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Is Heaven for Real?

I saw the movie Heaven is for Real last weekend. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a very sweet story about a Pastor’s four year old son who has a near-death experience during surgery. After the surgery he starts telling his father about heaven. He shares about people he saw and things he knows that he couldn’t possibly know.

Some of you know I lost my little dog Mia last fall (see Puppy Love: Mia and Me). I know it seems silly — she was just a dog after all. But it was so unexpected and our bond was so deep that it hit me extremely hard.

And I’ve found it comforting to think about things that used to make me uncomfortable, like life after death.

As a therapist, I know it’s really common for people to have an experience of their loved one after they go — to hear their voice or feel their presence.

A few years ago I had a “dream” about my grandmother right after she died. In my dream I asked her, “What do you do over there all day, Grandma?” And she said, “The same things I used to do.” I pictured her working in the garden or cooking. It was really comforting. I felt like she was letting me know she was okay.

I’ve also had several “experiences” of Mia. They were most often and most comforting right after we lost her.

Things that used to make me uncomfortable are now quite comforting. 

So, I was wondering…

If you’ve seen the movie, what are your thoughts?
Do you believe in heaven or an afterlife?
How has this comforted you in times of loss?


Vonda (“Vondie”) Lozano, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, the Wall Street Journal and on KABC Talk Radio. Vondie offers hypnosis, counseling, and workshops in Ventura. Nearby cities include Camarillo, Ojai and Oxnard.

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  • Vondie,
    As a believer in the Baha’i faith tenants I know (that may seem arrogant) but I know that there is a celestial realm.

    Heaven is a macrocosm of the microcosm of earth. We continue to learn, study, work and evolve spiritually throughout eternity. There are “vacations” but, just as on earth, our path is to grow spiritually.

    Our time here on earth is also to learn and grow. But can be likened to being a fetus in the womb of eternity and we birth into the next realm.

    When we are in the next realm there are no negative emotions as our mortal “brain” and all it’s neurochemistry is not part of the celestial body. Now that’s something to look forward to!

    Well, I could go on and on .. . in short heaven is for REAL.

    • Vondie

      Thank you Judy!
      I also believe heaven is for real. And this time here is about lessons.
      Lessons that bring us closer to God and that God-part of us – to bring us closer to being who we really are.
      Thanks for sharing.
      How is your new (not so new any more) puppy?
      I’m looking forward to getting another puppy, just not quite yet.
      Sending you love,
      p.s. I remembered his name — FREDDIE! How’s Freddie? :)

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