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There is no way I am going to address the afterlife as a whole.  Whew, (draws wrist across his brow), talk about looking for trouble.

On the other hand, filmmakers (and other artists of all kinds, and I consider literature to be an art) have tried and tried again to deal with The Other Side.

"What Dreams May Come"
Smack me on the side of the head, but today was the first time I realized the title comes from the "To be or not to be" soliloquy.  I like this for the same reason I like the "Rainbow Bridge" poem.  On The Other Side, I fully expect to have some time with my kitty Tyler, who was my companion for more than nineteen years.

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Rainbow Bridge:
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For that matter, the idea that someone would descend into hell to save a loved one resonates with me.

I like the idea that we all have a personally created heaven.  From "The Lovely Bones:"

On the other hand, this movie uses on of my favorite songs from college as background for something truly horrible.  Then again, listen to this (one of the best guitar solos ever, thank you Robert Fripp) and tell me it doesn't inspire dread:

The afterlife has choices.  From "Field of Dreams:"

The afterlife has connections.  I expect to be able to sit with my Dad at Angels Stadium to watch Spiezio's homerun in the 2002 World Series.

Originally posted to algebrateacher on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Street Prophets .

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