I was talking with my friend Suzy about being at her dad’s death. The run-up to his death was miserable, and he sank into a coma. Suzy and her family spent two months going to visit him whenever they could, and singing to him. Suzy’s psychic, and at the moment of death she saw him come out of the top of his head. “The room filled with angels,” she said. He swooped around the room, showering love on everyone there. “He was ecstatic.” Then he was gone, and Suzy could feel him out there swooping around the world visiting people he loves.
Quotes from a Theosophy Pamplet called, “Life After Death”: *****************************
Persons who have had a near-death experience describe a deep sense of peace and well-being, an awareness that they are out of the body. Unconfined by the body, they have found that consciousness can move freely, observe without obstruction, and travel where it wishes.
Early in the postmortem state, there is a review of the past life, like a rapid motion picture. Then the dying person passes through a tunnel or great darkness into a bright light on the other side, where a world of surpassing beauty awaits. The dying person is met by friends or a protective guide―“helpers” who explain the future and orient the newcomer to this new world. (page 3)
Quotes from Theosophy, an Introductory Study Course, 4th Edition, by John Algeo: *******************
”…in the last moments of consciousness, the events of the ending incarnation pass swiftly in review—a fact well attested by persons who have been near dying but brought back to life. Finally, at the moment of dying, the cord of etheric matter is broken, and the person, wrapped in the violet-gray etheric double, appears to float for a time above the dense physical body in a state of peaceful unconsciousness.
So viewed, the process of dying is not much different from that of going to sleep, except that in sleep the etheric double remains attached to the dense physical body, supplying it with vitality, whereas at the time of dying the double is withdrawn and the connection broken…
After some time, varying somewhat but usually lasting for a number of hours, the inner person or soul disengages itself from the etheric double and thus releases itself entirely from the physical world [into the astral world].” (page 39)
“After dying, the person is attracted to that level most characteristic of the habitual emotions during life. The emotional body has a kind of vague elemental consciousness of its own that feels the change when the separation from the etheric double takes place, and in order to protect itself and resist disintegration as long as possible, it begins immediately to rearrange its tenuous matter so that the denser, coarser vibrations form the outermost shell. Only such influences as can penetrate this surface layer will reach the consciousness within. Most newly dead persons therefore lapse into an unconscious sleep…
Individuals sleep through the coarser levels to which they do not resonate and then, when that part of the emotional body has been cast off and the higher levels of the emotional world are reached, they awaken to find a life very similar to that which they left.” (page 40)
“There is an important difference from physical life, however. Thoughts [and feelings] are now visible, so deception is impossible; communication is at a level practically impossible for those in a physical body to comprehend. The worlds of emotion and thought have been called the “unobstructed universe,” where matter is so responsive that to think of a thing is immediately to construct it, although it may dissolve the moment the thought is gone.
The dead are said to communicate readily with the living while the latter are asleep, but during waking hours they cannot usually get through to those whose consciousness is still centered in the physical world.” (page 41)
Quotes from The Life After Death, and How Theosophy Unveils It, by C. W. Leadbeater: *************************
[Some people linger for a few weeks in the etheric state after death, not realizing they’re dead.] Realisation may perhaps come to him in this way. He sees his friends about him, but he soon discovers that he cannot always communicate with them.
Sometimes he speaks to them, and they do not seem to hear; he tries to touch them, and finds that he can make no impression upon them. Even then, for some time, he persuades himself that he is dreaming, and will presently awake, for at other times (when they are what we call asleep) his friends are perfectly conscious of him, and talk with him as of old. But gradually he discovers the fact that he is after all dead, and then he usually begins to become uneasy. Why? As an English general once said on this occasion, “But if I am dead, where am I ? If this is heaven I don’t think much of it ; and if it is hell, it is better than I expected.” (page 9)
[After awhile a person leaves the etheric level and passes into the astral level.] If a man on the astral plane delights in the beauty in Nature, he has unequalled possibilities for indulging it; for he can readily and rapidly move from place to place, and enjoy in quick succession wonders of Nature which the physical man would need years to visit. And there is the wonderful additional delight that no fatigue is possible. (page 15)