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 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 memoirThe 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.
After This is unique in the power of the personal journey that underlies the book’s message. What we believe about what happens next affects everything about how we live–and love–right now.
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Read a profile of Claire and After This in the Los Angeles Times
Praise for After This:
Claire Bidwell Smith, with her writer’s heart and therapist’s mind, has written a stunningly generous book alive with curiosity, humility, skepticism, and bravery. In After This you will teeter on the edge of the Spirit world; and whether you believe, or wish to, or simply can’t, Bidwell Smith has written the most inspiring book about death you will ever read. –Christa Parravani, author of HER: A MEMOIR
Claire Bidwell Smith’s tender journey of love and loss will leave you feeling connected and hopeful. —David Kessler, co-author of ON GRIEF AND GRIEVING with Elisabeth Kübler Ross
A transfixing ode to the enigmatic cycle of life and death, AFTER THIS will resonate with seekers and skeptics alike. Grief therapist Claire Bidwell Smith explores in lyrical prose tricky existential terrain with compelling philosophical persistence, humility, and poise. You will not forget this book. —Aidan Donnelley Rowley, author of LIFE AFTER YES