Earlier this week I posted to another Blog I maintain (Like Water in the Desert). I suggested to the readers that they look at a review of the movie Hereafter. The film is reviewed by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat and their observations are posted on their site called Spirituality & Practice. They interweave quotes from Mitch Finley’s book Whispers of God’s Love: Touching the Lives of Loved Ones After Death with their review of the movie.Their review has helped me put this film on my “Must see” list.

Their review is introduced by these words from Finley

The ultimate fear, philosophers and psychologists tell us, is the fear of death. We can trace all our other fears, small and large, to our fear of death. On the level of the unconscious, we adopt all kinds of tactics to avoid thinking. In particular, we do not want to think about our own mortality. “Why be so morbid?” we may ask. But there is nothing necessarily morbid about pondering the reality of death. No need to be preoccupied with it, of course. But from time to time, it’s healthy to consider our own mortality. If, from time to time, we reflect on, and accept, the fact that our days are numbered we are more likely to inhabit the earth in a more loving, more responsible manner. If we accept our own mortality, we will find it easier to love other people, knowing that they, too, have but a time to live on the earth. Indeed, we’re all in this together. As the old saying has it, no one gets out of here alive. So, the only sensible way to live is with compassion, forgiveness, and tolerance. from Whispers of God’s Love: Touching the Lives of Loved Ones After Death.

I encourage you to read their review of Hereafter (and others if you must) and then make up your own mind about seeing or not seeing the film. As you read the review I hope that you will find the quotes of Mitch Finley to be thought provoking and material for your journal (if you keep one); at the very least may his thoughts provide material for your prayers and meditation.

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