No matter what your spiritual beliefs are, whether you believe they simply no longer exist or that there is a heaven where they go, the fact is, they have been released from suffering (if they were suffering or about to). The truth is, they do live on in our hearts forever. As long as we keep them close to our hearts, they are still with us. So, yes. Cooper is with you forever, with no pain, no sorrow, no discomfort. Just perfect, pure love energy. Here's kind of where I stand: I believe that our souls never die. I also believe (personally) that we cannot even begin to fathom what heaven (or the other side, or whatever you call it) is like. One person's guess is as good as another. I believe we are all created from one great energy (God), and that we return to it (Him) when our time as earth-bound existence comes to an end. When we receive signs or dreams visits, or any other kind of communication from our friends on the other side of that thin veil, it is sent to us in terms that we understand, and that is why some of us envision these things as being very earth-like with human or animal form, etc. My personal belief is of a much more vibrational existence that we cannot begin to understand until we are purely a part of it again. I do believe that for those who have gone ahead, there is little separation at all. They can still exist all around us and in things we see every day. They are a part of the cosmos (again, at a vibrational level), and so are we. They can see us, but we cannot see them. Our senses are not finely tuned enough to comprehend what to look for or how to look for it. Just like the story of The Dragonfly, they can look down through the mists and see us going about our lives, but we have no concept of the limitless beauty of the world above, and the possibilities it holds. It's all a great mystery, but I have faith that our souls do live on, and that we are reunited with everyone we have ever loved. The love energy that is waiting for us, where our Bridge Kids are now, is something magnificent and beyond holy. It is. It just ...pure love existence. is So, that's where I stand, in a nutshell. Still, the fact remains that if you don't believe that there is anything at all beyond death, at least there is comfort in knowing that there is no suffering, no hunger, no torment at all. There is just absolute, complete nothingness, which can bring a peace of its own. Wow! I had no idea I would go on for so long about the subject. I must have had a lot of pent up feelings I needed to get out. ;-) I'll re-post the story of The Dragonfly so you can read it. It's lovely and very comforting.
My heart is battered and bruised, but I will not let it break. It holds such precious cargo, I must protect it now. (Susie Squillions)
"Memories of loved ones are like songs in our soul." Margaret Wakeley
BUDDY GUY AYRES~LYNCH'S RESIDENCY:
KING BING THE GOD CAT'S RESIDENCY:
In one of the stars, I shall be living.
In one of them, I shall be laughing.
And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.
~ The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery