Life and Death


I was raised in a secular home. There was no talk of heaven or an afterlife. This life was all there was. And yet at the age of five I dreamed I died. My parents and friends circled over me, weeping, their tears striking my face as I released my final breath. But there was no darkness. Instead, a little cloud pushed its way out of my chest and rose to a position above the circle of mourners. Suddenly I was there, looking down. I wanted to tell them, “It’s OK. I’m still here. I’m still me.” But they couldn’t hear. They didn’t understand.

Later, as a confirmed atheist, I tried to dismiss the dream. But I couldn’t. All my life I’ve sensed, both before and after coming to believe in the Author of life (Acts 3:15), that to ignore death is to miss the meaning of life.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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18 Responses to Life and Death

  1. That is some beautiful memory Mitch. Thank you for sharing it.

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  2. Forrest Pasky says:

    Always enjoy reading your pieces Mitch.
    Thank you.


  3. Hi Mitch, similar background: secular upbringing, Athiest in younger years, a stitt in religiosity (25 years.) Now a confirmed Agnostic but a strong believer in an afterlife. The poem at expresses the quandry of a creative person who is facing the oblivion of death and thinks of his work facing oblivion as well. Perhaps I should write a final stanza where the light of that hope of the after life breaks through—or at least glints, somewhere off in the distance. VMK

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  4. Before my nephew in his 50’s died….about six months before, he told us, “I died”. He said the little girl that he used to walk to elementary school with met him and held his hand. She died at the age of 9 in a car accident.

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  5. Before I became a believer, I used to have anxiety attacks over death. Now, I am unafraid, knowing I will arrive in my Father’s embrace and walk with Him – and many others – in eternity.

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    • prinxy says:

      If only A Believer will Know what Life after Death is, He or She will be willing fulfill their purpose On Earth quickly…. There is no greater Joy than Going to the Father (God)….

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  6. prinxy says:

    👏👏👏 cannot truly express the excellence in this article, I just have to celebrate you….
    “To ignore death is to miss the meaning of life.” God bless you for this

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  7. That was a profound dream that you had at the age of five. You rose above and looked down. You are an exceptional person to have that experience as a five year-old. I could fly high above in my dream and look down, but it was not until I was older than five. After my near-death experience of cancer, I do see life differently. Especially after my neighbor died. He studied 9 years to get his license, get new roof and satellite for the house, got all brand new paint inside and out, and new furniture. He was ready to enjoy the rest of his life. Not even two months after that, he died of accident. We still mourned for his sudden death and miss his presence. Yes, our life is in the hand of the Author of Life.

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  8. nancyehead says:

    He knew you before you were born. And He never let you out of His sight. Wonderful story!

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  9. Sandi Staton says:

    God works in mysterious ways!

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