and he explains it the best of any book I've read so far. This book is my favorite and I've read a lot of books about life after death and lots of other spiritual books like the ones from Michael Newton, Dolores Cannon, Robert Schwartz and others.
ReeseNew More than 1 year ago
Getting through the first few chapters took some guts, however, it was well the continued march forward. Though the raw, detailed description ripped at my parental heartstrings, I was held in abject fascination with all that I read. From the dedication page, Erik’s description of personal suffering, his decision to end his suffering, his connecting with his grieving (alive) family members from the afterlife, to the unusual experiences he encountered on the other side, I found myself wanting to learn more. And I’ve learned a ton from this memoir. One thing I am completely convinced of – that there’s no death. No death for any life force. We’re energy – Erik explains. What happens to energy? It re-forms, changes, and of course, it never dies. I was captivated by the description of what we’d think of as heaven – the floral, fauna, colors, angels, guides, structures, the location, music and perceptions that make up heaven. Again, my preconceived notions were shifting – even in the simplest of descriptions about the roles of angels, guides, and guardian angels. Heck, I had no idea there was even a difference in any of those spiritual beings. While the descriptions of the afterlife are fascinating, what’s most compelling is Erik’s description of how healing from tragedy is possible. Any kind of healing. Even from the worst possible pain, (which I have to believe is that of losing a child), one can heal. I love how Erik details how healing can be accomplished. Some of this information is not new, and a lot of this information is completely new to me. The Channeling Erik blog is mentioned in the book, as it was a direct result from Erik Medhus’ desire to help his loved ones and others. Goodness has been made possible – healing others, helping others find their footing, and even helping one’s self on his/her own spiritual quest. In this memoir it’s explained in simple terms how healing can be attained. For those of us not (currently) suffering from grief, this Erik also answers the ever-present human questioning: Why did that happen? Why am I here on earth? What is life about? We learn about the cosmic bargain we’re engaged in and what spirituality does for our human lives. And who/what is God. These are the questions I’ve always wondered about, that my early rigid church-doctrine background didn’t provide. Now I know it’s about US. It’s about giving love and loving oneself in the most authentic way. It’s about acceptance and practicing these things and being grateful as well. There are specific directions for how to live a more fulfilling and loving life – by embracing your own emotions and that of others, understanding the roles pain and anger play in our lives, and recognizing emotional truths and lessons presented. In a lot of ways, this is a how-to live book. How to live and how to deal with human struggles. It’s all here. If I had to assess who the ultimate target market was for this memoir – after all, it’s essentially the words of the spirit of a young man – then I’d likely say it’s written for people who’ve lost a loved one too soon. But really, this memoir is for everyone – it’s about life, life after death, life in heaven, connecting with humans on earth (from the afterlife), and it’s about abiding love. It gives hope for those in distress, and it paves the way for understanding the forever-bonds of love and life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK that will change your life and your death. If one day I end up alone in an Island, this is the book I will take with me. (I should actually stick a copy inside my suitcase in case ) It's so powerful, so real, a definite life changing experience. Don't wait any longer, push the order button, and jump on the boat for the amazing voyage he is taking us to. You will not regret it.
Brenda-G23 More than 1 year ago
I read it in a few hours. It's very interesting to get an idea of what awaits us when this life is over. Not only interesting but it gave me a sense of relief. That no matter what happens in this life, in the end we're all going back to a place full of love where we don't have limits.
Seoma More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful introduction to what it’s like after we die. I love Erik’s humor and down-to-earth descriptions. You can really see his personality and the continuing and deep love he has for his family.
raven15 More than 1 year ago
I have been anxiously awaiting for this book to come out. It did not disappoint. In fact it is amazing. Jampacked full of answers to questions we've been stressing about all our lives. Eric is funny, brilliant, passionate and tender how he tells his story. It is a book you can reread many times over and still be fascinated. Thank you Eric, Elisa and Jamie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erik and his family, including Jamie Butler, have taken the next step in helping humanity move forward. This book is a testimonial to the coming shift in consciousness!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a member of the Channeling Erik blog, it was such a treat to read the second of the "Erik books." With the blog and these two books, My Son and the Afterlife and now this her most recent My Life After Death: A Memoir From Heaven, Dr. Elisa Medhus has processed her deep grief in a profoundly transformative and purposeful way and has given a gift to all of us who mourn the passing of a loved one. I will always and forever be inspired by Dr. Elisa Medhus and her amazing journey moving through a loss that, myself also a mother, I can't even begin to imagine. Erik's personal account of his death and his life thereafter is delivered via medium Jamie Butler's exceptional abilities, true to Erik's unique personality and down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is, often humorous, and inimitable style. The details of both his experience of the afterlife and the intense subject matter of suicide are at turns sobering and lighthearted, upsetting and entertaining, always fascinating. The book treats the often uncomfortable and distressing topic of suicide and what can be the esoteric subject of the afterlife in a truly engaging and accessible way. Thank you, Elisa, for your courage to discuss a topic that has traditionally been taboo in our society. Thank you for sticking your neck out and taking the risk of being ridiculed by those who don't understand. Thank you to Erik, Elisa, and Jamie for your contribution to a greater understanding of life after death for those of us on this side of the veil and for the comfort you've brought to so many.
