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I have been aware of Colton Burpo and Eben Alexander as two people who died, went to heaven, and then returned to tell about it. But recently I also found myself reading about Dr. Mary Neal. She also had an amazing story. Then I think to my wife, and did she experience the same things these people did as she entered heaven? I don’t know, but deep down it helps me a bit to want to believe she is in a much better place right now. I feel guilty that I could not do more to help her rid the cancer that took her away. I don’t know what jobs I still have left to do here on this earth, but I consider how kind and giving my wife was to everyone she met. She always put others ahead of herself. And I am now trying to live my life in the same way she did. I figure that she must have accomplished all her goals here on this earth. And while I don’t understand exactly what those goals were, I saw her thoughts and actions every day of our lives. Now I try to live my life in her shadow. It may just be coincidental that Colton, Eben and Dr. Mary described things in a similar way. And then to hear that many people of different cultures and beliefs have experienced the same thing forces me to think about the why. I miss my wife so much, and even after two years, she is still so much in my mind every day. But she showed me how not to fear death, and I now believe she showed me how I should be living my life. I can’t wait to be with her again ...

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