The next place that I go
Will be as peaceful and familiar
As a sleepy summer Sunday
And a sweet, untroubled mind…..
I had heard about The Next Place by Warren Hanson from a number of people. It was one of those books that kept popping up on my radar whenever I started researching books for grief.
Although a picture book, I believe it is for children and adults alike. It tells, in very simple illustrations and text the story of what happens when we die, the afterlife if you like. It is a spiritual book without being specifically religious, though clearly describes a most heavenly place in terms of environment and oneself.
When I was reading it, I just experienced the most wonderful feeling of comfort and peace. I believe in life after death so for me, it just reinforced what I already believe to be true. It filled me up with a sense of awe that this awaits those of us who leave our earthly bodies and venture forth on the next stage of our journey. It affirms that my loved ones who are no longer here with me on earth are indeed at one with themselves and the universe. It’s an incredible uplifting and inspiring book.
The publishers describe it thus, “The Next Place is an inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind. An uncomplicated journey of awe and wonder to a destination without barriers……….it is above all a celebration of life.”
Warren Hanson is not only an accomplished writer, but an artist, speaker and musician. His book, The Next Place was published in 1997 and according to his publisher has brought peace and hope to over 600,00 people nationally. Warren himself writes this about his book -
“The Next Place is a peaceful, comforting, quiet and hopeful book for times when we face the loss of someone we love. Or for when we face the reality of our own certain death. It is very deliberately not a traditionally religious look at death and the hereafter. We live in a world of many beliefs and backgrounds. I did not want the book to leave anyone out of its message of comfort. So I created the words and the illustrations in such a way that I hoped the reader would bring his or her own faith to it. Since the book came out, it has been embraced by people of many different religions and beliefs.”
Go treat yourself and everyone else you know with this little gem of a book about living and dying, about hope and comfort, about life stretching on……in the next place.
The very air will fill with brilliance, as the brightly shining sun
And the moon and half a million stars are married into one.