Bani Sodermark – 5 stars on Amazon – Interest in the fine line between this world and the next is at an alltime high. The finality of the nature of the veil is being compromised as never before, as more and more people are reporting their near-death experiences. Even die-hard sceptics are finding it hard to refute the mounting evidence of life after death. Also, many of those who have crossed the veil permanently, have, due to heightened abilities, stepped up their interaction with their loved ones on this side of the veil. There are many such accounts, for example, the Matthew books, “Heavenly Hugs” by Carla Wills Brandon, and “The Afterlife of Billy Fingers” to name a few.
Another writing genre that is growing popular by the day is fiction where the ongoing interaction between a dearly beloved member who has crossed over and the rest of the family is described. An example of this is “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold where the continuity of the interaction from both sides of the veil is described. In this book, a similar experiment has been attempted by a mother, torn apart inside by the loss of a much loved daughter, Emma, all of nineteen years old. In her own words, “..I suddenly could envision the book that I would write. It would be a book in which Emma “wakes up” on the day she didn’t. It would tell of how she experiences her new world and it would capture her spirit and her sass. It would describe a world with new sets of rules that Emma would surely find a way to break just as she did on Earth! But it would also describe the world that Emma left behind- a world that was new to those who now must learn to live in it without her. Most importantly, it would describe the link between the two worlds and the ways that Emma learns to keep the link strong.”
Emma Mebane is an extroverted, vivacious, proactive and happy nineteen year old whose primary goal in life was to make friends and spread joy and gladness all around her, even at the cost of bending a few rules of society. She is adored by her family, her friends, her coworkers, her dogs and her cat. One July morning she is found dead in her bed. Her family and friends are devastated. In the meantime, Emma has woken up on the other side and realizes how much her extended family of her relatives, friends and coworkers miss her. She learns new ways of connecting with those closest to her, and proactively setting the stage for potentially life changing encounters. She also makes friends with souls she meets on the other side and plays a vital role in broadening their ambit.
Meanwhile her family and friends are learning to deal with Emma’s loss. This book describes the entire scenario in toto, Emma’s lessons, her family’s grief and the entire process of how the Mebane family accepts the situation and moves on.