Landry (The Fall of Atlantis, 2012, etc.) remembers the teenage son she lost and catalogs the messages he sends from the spiritual beyond.
On Aug. 7, 2009, Tim Landry lost control of the truck he was driving, was propelled through the window, and died. He was 19. The author heard the sorrowful news while vacationing with her husband on their boat, and her life irrevocably changed. Following the funeral, she attempted to return to quotidian affairs and vowed that her traumatic loss would not define her family’s future, refusing to succumb to her deadening grief. And then it started: Tim began to appear in the dreams of those who loved him. His sister Kelsey dreamed that he suddenly appeared to participate in a game of billiards. Randy, one of Tim’s friends, dreamed of waking up to find Tim standing above him watchfully. Tina, Tim’s hairdresser since he was 5, received a message from him through a psychic. Confident reassurance was a recurrent theme in the communications Tim conveyed—an extension of the kindness he showed those around him before his accident. He even dispensed counsel. Two of his friends, Jillian and Sarah, had a fight, and Tim visited their dreams on the same night, urging them to reconcile. Landry, a licensed hypnotherapist who has been studying the spiritual realm for more than 30 years, deeply reflects on what she believes is Tim’s new life on a different plane of existence. She finds consolation in the imperishability of his soul. The tender, elegant prose conveys both the anguish Landry experienced when her son died and the joy of knowing he continues on in whatever form. Not all readers will find the evidence she offers for his communications persuasive—a glitch in her car might simply be that and not an electrical disturbance caused by her son. Also, the spiritual cosmology she describes is a little fuzzy—apparently mankind is entering a golden age where light overtakes darkness. Nonetheless, this is a moving remembrance beautifully told.
An uplifting account of a mother’s spiritual connection to her son.