In 2000, 2,403,351 Americans died. Considering these numbers, just about everyone will experience grief in relation to a loved one’s death. Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond is about one of those deaths.
Generally, people do not discuss death but they do want to know others survive, endure crises and experience their grief. People want to know how others persevere.
Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond ~ is a window for satisfying that curiosity. It gives the reader the opportunity to view life, death and how life is affected by the death of a loved one.
Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond ~ introduces the reader to Zac, a 21 year old who died in 2000 and who literally invites the reader to view this process.
Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond ~ is:
- a chronology of a mother’s first year of grief
- the uncomfortable emotions of grief
- living with the pain and authenticity of the struggle
- surviving the grief journey with the help, support and assistance from the other side
- validation of a continuing relationship through signs and conversations (ADCs)
- hope, comfort and peace for the grieving heart
Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond ~ demonstrates:
- the continuing relationship between mother and son after death
- confirms the belief that our loved ones continue to be a part of our lives after physical death
- demonstrates how a person can survive “the most traumatic of all losses”
Stephen Simon, Co-founder, The Spiritual Cinema Circle
Film producer–Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come
“Chris Mulligan has written a poignant, powerful book from the depth of her soul. The beauty of her journey and insights will touch your heart forever.”
“All grieving families should have access to this as the benefits to them would be so profound.”
~~~I feel that I know you personally now after reading your book, Afterlife Agreements.
It was certainly one of the most amazing and insightful books I have ever read, and I will now highly recommend it. I felt I was right in your body and could feel your emotions throughout.
God Bless you and your darling family for the gift of this book. All grieving families should have access to this, as the benefits to them would be so profound. What beautiful sons you have and an amazing husband. Thank you so much I felt it a privilege and an honor to have read this very personal account.
Kind regards and blessings, Frances Le Grice
“She writes this book to help all bereaved parents look beyond their pain to the love and lessons that remain.”
~~~Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond is beautifully written by a bereaved mother of her grief journey. It is filled with love, inspiration, and the spiritual piece that makes this book so unique. I too am a bereaved mom who has searched for years for peace and a greater understanding of life and death. It was very moving to read Chris Mulligan’s journey following the death of her son, Zac. As she wrote about afterlife agreements and contracts we set up with our loved ones prior to birth, my own beliefs were validated, implanted and solidified. The grief process is so very difficult, but to know that our children are still very much a part of our lives can help lessen that grief. Chris openly shares her “new relationship” with Zac, allowing us to know that their bond remains strong and loving. As the pain of Chris’ grief is journeyed, she reminds herself and us that she and Zac set up their contracts for growth and learning. I am grateful Chris Mulligan followed her heart and Zac’s request that she write this book to help all bereaved parents look beyond their pain to the love and lessons that remain.
Sara Ruble, Scott’s Mom
“This book has given me validation that our loved ones live on and will be there to support and comfort us especially in our most painful challenging times.”
~~~After experiencing a parent’s worst nightmare, the death of a child, everything you know to rely on vanishes. Often you question your sanity and your own innate strength to survive. Chris Mulligan’s “Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond” captures the essence of the trauma reflected in one’s thoughts, feelings, emotions and responses to extraordinary occurrences during the first months of grief. I sometimes thought I was crazy for thinking and feeling certain ways, but this book has given me validation that our loved ones live on and will be there to support and comfort us especially in our most painful challenging times. This is a must read for anyone questioning their ability to find strength and courage, get out of bed, put one foot in front of another, rebuild their life, find purpose and maybe even a hidden gift what most would view an insurmountable disaster. Thank you, Zac and Chris for giving us this Gift.
Lynn Lee, Nicole’s Mom
“I have been meaning to write and tell you how much it helped me. Thanks for your blog. I enjoy reading your thoughts.”
~~~ Hi Chris. I purchased and read your wonderful book earlier this month I have been meaning to write and tell you how much it helped me. Very cathartic to read such an emotionally truthful book, one filled with pain and hope. I’m glad for (and, yes, envious of) your conversations with Zac. I lost my son one year ago (yesterday was the anniversary) and felt him connecting with me during my daily meditations, but we do not yet converse. I remain hopeful that I will develop the ability to do this. Peter was two and died suddenly in his sleep. I don’t have to tell you what the year has been like-you know. And, yes, I was in a fog for at least 4 months; still have very few memories of that time. Thanks for your blog. I enjoy reading your thoughts.
