Proof of Heaven By Megan Coyle-Stamos, FLT Columnist

by Megan Coyle-Stamos, FLT Columnist

How many times have you ever wondered, pondered the idea of “what happens after death?” This book is for you. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D. This was a gift I received for Christmas, and in one week, despite the busyness, I couldn’t put it down.

This is a shortened summary from the back cover of the book:

“Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion — and in essence makes us human — shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. He had come back. Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition. This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.”

In my experience talking with people who have lost a loved one, countless stories have been shared that leave no doubt in my mind that our soul, our spirit, or our essence goes on. Where? I don’t know.

A deceased husband is sitting softly at the end of his wife’s bed, saying: “I am OK, I am safe, I love you”; a young child visits his mother in several dreams, showing her that he is “watching over her” on planet earth. Images, voices, energetic feelings of overwhelming peace and love have been shared with me. I have heard stories from children sitting around their father’s bedside as he is making his transition, and he says, “I see my parents; I see my sister; I see my favorite dog; they are all here; they are all waiting for me.” Then he peacefully passes away.

While we can’t prove that heaven exists with our current scientific method, this book will really make you think about our human existence, and what lies beyond. May you marvel in the mystery of life … and death.

Megan Coyle-Stamos is president at Coyle Funeral and Cremation Services, working with her father, Joe Coyle. You may contact her at 419-865-1295 or