WhatsApps from Heaven
Bereavement in the Twenty-first Century
This is a book about bereavement and also about the many extraordinary happenings and signs from the afterlife that then followed. Louise talks about her personal experience of grief, in all its facets, and in a way that will resonate with readers who are bereaved. She also details, in careful and precise language, the succession of signs that she received, apparently from her husband after his death. She describes how to start with she was very sceptical and looked for all sorts of other explanations, but eventually, she came to accept that the signs, including WhatsApps and dematerialisations, must have come from her husband's spirit in the afterlife. She explains how these signs have completely changed her understanding of life and death. This book should bring comfort to the bereaved, and will encourage those left behind to recognise signs that are sent to them by their loved ones.
Hamlin debuts with an uplifting if far-fetched account of her search for answers about what comes after death. After Hamlin's husband, Patrick, died of cancer in 2019, she was frustrated by the clergy's noncommittal responses to her inquiries about the afterlife, until a hospital chaplain's certainty encouraged her to seriously consider the possibility of life after death. Despite having "no religious faith," Hamlin, spurred on by a close friend and spiritual healer, began to ask for signs from her husband. Early on, she asked Patrick to send her a white feather and later received a WhatsApp message from a friend who, unaware of Hamlin's cosmic request, reported that white feathers had floated down to her while she gardened. The synchronicities accumulated from there, with lights turning on inexplicably, pens going missing, and largely unintelligible WhatsApp messages coming in from friends who claimed not to have written them. As the author read up on the afterlife and visited mediums, she found comfort in her blossoming conviction that the "spirit survives, and so does love." The story sometimes comes across as a collection of portentous incidents rather than a coherent narrative, and skeptics will remain unconvinced, but the mystically minded will find pathos in Hamlin's trajectory from agnostic to believer. This has its charms.