After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?

After This When Life Is Over Where Do We Go In After This acclaimed author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice what happens after we die In an exploration of the afterlife tha

  • Title: After This: When Life Is Over, Where Do We Go?
  • Author: Claire Bidwell Smith
  • ISBN: 9781594633065
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In After This, acclaimed author, and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice what happens after we die In an exploration of the afterlife that is part personal, part prescriptive Smith invites us on her journey into the unknown She wonders How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on Will weIn After This, acclaimed author, and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice what happens after we die In an exploration of the afterlife that is part personal, part prescriptive Smith invites us on her journey into the unknown She wonders How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on Will we ever see them again Can they see us now, even though they are gone Chronicling our steps along the path that bridges this world and the next, Smith undergoes past life regressions and sessions with mediums and psychics and immerses herself in the ceremonies of organized religion and the rigor of scientific experiments to try and find the answers Drawing on both her personal losses, recounted in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process.

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    • Lisa says:

      Like most people, I didn't really think or know much about spirituality and the afterlife until I experienced a huge loss. In talking about the lingering effects of grief, author Claire Bidwell Smith and a friend agree that even after the immediate loss subsides, there's still the lingering curiosity about what all this means. Losing someone you love throws your whole life into question. What are we doing here? What is the point of all this? Why do some people die young or in horrific accidents [...]

    • Melissa says:

      What a beautiful journey to embark upon with Claire. Heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and such a gift to this world -- this open conversation about death and what comes 'After This'. The letters to her daughters, included at the end of each chapter, about ripped me in two. ❤️ I will never look at death (or life) the same way.

    • Grumpus says:

      This is going to be one of my longer commentaries because this book was just, wow. Beautiful, powerful, and moving. The timing of this read (listen) dovetails with something the author and I both have in common, daughters. This is the story of an only child who lost her mother when she was about 14 and her father when she was in her early 20’s (this was an audiobook, so I didn’t write down the exact ages). She also lost a dear friend to cancer in college with whom she made a pact of a messag [...]

    • Amy says:

      Engrossing and heartfelt- Claire Bidwell Smith has done it again. This book is written with honesty and heart while taking readers on a journey not to be forgotten. It is equally as heartbreaking as heartwarming and will leave you thinking long after finishing it.

    • Lori says:

      Grief makes you crazy. If you want a one sentence review of this book, perhaps you can just stop reading here. And if you are grieving and feeling crazy, then go and get yourself a copy of this book, which is the author's one woman research project into the concept of the afterlife. After This is touching, entertaining, realistic and 'out there' at turns. The author lost both of her parents by age 25 and these events have informed her entire adult life -- wounding her deeply but also setting her [...]

    • Hannah says:

      Wow. Very rarely, if ever, have I said after finishing a book, "I'm going to read that again right now." This is a book that you will never give away. You will read it over and over with every new grief that life brings you, and hold it for comfort and refer to it for guidance. Claire speaks from the heart. She is honest about her grief and her questions about life after death, and her conclusions are practical and direct, and so universally acceptable. There is a lot of peace that comes through [...]

    • Katische Haberfield says:

      Claire, you made me laugh out loud (in a public place!) and you made me cry. The words that come immediately to mind are profound, and beautiful, tender and moving. Books about theories on the after life, reincarnation, mediums and all beliefs about what come next sometimes come across as either unbelievable, or lacking in emotional depth and credibility. None of those words apply to your book. It was a pleasure to read and it felt as though I was on the journey with you. I would recommend this [...]

    • Anna says:

      Claire Bidwell Smith, an only child, lost both of her parents by her mid-twenties. She is now a grief therapist and writer, which prompted her to embark on this journey to research the afterlife. I adored Smith's first memoir The Rules of Inheritance, so I knew I had to read After This.It becomes clear early on that Smith is not on a religious quest. Hers is a desire to connect with her deceased parents and friends, a spiritual reaching out to communicate and feel the presence of her loved ones [...]

    • Lisa says:

      A beautiful, honest book about loss, love and the search for a meaning behind it all. I love that Claire does not try to prove or disprove but just works to understand grief and ways to connect and stay connected with loved ones she has lost. A book that stays with you.

    • Leslie Wilkins says:

      Fascinating. I like that the author doesn't have any particular religious affiliation, so each avenue explored has the same approach. Very thought-provoking!

    • Katie Devine says:

      I discovered Claire Bidwell Smith's writing through her first book, The Rules of Inheritance. Between reading that stunning memoir and the new, equally stunning After This, I experienced two very profound losses. I turned my new, grief-stricken eyes toward After This, and was rewarded with humor, insight, comfort and so many examples of love in life and beyond.Reading this beautiful book, I felt I was being gently guided by Bidwell Smith along an explorative journey into the afterlife, via her e [...]

    • Teressa says:

      My review is based on the audiobookTER THIS: WHEN LIFE IS OVER, WHERE DO WE GO? was an amazingly well-researched and well-written audiobook about what happens and where we go when we die. I enjoyed it immensely. While working in grief counseling and as a hospice bereavement coordinator, Claire herself had many losses which lead her to search for answers. I liked the way the book started out with her telling the story about how she gifts butterfly kits for her daughters on their birthdays. This w [...]

