If I may Open Heaven’s Door for you…

On April 3, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Patricia

Next week, my new book “Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May Be Trying to Tell Us About Where They’re Going,” goes on sale in Canada. In the U.S., it launches in mid-May, and in England at the end of May. This book is about the death of my father, and my sister, and the journey I went on to explore some of the extraordinary gleanings and perceptions that occurred at that time. There was more at play in the universe than I had ever dreamed of. That was clear. What wasn’t apparent was what it was.
Through casual conversations with friends, I very quickly realized that my family’s experiences with the uncanny were common, not rare, but that people were often careful not to disclose them. Why would they want to be snickered at? Called foolish or superstitious or desperate? It was like the proponents of Science had created a kind of modern underground for the bereaved.
And yet, I wondered, what DID Science have to say about the mystifying phenomenon of discerning someone had died on the night of their death through inexplicable knowledge? Or sensing their presence in the aftermath, as vivid and real as can be? What DID Science have to see about the visions that the dying had, or the radiance they sometimes show? Nothing at all that justifies dismissing these sacred and exquisite moments of human connectedness, as it turns out. Nothing but the assumption, what is called the faith in ‘promissary materialism,’ that all will one day be explained by the brain.
When I open Heaven’s door, I do not mean a specifically Christian Heaven, or anything of that sort. I mean opening the door – or insisting, really, that it remain open – to mystery.
Here is some of the advance praise that I am incredibly grateful to have received from writers and physicians I have huge respect for:

“Your life is over the moment you die. So I used to believe, with something like religious fervor. And then I read Opening Heaven’s Door, and such is the power and art, the passion and rigor of Patricia Pearson’s writing that I’m not nearly so sure of myself. This is a splendid book in all the ways a book can be splendid. It is a book to be read and re-read and urged upon friends.” Barbara Gowdy, author of We So Seldom Look on Love, and Helpless
“Pearson brings her blend of humor, sympathy, and keen critical intelligence to a topic that is all too often off limits to writers of her caliber. This is exactly the smart book on the possibility of an afterlife that readers curious about the topic but leery of mush have been looking for.” –Ptolemy Tompkins, author of The Modern Book of the Dead and collaborator with Dr. Eben Alexander on Proof of Heaven and The Geography of Heaven

“Pearson has brought us something rare: a unique blend of gifted storytelling combined with exhaustive scientific research about dying, grief, and spiritual connectivity. Opening Heaven’s Door leaves us enthralled that death’s mystery may be life’s solution.” —Allan J. Hamilton, MD, author of The Scalpel and the Soul
“On the night of my father’s death,” said the author’s sister at his memorial service, “I had an extraordinary spiritual experience.” How can you put down a book that begins like that? Hardheaded and openhearted, Pearson has brought together riveting accounts of near-death experiences that will shake your assumptions about where life ends, and what death means. For seekers and skeptics alike, “Opening Heaven’s Door” is profoundly comforting, questing, and wise.” Marni Jackson, author of Pain, the Fifth Vital Sign

“In this compelling and provoking read, Patricia Pearson examines death and dying with uncommon thoughtfulness, asking questions too rarely asked. Moving and insightful, Opening Heaven’s Door is an important work for all of us struggling with the inevitably of death.” —Steven Galloway, author of The Confabulist and The Cellist of Sarajevo

“The word is out: you don’t die when you die. That’s the message from around 15 million Americans who have experienced a near-death experience, as Patricia Pearson, in sparkling prose, shows in this enormously engaging book. I know, I know: this premise causes serious intellectual indigestion in die-hard skeptics, but we should not be diverted by their leaky arguments. The fear of total annihilation with physical death has caused more suffering in human history than all the physical diseases combined. Pearson’s message is a Great Cure for this Great Fear. This book conveys deep meaning and hope. It takes the pressure off and makes life more fulfilling and joyous. There is only one reason why you should not read this magnificent book: if you have a secret way not to die. But since the statistics so far are against you, let Pearson be your guide.” –Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters


54 Responses to “If I may Open Heaven’s Door for you…”

  1. Patricia says:

    Thanks for pointing that out. As I continue my research, I’ll look for the book you mention. cheers, Patricia

  2. Cheryl says:

    Heaven’s Door page 88 Princess Diana and global consciousness brought me full stop. We were camping near Brockville the night of the accident. I bolted awake in the night to hear a car accident, screeching tires, impact, glass breaking. My family did not stir. I lay awake waiting for the sirens that never came. In the morning I loaded us into the truck to search the 401 for anything to validate my experience. As we drove, the news came on the radio. It was “the crash that was heard around the world”. All these years I have wondered why I heard it. I think I can let it go now.

  3. Rev. A. Leo Reilly says:

    As an old Catholic priest, I find Heaven’s Door very moving and plan to share it with others.

  4. Theresa Malloy-Miller says:

    Hello Patricia,

    I am sending you a heartfelt thank you for your amazing research and obvious hard work to share this life affirming book. I have just finished reading Opening Heaven’s Door for the third time. The large range of stories and research brings me a very deep sense of comfort. Our son Dan passed away suddenly 12 years ago and I actively search for information to help me understand anything about death and then what….? After Dan’s passing we had many interesting and unusual experiences that seemed to be messages from Dan – I accept them as messages from Dan. The grief counsellor that we saw did share that many people find it difficult to talk about these after life connections. She encouraged us to write about our experiences – which we did. We shared Dan’s Story with bereavement groups in Ontario and anyone else who seemed to come to us. Your book of course is at a much more in-depth level – Thank you! We thoroughly enjoyed your writing style and attention to detail. If you are interested I would certainly send you a copy of the book about Dan.

    Again thank you for taking on this important topic.

    Theresa Malloy-Miller

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