Afterlife Serenade

I recently attended the memorial service of a man who lived a full life and died at the age of 91.  He was a Naval pilot in WW2, and enjoyed flying his whole life.  I’d never attended a military service like this before; much respect was paid by a group of Navy officers in their dress blues, performing the ceremony with the American flag, folding it up carefully, presenting it to the widow with some very touching words of appreciation re: Bob’s service to our country.  What I didn’t see coming was the sudden firing of seven rifles right outside the open doors of the funeral home — I almost launched from my body right there in the chapel!

The most interesting and unexpected moment in the proceedings came when the deceased’s daughter stepped up to deliver her part of the eulogy.  She told us how, very early that morning, she couldn’t sleep, and so went into her home office to write up what she would share about her dad during the service.  She brought a CD of Native American flute music with her to play while writing.  (She had the CD with her and held it up for us to see: a professionally published CD with a lovely Native American painting on its cover.  I include this detail to clarify that it wasn’t a home-made recording. )

She then proceeded to tell us that, when she put the CD in to play, the flute music she expected to hear was gone, replaced by “The Spirit of St. Louis” — a song from the album, The High and Mighty: A Century of Flight, which was the sound track for the same-named 1957 movie about flyingPT-AP362_BRLede_G_20100723192015 The Spirit of St. Louis piece is about Charles Lindbergh’s ground-breaking 1927 flight across the Atlantic, an event which no doubt inspired the “guest of honor” in his youth to become a pilot when he grew up.  So Gloria (daughter) kept getting a 29-second recording of Spirit coming from her player instead of the flute CD she had in the drive.  The CD was now BLANK other than the SPIRIT music on there!

Touche’ Bob :)

Gloria’s dad, known to be a fun-lovin’ prankster, really seems to have had some impressive afterlife skills going for him immediately after his passing, and used them to play with his daughter while she wrote his eulogy… which turned out to be largely about this phenomenon!  The elders in the chapel were a-buzz with Gloria’s story.  The man sitting in front of me leaned over to the woman next to him asking, “Is she serious??”  The woman nodded.  I was on the edge of my seat smiling broadly at Gloria.  It was quite something to take in, at a “straight, military” memorial service!  — which ended with the music, Anchors Away. Gotta love it.

Gloria subsequently told me the same thing happened a day later with a different CD —  The Spirit of St. Louis came on again, played twice, and disappeared.  There are more details about graphics that were appearing on Gloria’s computer monitor while this was going on!  But I’ll leave it with the music for this post.

Incidentally, spirits on the ‘other side’ seem to find it particularly easy to communicate with us via electronics.   It’s relatively simple, apparently, for them to manipulate recording devices, computers, and TVs, for instance.  I’ve seen quite a bit of evidence to this effect.  If interested, you can search “EVP,” or “electronic voice phenomena” to find info on it.

Just thought I’d share about high-flying Bob ~  in the unlikely event someone stumbles in on this blog who doesn’t believe in the eternal validity of the soul — life DOES carry on!  Anchors away!

(Bob opted not to be buried.  Had his ashes flown up in a small plane and released to the skies… )


One comment on “Afterlife Serenade

  1. Yes, These type of memorial services can be an event. I am a 30 year army vet and have attended many of these type services. Even though I know it is coming, it is still hard to get used to the volley 21 gun salute. You kind of have to prepare… not to suddenly jump ! Thank You for taking the time to attend.


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