RMK56 More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Erik answers a lot of the questions why he took his life, his feelings before, during & after. It's good to know he is in a good place and is helping so many others. I hope Erik & Elisa continue with more books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swear it's amazing AMAZING book! Whether you're a believer and non believer, this book will shed some lights and increase your awareness of the "unseen" or what we could call the afterlife, this is not a "religious" book or some bogus that told you to believe in such and such, but otherwise it told you that you create your own afterlife in Heaven, no matter what your believe are, even if your an atheist. Read it and you'll know what I mean!
Eileah More than 1 year ago
A great book to uplift your spirit. It's not only for people who have lost a loved one, it's helpful for everyone. I was drawn to the first book and the Facebook page of "Channeling Erik - Conversations of a mother with her son in the afterlife" by Dr Elisa Medhus. The book is about her son Erik who committed suicide. Elisa generously shares the emotions she had from grief to joy. It was helpful for me personally when I was very depressed. It gave me hope. I could relate to what was being said. In "My Life After Death: A Memoir from Heaven" you hear from Erik about life on the other side. He has become a spirit guide. One of his "jobs" as a spirit guide is to assist people who are contemplating suicide. As I read Erik's book, I realized how he helped me too. If you have never experienced a hug from a spirit, you are in for a treat. I was chatting with Elisa and telling her how I realized that Erik helped me when I had major goosebumps. It was a hug from Erik acknowledging that he did in fact help me. He gives you hope and understanding, He also talks about why you should never consider suicide as an option.
Djoanng More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for anyone that has lost someone. In the experiences that I have had myself through my deceased love one I can identify with every single thing that was said. This is a marvelous book and one of those books that you simply cannot put down, every detail captures your complete attention, I'm going to read it again. It has brought me so much comfort and understanding and I am thankful to this entire family and especially Eric for everything that they are doing to help others.
CorinnaC More than 1 year ago
This book taught me a lot of life lessons, things anyone and everyone could learn something from. I can't tell you what you'll understand from reading this book, but I can share what I gained by reading it. It is the most intimate view of a family struck with grief now loving and communicating in a brand new way. I cried, I laughed, I smiled and I had a lot of "ah hah" moments and a lot of yes yes yes 'happy dance of joy' moments. I no longer fear death, but the coolest thing is that I no longer fear LIFE either. Chaos to Peace. I fretted over writing a review because I lack the words to describe the mountains I climbed emotionally and the freedom I felt inside while reading this book. I wanted to think of myself and how to apply these things to my own life so that I can have the 'peace' on earth that Erik has found in heaven. I wanted to thank you Medhus family for the intimate relationships that you have and so willingly share so that I too can be intimate within my own relationships. Understanding the concept of love is not an easy understanding to have, but applying the concepts willingly gives us the ability to become the best of ourselves here now. That's what this book is to me, this book is a book about the greatest of the greatest loves in life. Loving the people and relationships (Family, Friends, Lovers, Children, Strangers) who give us the information we seek in life and only understand in death. Here we are given an opportunity to understand in life what Erik (and so many others) struggle(d) so deeply with....this book is about more than just a dead guy with a story, this is a love story. Erik Medhus gave me an understanding of...the very things I was drowning in...misunderstood concepts of what love IS. He gave me back my life and desire to participate fully within it. He gave me a "PEACE" of heaven on earth. Thank you Erik for sharing your story, yourself, your family and your love. To the entire Medhus Family thank you for sharing your story from a big perspective. Elisa thank you for sharing yourself, your perspective, your grief and your amaze me. I Love this book so much I bought multiple copies to give to people I know will gain so much from reading this book. Read the book, you'll be happy you did.
