Is this the manner in which funerals be conducted in the future? lol. Two stories:
Science is now demonstrating that we do not clinically die at the time the medical profession thinks we do
I apologise that this blog is currently incomplete. Additional information will be posted in the near future. In the meantime I have hyperlinked this media article for you to consider. Thank you for your patience.
This introductory paragraph to this blog has been inserted on May 17th 2015. It post- dates my writings below. If you have a special interest in this particular topic, I urge you to also acquaint yourself with the contents of a generic statement blog that I have created.
The story of a man who went for a ninety minute cosmic journey immediately after he died and returned to tell the story. Only you can decide if this story is believable or not.
I am of the opinion that our personal sense of awareness and consciousness are distinctly different from each other. As those readers who have already perused some of my ideas relating to sub-quantum phenomena you will probably identify with phenomena the author shares with his readers. If you are contemplating reading the accompanying PDF file titled “Near death experience” I urge you to keep in mind that I write principally from a secular perspective and as such I am not necessarily endorsing the religious connotations entwined within certain sections of Mr. Mellen-Thomas Benedict’s essay. If you are interested in this topic also read my blog the AWARE study. You will also note I have underlined certain texts within the essay to help you better identify with what I feel are the more important science related aspects of the work. I point out that the author is not promoting any particular brand of religion. I have also attached a separate reference statement to the original document. The author of this document verifies this particular NDE story is authentic as well as that of Mr. Mellen-Thomas Benedict’s life history, including his professional involvement with Quantum Biology. That is, how biological systems work.
I have underlined sections of text that I feel may be of most interest to you, more particularly text that I feel is commensurate with my secular-physics views about the inherent nature of reality. I mean by this a reality that is governed by a backdrop of primordial (cosmic-instinctual) awareness as well as thought. For example, this means when the author is talking about himself traveling in a void I am suggesting it is his personal sense of awareness in tune with, and resonating with, primordial cosmic awareness as a whole. I say personal consciousness has absolutely no role in this alleged cosmic journey whatsoever.
Mr. Mellen-Thomas Benedict talks about information transfer after death as well as his notion of a cosmic matrix and he felt at the time of his cosmic journey as though he was in direct contact with what he calls “the source of life” I ask readers to keep in mind that I claim our personal awareness and as such it would not necessarily be unrealistic for his personal sense of awareness to feel this way as it melded with primordial-cosmic awareness. The author talks about a type of grid around the planet where our higher selves are connected and there is a subtle level of energy within this grid. I refer to this analogical grid as being commensurate to my concept of an over arcing fourth dimension.
When the author talks about how beautiful we all are in our inner core I associate his words as being as though he is in a deep state of transcendental (meditative) awareness which in turn implies his personal awareness is in direct liaison, with primordial awareness devoid of the logical parameters of consciousness. If you care to know more about my ideas in this area please follow this link what is cosmic consciousness? as well as what is death?
Mr. Mellen-Thomas Benedict also talks about the cosmic void as not being a void at all. He states it is full of different forms of energy with which I can identify with as being the inherent nature of my notion of a fourth dimension. The author states we are immortal beings that live forever and that we are part of a natural living system. Once again I can identify with the author’s words because I argue that our personal awareness (instinctual awareness) is directly linked to the cosmic living system of primordial awareness and thought. The author says we are literally God. Once again I agree with him but I will not use the word God in this particular context. If one chooses to say primordial awareness is God, then I would argue our personal awareness is a manifestation of the wider God within us all. Keep in mind I am continuing to write from a secular perspective.
I hope you get fun out of reading this article and that I have been successful in at least partly explaining how my secular views pertinent to physics seem to meld with this man’s NDE experience. If you care to view the blog titled “A comparison of three models of reality physics” you will find at the bottom of both comparison models of reality physics that are cited that each caters for describing metaphysical phenomena that occurs after death. The Hiley-Bohm model of physics does as well. If you care to read an essay about David Bohm’s gnostic ideas I suggest you read this essay, more especially pages 7 to 9. You will find Bohm has distinctive ideas about the phenomenon of an afterlife. His ideas support many notions that I have in this area as well.
Perhaps this is a model for all of us to somehow identify with?
At least a few highly important people we meet in life seem to think we are no more than mere garbage.
