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The Afterlife Advocate
 A Conversation  about Conscious Dying, Conscious Grieving
and the Journey of the Soul
Issue # 38 - February 2018

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Feb 26 - March 4
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  Messages from the
Spirit World
with Suzane Northrop
St. Louis, MO
Feb. 16 - 18
Walking in the Light
with Linda Fitch
February 28
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T he Origins of Valentines Day
(reprinted from our Feb. 2016 issue)

Happy Lupercalia everyone!

Those of you who know me personally can attest that I am probably one of the least "romantic" people you know. So naturally, on Valentine's Day, rather than caring about romance, I prefer to unpack the tradition in search of its roots in Pagan fertility festivals. There's not much reliable scholarship about Valentine's Day, but the consensus seems to be that it's based on the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia.

Like so many Pagan traditions, it was re-framed as a Christian feast day sometime around the 5th century, and attributed to someone named St. Valentine. Nobody is sure which St. Valentine this was, since there are three with the same name in Catholic history. One account suggests that all three Valentines were martyred on Feb. 14. Ultimately the church did away with Valentine's Day as an official feast because its Pagan origins were too sexual for Catholic comfort. If you'd like to know more, here is an article that you'll enjoy (hint: it involves naked Romans).
Lupercalia blessings to all!

Rev. Terri Daniel, MA, CT
Founder, The Original Afterlife Conference
End-of-Life Advisor, Interfaith Chaplaincy,

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"Bereaved" is Not Your Lifelong Identity 
Contributed by  Suzanne Giesemann,
author of Still Right Here

The death of a child transforms us. At first it feels like the end of the world, until we learn that our loved one lives on in a world that interpenetrates our own.  In my unexpected work as a medium, the irrefutable evidence shared with me by thousands of souls who have passed has proven to me that death is merely a transition to another reality

We naturally mourn the lack of instant communication and the physical presence of our children, but as we grope for answers and understanding, we find unexpected gifts. One of the greatest of these is the fact that our human nature is only a small part of who we really are as eternal souls. 

 Why Some People Don't Die in Peace
by Dr. Karen Wyatt
Throughout my career as a doctor working with patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices, I have had the opportunity to witness the dying process on many occasions. I have learned that even though the outcome of this process is always the same -- the death of the physical body -- there are many different ways to die.  READ MORE...   

Heroes in the Field of Afterlife Research

Many of us involved with death studies are familiar with the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson, and this article from a 2013 issue of Scientific American gives an excellent overview of his legacy. 

The writer of the article is a confessed skeptic who admits that the evidence in Stevenson's cases was " difficult to explain away by rational, non-paranormal means." He goes on to say,  "Why do we wonder where our mind goes when the body is dead? Shouldn't it be obvious that the mind is dead too?" Perhaps it's not so obvious at all. I'm not quite  ready to say that I've changed my mind about the afterlife. But I can say that a fair assessment and a careful reading of Stevenson's work has, rather miraculously, managed to pry it open."

Join Terri Daniel in Orlando, FL. for 
Grief as a Mystical Journey 
An interactive, experiential workshop
Winter Park, FL. March 4, 2018  1-5 pm

For those mourning the death of a loved one or a loss of any kind, this four-hour workshop provides a rare emotional learning experience via interactive processes and sacred rituals for navigating the grief journey. Participants will be led to deeper healing by moving toward internal transformation as opposed to focusing on external events.  We do this through guided meditation, family dynamic mapping and sacred ceremony to move pain and attachment through the body and out into the light. 


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