    • Melissa says:

      Life changing read. Open my eyes to so much that I never thought about before.

    • Julie says:

      I loved this book, a combination of memoir and stories about death that is perfect to me, and am tempted to recommend all my friends to read, although some will not be sure of the material. Claire Bidwell Smith, is a young mother who works in grief counselling at a hospice and has written an earlier book about the death of her mother and father. Scarred by their deaths, she finds herself worrying about what would happen to her daughters if she died young.So she seeks to find out what happens aft [...]

    • MJ says:

      Claire's words make the universe feel a bit lighter. Her shifts in tone from a skeptic writer and therapist interested in exploring different ideas about the afterlife to a vulnerable, open woman wanting to make peace with her own grief make for a narrative that is both gripping and thought-provoking. I've highlighted so much throughout the book to go back and reflect on, it's a fascinating read and heartwarming journey with a woman who is determined to change the way we discuss death in America [...]

    • Sonya says:

      Claire experienced loss early in life, losing both parents before the age of 30 and a couple friends along the way. I found this book interesting because unlike many others of similar subject matter that I have read, this one actually feels like the author isn’t stretching the truth or misleading readers. Claire has several different sessions with psychics and mediums with hopes to learn more about the afterlife and even possible past-life experiences. I appreciated the honesty and openness sh [...]

    • Kim Hooper says:

      I really enjoyed this book. All of us wonder what happens when we die (and when our loved ones die) and this book takes a thoughtful look at that. I appreciated that Smith had a bit of skepticism (as I would, too). She's a grounded, "normal" person, not "out there." This book made me think a lot about the present moment and coming to peace with that inevitable future all of us share.P.S. I rarely think audio is better than a traditional read, but Claire Bidwell Smith's voice is so soothing. Grea [...]

    • Alicia says:

      This was a fascinating survey of different beliefs about the after life encountered after the author experienced many deaths of people close to her. She visits mediums (surprisingly accurate); astrologers (also accurate); past life regression therapists (mixed); and a shaman who did a soul retrieval (the most effective in healing her grief, it seemed). What made it interesting is that she had no beliefs or strong feelings on the subject herself, so you're accompanying an agnostic, open-minded, b [...]

    • Darlene Basch says:

      I'm a psychotherapist who works with many people looking for understanding about death, the soul and the afterlife. I found "After This" to be a beautifully written, open memoir of the author's journey. I've already sent a copy to a young friend who lost her mother in her early 20's and has no relationship with her father. I'm sure she'll find comfort in its pages. Thank you Claire for sharing your experience.

    • Bonnie says:

      Loved reading this. After this, is definitely a question I ask myself too. You write about your search in clear and precise words and I connected with your writing style. I look forward to reading more books by you. Thanks for the autographed copy!(I received it from a friend at one of your readings).

    • Jaime says:

      This book sat on my shelf for weeks and months, the ARC staring me in the face. I'm not quite sure why I felt such ambivalence. But when I finally read it, I was amazed. Anyone who's lost loved ones will read this with awe and hopefully find comfort. What a beautiful journey.

    • Bob Peake says:

      Very well written, a journey to make sense of life through understanding death. Not at all preachy, the reader is left free to reach their own conclusions. And love is what glues this universe together.

    • Allysia K says:

      This book was good food for my soul this week. I think it's important to contemplate death from time to time, and I appreciated the author's quest to to find answers from all kinds of places, from mediums to rabbis.

    • D says:

      This is a travelogue and a message, not a literary art endeavor. Welcome it and read it like a diary it's refreshingly open and frank and gave me faith in my own experience.

    • Chris Schreck says:

      I just lost my mother this book gave me peace

    • Tricia says:

      fantastic! Anyone who has had a loved one die needs to read this book.

    • Donna Wellard says:

      While the title of the book grabs your attention, I found it didn't truly reflect the content of the book, which was more about the author's personal grief-driven exploration of a variety of new age, non conventional sources to connect with those in her life who have died. She is especially drawn to mediums! Having said that, there were some intense, thought provoking truths that really hit home for me. For example "The body is the shell. Period. In the moment of death when the body is separated [...]

    • Sue says:

      The word craft of "After This" is excellent, but does not seriously address the question of the title. It is also repetitive with lots of wallowing in love/grief.Multiple times the author and her friends go to various mediums and psychics and are told amazing things: Your [dead] mother loves you!!!!!!! Their astonishment and tears sadden me. Now repeat the scenario multiple times for deceased relatives,friends, etc. A tearful love fest. That's nice, dear. The question of the title: Where do we g [...]

    • Mimi says:

      Bidwell Smith explores the meaning of life after death with firsthand losses and deep meaningful exploration of life here on earth. She brings you along her journey for answers and revelations alike. It’s simplicity is refreshing, written with such with care and grace. I especially like how she uses her letters to her daughters to provide a summary of her findings as well teachings for them (and the reader).

    • Katness Harriet says:

      I enjoyed Claire Bidwell Smith's objectivity. It didn't hurt that our stories are strikingly similar, from early loss, raising paired children (she has two daughters close in age, mine are boys), down to sharing a birthdaycluding the personal destruction and reconstruction of oneself while making sense of the grief process. Her book made me feel like I was no longer so alone in this internal soup.

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