Findlen, a former social worker and now holistic life guide and “polarity therapist,” pens her first book, a spiritual journal on the relationship she developed with her deceased daughter.
When her daughter, Kori Sue, died in a Jeep accident, the author, seeking solace and torn with grief, began writing letters to Kori in her journal, exploring her pain, her rage, her anguish. Then, suddenly, Kori began to respond in letters of her own. Long the stock of mediums, Romantic poets, and mystics, automatic writing allows a writer like Findlen to overcome the seemingly unconquerable rift between the living and the dead and to explore and to heal through this writing process. Findlen’s book, the result of such an exploration, attempts to share with the living the wisdom and insight of the dead. “You should hear the Ommms here, Mom. They vibrate through everything,” Kori, the “co-author,” writes with her typical enthusiasm in describing this rather alternative afterlife in which Jesus and Buddha are buddies and the thoughts of the dead can instantly manifest. The informality of these letters and New Age after-death visions sometimes comes in a jarring contrast to the sententious wisdom Kori offers her mother. Kori takes flying lessons, then meets for playtime with some spirit children and studies with Druids. She continually counsels her mother to overcome her grief, not to lose faith, to meditate and gain spiritual balance. Eventually, after constant prodding from her daughter, Findlen begins to gain strength and start the long journey to overcome her grief and despair. Findlen and her daughter share the same casual New Age–inflected writing style, both often ending their exhortatory sentences with the exclamation “Ha!” Daughter advises her mom to anticipate the “Big Shift,” when everyone on Earth will magically undergo a mind change, but really the focus in this book is on Findlen’s transformation and her desire to turn her exploration into a book, an ambition fostered and encouraged by her daughter and her afterlife “team” of spirit supporters. Though sometimes repetitive, it’s an often engaging account of a spirit dialogue likely to appeal to spiritually inclined readers.
An intimate, healing conversation from beyond.