In "After This, "acclaimed author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice--what happens after we die?
In an exploration of the afterlife that is part personal, part prescriptive--Smith invites us on her journey into the unknown. She wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now, even though they are gone? Chronicling our steps along the path that bridges this world and the next, Smith undergoes past-life regressions and sessions with mediums and psychics and immerses herself in the ceremonies of organized religion and the rigor of scientific experiments to try and find the answers.
Drawing on her personal losses, chronicled in her memoir "The Rules of Inheritance, " as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process.
"After This" is unique in the power of the personal journey that underlies the book's message: What we believe about what happens next affects everything about how we live--and love--right now.