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My Son and the Afterlife

Conversations from the Other Side

Elisa Medhus, M.D.

Love Knows No Boundaries—Even Death

Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physician, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son, Erik, took his own life. Then one day, he reached out from the other side.

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Book Description

Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physician, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son, Erik, took his own life.

Then one day, he reached out from the other side.

Intimate, heartbreaking, and illuminating, go on an incredible journey from grief and skepticism, to healing and belief. Based on Medhus’s wildly popular blog Channeling Erik, My Son and the Afterlife provides answers to the most universal questions of being human.

At once tragic and uplifting, Erik speaks from the other side with candor, wisdom, and depth as he describes his own experiences and provides new answers on the nature of souls, death, and the afterlife—answers that have the potential to change our lives forever.

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Meet the Author

Elisa Medhus is a physician and mother of five who has practiced internal medicine for over thirty years. She is the author of three award-winning parenting books and has lectured on parenting for schools, parent groups, and corporations. After the death of her twenty-year-old son Erik, Dr. Medhus began journaling her grief in her blog ChannelingErik.com. 

A strong believer in science, she formerly viewed spiritual matters with skepticism. Once Erik began to communicate with family, friends, and blog members, her entire paradigm shifted. After devouring books on the quantum physics explaining the science behind spirituality, Dr. Medhus began her journey towards spiritual understanding and belief.

Press Reviews

“Dr. Elisa Medhus offers a heartfelt, deeply moving story that invites readers to question their own beliefs of love, loss, and the afterlife.”

Eben Alexander, MD
author of NY Times bestseller Proof of Heaven

“Erik's messages are poignant, profound, informative and entertaining, and above all give us that assurance that we all long for – that there is life beyond death, and that all is well there. Erik’s words help our minds to understand, but most of all he helps our hearts to heal and our joy to soar. Thank you, Erik.”

Christine Elder
author of Broken Blessings

“Elisa’s journey has been amazing, and she is well-qualified to share her knowledge with both the medical community and the grief community. She has the credentials to bridge the gap that often exists between these two groups, and by doing so, she is breaking new ground and leading the way for many of us working in the field of bereavement, hospice care and consciousness.”

Terri Daniel
Author, educator, end-of-life advisor, and Interfaith Chaplaincy; founder of the Afterlife Education Foundation and the Annual Afterlife Awareness Conference

My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations From the Other Side contains the clearest, most informative answers to questions about what happens after a person passes into the afterlife that I have read in one book. The topics explored range from very human, personal issues such as who greets the person after their passing to insightful descriptions of the nature of consciousness and reality.”

R. Craig Hogan, PhD
author of Your Eternal Self

My Son and the Afterlife is a book that will tug at your heart strings, make you laugh, cry, and, more importantly, consider possibilities that you had probably never thought about before. This book...is as real, authentic, and straightforward as it gets. ”

Thomas Campbell
physicist and author of My Big TOE (Theory of Everything)

“I was touched by the continuing dialog between mother and son, finding it both comforting and enlightening. Don’t be surprised if Elisa’s story alters your ideas about the nature of reality too.”

Mark Ireland
author of Soul Shift: Finding Where the Dead Go and Messages from the Afterlife

“Dr. Medhus meticulously guides us through her own epiphany as she, a medical doctor, an exploring mind, and suddenly a re-focused mother finds the intensely personal strength to understand her son's suicide and its larger meaning in the Nature of which we are all part, and the courageous professional strength to bring her realizations to us.”

Marco M. Pardi, MA, DPS
Anthropologist-Thanatologist

“Dr. Elisa Medhus has approached her conversations with her son Erik in a courageous and systematic way, using all the analytical skills of a trained scientist. She asks Erik the hard questions that any parent who has lost a child would want answers to and more. Erik answers all these questions with his own characteristic laid-back directness in a no-nonsense way that brings our understanding of the afterlife into the twenty-first century. ”

Dr. Victor Sammit
author of A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife
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From the Beyond Words Blog

A Skeptic's Journey-Guest Blog by author Elisa Medhus, MD

When my son, Erik, took his own life 4 years ago, naturally I was devastated, but 2 things made it worse: I’m a physician. Science taught me that something’s not real unless you could perceive it with your senses. Being raised by atheists didn’t help. These two things made it excruciatingly difficult to answer that important question: Where is my son? Is he anywhere at all? Then something happened that changed everything. Three days...

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