What happens to us when we die?My son, Amos, recently drew me close to whisper a secret in my ear. He made a long series of whispery noises and then said, “You’re gonna die.”
He giggled; I laughed to tears. So creepy! So true! I want to carry this memory and Amos’ playfulness to my deathbed.
You’re gonna die. And then what? At L’Arche’s anniversary dinner, we didn’t get metaphysical, but when core members die, L’Arche responds to that question. What happens next?
Spend a good week at least ruminating. What do you believe? Any response is, by its nature, a profession of faith…if not in God, then something.
I’m most interested to wonder with people who live the question in a meaningful way. People who’ve experienced—or fear—the death of a loved one. People in touch with whispers like Amos’. People who want to live purposefully in the time they have left. They know the question goes beyond science, beyond even religion, at least its pat answers.
You can learn a lot about other humans—and discover a lot about yourself—by asking: What happens to us when we die?
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