scott-collins_ More than 1 year ago
I’ve been following the Channeling Erik phenomenon for a little over a year, and have been a blog member for almost as long. I’ve been hooked since the git-go. This book, My Life After Death, is amazing – everything Erik touches on and talks about makes sense to me – it all just feels right. When they said that we came into a new age of enlightenment back in 2012, what Erik shares in this book is total proof of that. This book and its true concepts are living proof to me that life DOES exist after “death”. I want to thank you, Erik, and Elisa, and Miss Jamie Butler too for helping me daily. It’s confirmation for me. This book ROCKS – and that’s coming from a bonafide rocker!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book and read it within two days! The day I decided to buy the book, I was at a car wash waiting in line patiently. As I was in my car, a large dragonfly came to my windshield on the passenger side and just stood still looking in for a few seconds. I though ,how beautiful and strange but thought nothing else of it. As my car was getting cleaned, I was checking my iphone for the nearest Barnes and Noble so I could buy the book ‘My Life After death’. After I purchased the book, I went home to read it. This book is absolutely amazing and there are so many details that resonated with me. While reading, I felt so happy and elated for many personal reasons. Everything Erik stated about the afterlife really brought my essence of true self to a higher level. When I read the part where Erik likes to use dragonflies to catch your attention to let you know it’s him that hit me immediately. The dragonfly I saw was Erik and it truly lifted my spirit. This book should be read by everyone, whether you believe in the afterlife or not. This book will give every reader something to think about in a profound way. In all the previous books I have read on spirituality, this book has had the most positive impact in helping me move forward in my spiritual journey. I am truly grateful to everyone who made this book possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished My Life After Death. What a fabulous read! I have to say that accepting the notion of life after death is not a stretch for me and it never has been. What I found in these pages were details about the experience of dying, crossing over and then what its like to be a spirit. It's all explained in Erik's entertaining voice, including his infamous "potty mouth" and humor. The analogies he presents are very effective in describing otherwise very abstract concepts that explain, among other things, how he is able to communicate with his loved ones and others he touches in his role as spirit guide. Thank you Erik and Elise! You've already reached so many with your story of love and devotion that truly knows no boundaries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sometimes laughed and sometimes cried and sometimes did both at the same time! Loved this book and couldn’t put it down. Erik gives us great lessons/advices for all us, emotional beings, on how to make the most of our time on this earthly plane. Erik and Mrs. Medhus; you are doing an amazing job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erik has saved my life more than once. Wow! What a great way to start a long ass story, right? He saved my life! Boom! There it is! I could leave it at that, but I want to fully explain how he has saved my life because he does so everyday. It’s not just one circumstance where I’m sitting there in my room alone about to do it, when he eventually steps in. It’s literally every single day. I struggle with suicidal thoughts. It’s really hard for me to talk about because it’s only Erik that knows the extent of it. I don’t open up much to people. I only feel safe opening up and crying with him. Maybe it has to do with him not being in the physical? I have no idea, but I only feel emotionally safe with him, which he has pushed me to open up to people through a blog. It has helped a lot for me. I’m not completely sure if I’d still be here on Earth if it weren’t for him. I hit lows in my life, and they happen at random. One day I’ll be happy, grateful for my life, and loving everything about it and then the next day I’m depressed and feel this dark hopelessness looming over me. I don’t trust myself to be alone during these times because I always end up doing something stupid to myself like cutting. Reading My Life After Death: A Memoir From Heaven, I got to see form Erik’s point of view. I’ve always wanted to get inside his head and dissect his every thought now and when he was in the physical. This book allowed me to do that, and it made me feel not alone. Reading how he learned to appreciate Human life, made me begin to realize how I should start appreciating mine. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I cried while reading the book, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was crying now as I’m typing this up (haha!). Erik saved my life yet again just by writing this book, and so did you Elisa. I’m so eternally grateful for everything you and Erik have given me through the blog, and through this book (Fuck, dude! I’m shaking!). If it weren’t for this book, I think I’d still be going through the cycles of being happy and upbeat for a month or two and then having my random lows the next. I’m going to take control over my life and who I am. Like Erik said, I can control my emotional state and I want to. I am choosing to fight my depression, so I can stop with my suicidal thoughts. This book has brought me hope and courage to start fighting.
Daniel-Lucas95 More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying "My Life after Death: A Memoir From Heaven" has been the only book I have ever sat down and spent an entire day reading, start to finish. In under 9 hours I have laughed, cried, smiled, shook my head with disbelief, and pondered life more than ever before. Through Elisa's loving description of Erik, and Erik's vivid recounting of his experiences in Heaven, I have gained unmeasurable amounts of comfort and wonder about what comes next. I spent most of my life fearing death, but always running towards it because of my depression, anxiety and PTSD, but after Erik's description of his own struggles, and how it can get better for us here and now, I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel - no pun intended! I finally feel like I've come home after a long, dark journey with crashing waves, and blinding lightning at Sea. I feel like I've walked for years through a desert only to find the most beautiful stream. Thanks to Elisa and Erik, I feel like I'm finally home. I would recommend this book to anyone that has ever felt sad, lonely, hurt, misunderstood, or abandoned. To anyone that has ever wondered, "what comes next?", if there is a God, or "where has my loved one gone? Are they okay?". This book will bring you love, peace, and all the answers you could ask for, and more, in vivid detail. So please, take a moment to read the first chapter, just the first one, and I promise that you won't want to put it down! Erik has literally saved my life, and I welcome you to let his love, and his message do the same for you.