We often think of death with sadness, because we miss family and friends when they go to the spiritual world. But we will see them again when it is our turn to “cross over” the bridge from this world to the next. In the meantime, they are exploring the wonders of the spiritual world with the vigor of youth.
Learn more about Eternal Life
- “Life After Death” by Peter M. Buss, Sr.
Introduces some of the ideas about the spiritual world that are described in the Heavenly Doctrine for the New Church written by Emanuel Swedenborg.
- “Life After Death” by Lorentz R. Soneson (ages 7-14)
While on earth, the Lord taught that the spirit of a person does not die. The body dies - yes. But the real person inside the body lives to eternity in the next world.
- “The Life Which Lasts Forever” by Peter M. Buss, Jr.
Death is a new beginning. We continue to be the same people. We meet up with people we know. And husbands and wives who had been separated by death are reunited. This is a beautiful picture, and it can provide tremendous reassurance.
- “Death and Resurrection” by Andrew M. T. Dibb
There is an old saying that no one can get out of this world alive! We must all die, and, sad as that eventuality may seem at the time, the only way we can make sense of it is by believing the Lord’s words: those who believe in Him can never die.
Projects and activities for all ages
- Picture Someone Who Is in Heaven (ages 7-12)
Do you have a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or friend who is in the spiritual world? Draw a picture of what this person might be doing in heaven.
- Becoming a Butterfly (narrative pantomime) (ages 4-8)
A narrated “pantomime” of first being a caterpillar, then a chrysalis, and finally becoming a beautiful butterfly
- Make an Angel Snowflake (ages 8-14)
Fold and cut to produce a beautiful snowflake of angels.
- Make a Paper Angel (ages 4-10)
Color the angel, then cut and bend to make a paper angel.
- Lifeline Stretching to Eternity (ages 14-17)
Make a “timeline” showing that your life extends to eternity!
- How Would You Live Your Life If? (T-Chart) (ages 11-17)
How does the concept of eternal life affect our life decisions? What might you do differently if you didn't know about life in heaven.
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