I share an interesting true story. A number of years ago, I met an ex-R.A.F. bomber crew member. He had many tales to tell about not only his wartime career in England, but his Australian experiences as well. He was married and had one daughter. He had not seen either wife or daughter for many years and had lived somewhat of a hermit’s life in a small country town in South Australia, writing his memoirs. Towards the end of his life, he requested me to be the trustee of his modest estate when he died. Because I did not really know the man very well I declined; however, I kept in touch with him from time to time. This included phoning him when he was in hospital during the last days of his life. It was during this period that he requested me to take care of his funeral arrangements, despite the fact I was not his trustee. He stated that he had a prepaid funeral plan.
This man, Tom, duly died. The hospital phoned me to say that the funeral business of XXX had agreed to take custody of Tom’s remains and arrange for him to be cremated in Gawler, South Australia. I confirmed this arrangement with the undertaker, and arranged to meet him, with Tom’s remains; at the Gawler crematorium at such and such a time on such and such a date. As far as I knew, Tom had only three close friends and he saw me as being one of them. The three of us agreed to meet at my home in the Adelaide Hills and then travel to Gawler together, to attend a simple pre-cremation service at the time I had arranged with the undertaker.
The day before the scheduled cremation I had cause to phone the undertaker. He was not available. He was attending another funeral and his son informed me that his father had bought forward Tom’s cremation by one day. This effectively meant that Tom’s three friends in life were to be cut off from the cremation process completely. I was extremely angry and verbally protested. The son suggested I phone his dad on his mobile at the cemetery where he was attending another person’s funeral. I did this. He confirmed that what his son had told me was correct. I became even further outraged because he had broken his agreement with me, and furthermore Tom’s three friends were being denied the opportunity to grieve appropriately. I stated that I was a professional counsellor and for this reason as well I felt my request to delay the cremation until we could all attend was fair and proper. The undertaker became similarly angry with me. He said: “Mr. Freeman, if you are a professional counsellor, you should know that I am in the garbage disposal business and as Mr. [Tom] did not appoint you as his trustee I can handle the deceased’s remains in any manner I see fit.” This made me even more furious and I told him so.
I rang around the Funeral Directors’ Association, the State Department of Consumer Affairs as well as the media, to tell them what was happening. Some one hour or so later I had a telephone call from another funeral parlour, this time in Gawler. The undertaker there said Tom’s remains would not go to the crematorium that day, but would be transferred to his parlour and be kept overnight, so we could pay our respects to Tom in the undertaker’s private chapel the next day. In other words the cremation was delayed by twenty-four hours. I expressed appreciation to the Gawler undertaker. I never heard from the original country undertaker again. We three friends of Tom attended the chapel the next day, paid our respects to the coffin allegedly containing Tom’s remains and left. I was tempted to lift a corner of the coffin to check if it was empty or not. I felt it was better not to know and leave it at that. I wanted no more trouble.
Tom’s wife and his daughter were not interested in Tom’s affairs and declined to attend the funeral service. It was not lost on me at the time just what a human tragedy was unfolding. On one hand here was a man who had lived such a rich and colourful life and on the other hand, after his death, was treated as if he had a contagious disease and was a criminal as well. It hit me that once Tom had been cremated there would be little more than Government records to show that he had ever existed in the first place. Furthermore he was not being given the common courtesy of the traditional committal words of “dust to dust”. Rather more it was “dust to garbage” I think no more needs to be said. Readers can make up their own minds as to whether we have a cultural right to openly grieve beside the remains of a deceased person.
A forum for people to relate to about dying and death
Over the centuries different religions have evolved ars moriendi, ‘art of dying’ process for assisting the dying prepare for the final moments of their lives. Although I have written articles about the final act of dying, including one titled ‘What is death’ in a blog written in my webpage. I have never ventured to discover what sort of secular services may be available in the community to assist people to begin to prepare for their demise. There are two references I draw reader attention to that they may find are assets in their preparation for the final act of dying. In my opinion a good starting point would be to learn about a new ‘death café’ movement that is encouraging people to commence talking about dying. It is becoming an international movement. It claims its aim is to assist people to have a better experience of death.
A second reference point I found was a presentation mounted by the ABC online. It is part of a wider ABC health story feature. The article talks about what is a good death and is there such a thing? The article also talks about both good deaths and hard deaths and what either may mean to both the dying person and also their loved ones. It is rather a lengthy piece. However, I feel it is probably good reference material for those that may feel it could be useful one day. The respective url’s are: