To get a gist of what this book is about, view the process of death and beyond as you would in picture the annual Hollywood Academy Award, which honours the best in artistic and technical merits in film. Winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette as a trophy nicknamed the "Oscar", depicting a knight holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film. The evening (or a few) before this most glitzy of award events and its high-point, crème de la crème "after parties" to celebrate their fortune or commiserate their losses, however, in a comical, thrift-store like setting, “Razzies” (plastic raspberries stuck to the top of a film canister) are bestowed upon the year's worst Hollywood films. Though not regarded by critics as truly serious – in showcasing abysmal contenders but seen more as in thrall to celebrity – the Razzies have nevertheless become synonymous with America's most heinous crimes against cinema that deserve to be named and shamed. Awardees may use the occasion to laugh at themselves; still, the central idea of the award is that they are shamed because they were deemed personally responsible for choosing to act in a bad film.
Despite this analogical comparison, however, the transition from Earthlife to the Afterlife rarely reveals the high-spirited accomplishment of crusading knights, but mostly of feelings of shame – even for Called Ones, Missionaries. Testimonies tell that it is no laughing matter either, for those who have committed the most heinous crimes against the Laws of God. We all will get the death we have prepared for ourselves, whether gentle or difficult.
These teachings from Spiritual Helpers and testimonies from human beings who have passed on to the Beyond are shared with us, to draw practical applications on a path so many of us do fear to think of much less talk about. By becoming aware in time of certain wrong life choices, as well as understanding some faults and propensities, one can then start untying many a shackle, a task that becomes much harder to do in the Afterlife, as revealed.
A must read especially for any one interested in learning how one's body should be treated after death, for an easier than normal journey to the Afterlife. But even more so for palliative caregivers where sometimes a dying person struggles before the inevitable that stands at his or her door. Knowledge and testimonies shared can serve as adjunct to palliative medicine, in how to talk to dying ones in thoughts or words for them to understand that the more they refuse the obvious the more they render the transitioning painful. Which can happen otherwise – starting at the moment when one lets go and accept to leave, to die.