I don’t usually talk about this topic outside of those closest to me, and I definitely have never spoken about it on this site. I just didn’t think there would ever be a reason to mention it, until now.

Things are gonna get heavy but stick with me.

For as long as I can remember I have always been intrigued by the afterlife. The question of what happens to us after we die is a question I think many people have. It’s a natural curiosity. I morbidly think about the deaths of my loved ones. I don’t know why, I just do. And it’s not in the sense of that I want them to die, no. I mean cause if I had it my way we’d never age and walk this earth forever. I think more about how I would feel. The pain. The loneliness. I know death is inevitable, but it’s the how and when that keeps me (hell, all of us) on pins and needles. And since I don’t know, I can only from time to time wonder.

But I don’t know how I would feel if someone told me my husband’s time was almost up? This is a double edged sword because I want to know, but I know in reality I couldn’t handle it, and beg the memory to be erased. However, this DID happen to a woman, on a very random day in her kitchen more than 10 years ago. There she was washing dishes when a powerful voice boomed into her head and told her that her husband would die soon. She didn’t know how to process this information. Where did it come from? Who said it? What did it mean?

So she did what anyone else would do and pushed it out of her mind. But in less than 3 months she would find herself laying inside her flipped over car, in snowy ditch on the side of the road next to her deceased husband. The real life woman this happened to is named Irene Weinberg, and this is her story.

Irene is the author of They Serve Bagels In Heaven: One Couple’s Story of Love, Eternity, and the Cosmic Importance of Everyday Life. This amazing memoir talks about the messages Irene received before, during and after the accident which contained a Directive from Heaven, opening her to a profound spiritual awakening that took her on a healing journey from devastating loss to a renewed sense of inner strength, spiritual wisdom and passion for life.

Irene Weinberg

Bagels in Heaven made me laugh, it made me cry, and it also let me know that just because our loved ones may not physically be here for us to touch and talk to, they are still around us, showering us with love and guiding us on our path in life. This book touched me in so many ways, especially with my Grandmother’s one year anniversary approaching in April. It helped me understand that she is still very much with me, I just have to open my mind to signs that she sends me.

What kind of signs you ask? Well, how about the time I was sitting at a red light thinking about her and out of nowhere her favorite song More Than Words came on. This made me think of her standing in the window of her high rise apartment looking at the New York City skyline sipping a hot cup of tea. Then out of no where my 4 year old breaks my thought to ask if she can have some tea when we get home. Talk about a clear and direct message. All in a split second waiting at a stoplight my grandmother wanted me to know she was there. These are the signs Irene wants us to pay attention to because they bring us solace and comfort.

Irene’s book also spoke about soul mates. The love Irene and her late husband Saul have for one another spans more than just the one lifetime, which is why I speak of it in the present tense. And thanks to a now famous celebrity medium (who I will not mention because I want you to be surprised when you read it), Irene became aware of those past lives, some of them are happy and others are more tragic than the loss that she suffered this life. But what I loved the most was reading how they come together in each of them. I can only describe their love as the type of love that’s desired by most, but sadly only experienced by few. And it got me thinking, I wonder how many lives me and Jeff have lived together before this one? I mean, how else does a Haitian guy from Brooklyn end up meeting a Haitian girl from Jersey City? I always felt it had more to do with a pre-determined fate rather than some random fluke.

They Serve Bagels In Heaven is a great read that will take you no time to finish because once you start you’ll want to keep going.

IRENE ON EMBRACING YOUR AWAKENING SPIRITUALITY 

A few weeks after I finished Irene’s book I found out that she would be hosting an intimate event in New York City to not only talk about her book but also give tips to help me tap into my spiritual awakening.

See how things come together. Don’t you just love when that happens?!

During her two hour event she taught me four keys things to help me live life full of happiness and positivity.

1 – Lovingly detach from those around her who did not exude positive energy and light

2 – Follow my intuition and only walk through doors that feel right

3 – Understand that the only things we can control in this life is ourselves.

 

Irene Weinberg
Photo Credit: Irene Weinberg

And lastly, (this is the biggie) she talked about how holding grudges and the inability to forgive (cause this is so me), stunts our own spirit from growing. It took me back to the popular saying, I’m forgiving you for ME. It makes sense when you really think about it.

Irene Weinberg

All in all, I learned so much from Irene in this little bit of time we had together. Regardless of your spiritual background there are so many life lessons that can be applied to everyone’s life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a loved one nearing a transition or if that person has already crossed over, or if you’re interested in the spiritual realm and past life romances. You can get a copy of They Serve Bagels In Heaven on Amazon.

Author: Mommy R+R

Valerie Pierre is the owner and content creator for Mommy R+R. She is a lover of food, wine & cuss words. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her comic nerd husband and their two kids. Valerie is also Co-Owner of Sisterhued. A digital collective that showcases women of color in positive lights. She also contributes pieces to MomCave TV, Fit Noire and Football, Food & Motherhood.

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