Wishing you peace, Sheila
“I feel this book is of critical importance for those who are grieving themselves.”
Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond by Chris Mulligan, ISBN 978-0-595-42864-9 (paperback), ISBN 978-0-595-87202-2 (e-book). Published by iUniverse, 2021 Pine Lake Road, Suite 100, Lincoln, NE 68512. The book is available from Amazon, as well as other online and large bookstores. Most smaller booksellers can order the book for you, or you can purchase the book yourself through Chris’s website […] or from the publisher at […].
I chose this book because it deals with topics of interest to me: death, grief, and the afterlife. I’m not a masochist, I, like most people have dear ones who have died. Anything that can help me cope with their deaths, deal with the grieving process and know they are happy in an afterlife is welcome to me. It is a search for peace and not morbid curiosity that motivates me.
Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond is by Chris Mulligan, a mother whose twenty-one-year-old son, Zac, was killed in an accident on Sunday, October 1, 2000. In Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond Chris takes a frank and often painful look at her grieving process as she and her other son, Tyler, adjust to life after the death of her son, Zac.
I feel this book is of critical importance for those who are grieving themselves. It doesn’t picture grief as a series of “clear-cut” stages, but rather as stages you continue to cycle through even years later. It is honest in the portrayal of recovery as “one step forward and two steps back”. It is very frank in representing that while the pain may lessen and life will go on, there is no such thing as a total recovery from the death of a loved one.
A good overview of Chris’s pain and her steps in her recovery comes in the following passages:
“Having Tyler was a Godsend throughout this whole process. Of course, he was! There was no doubt that we all arranged it this way! He was quite incredible! We talked about our growth, our changes, and our conversations with Zac. Talking with him I realized that one year ago I could have never, ever imagined being where I was now. This unknown is all part of the grief process. There was no way I could have prepared myself for the magnitude of unbearable pain during the first few months and the recycling I had to endure to move through this grief. I do not think my mind would have been able to comprehend it. This is why, while grief classes can be helpful, they cannot prepare every person for their individual experience of grief.
I had to live through those dreadful steps along the way to reach my current state. Moreover, I certainly would not have believed I could reach my present status after experiencing such an intense process. It was difficult to describe now, since sometimes the pain was so excruciating and the depression was so heavy, and the other symptoms were so “ever-present” that it was hard to imagine I could ever be anywhere other than where I was at the time that I was there!
The changes in my life have been incredible. I was so grateful for where I was and for the help I received along the way to reach this position. In contemplating future conversations with others about my grief process, it would be impossible to describe where I was now without explaining what happened, why, and the support I received. I was not sure whether other people were ready to accept my explanation or understand it, or perhaps I was still caretaking of others! Perhaps I was not ready to disclose this yet.”
I asked Chris what she most wanted people to take away from Afterlife Agreements: A Gift From Beyond. Chris said it would be “That we have choices in our lives, and we have to take responsibility for them. We can choose to live after a death. They (the mourners) have a choice to go on and choose life and to choose it because their loved one is still here if they’re open and aware.”
I also asked Chris what resources she would recommend for those just going through the mourning process. She was able to narrow it down to two books, depending on the reader. For those looking to renew or find faith she recommended Getting Through the Night: Finding Your Way After the Loss of a Loved One by Eugenia Price. For those who already had a strong belief in an afterlife, she recommended Life on the Other Side: A Psychic’s Tour of the Afterlife by Sylvia Browne.
My last question for Chris was about ways mourners can open themselves up to communications from their loved ones(s), her response was simple. First, decide you CAN communicate with your dead loved one(s). Next, trust yourself, believe what you see and/or hear. Take the time to notice the signs or signals you may be getting from the other side and then cycle back through deciding you can communicate, believing what you see or hear and noticing the signs or signals. If you do this over and over eventually your loved one will get his, her or their message through.
Chris Mulligan has a Master’s Degree and has 25 years of experience in adoption/social work. She retired in February 2010. This was her début book, but she plans to write another in the future dealing with more of her healing experience and her ongoing relationship with Zac on the other side. She and her husband Jim have added a new dog; a Chihuahua named Joe to their family. Chris’s other son, Tyler, still resides in Boston. Throughout the nearly ten years since his death Zac has continued to communicate with Chris and other friends and family members through signs and conversations.
~~~By Tracy Riva “Tracy Riva Book Reviewer” (Fletcher, NC) Midwest Book Review
“This book, I think, can help others who have lost a loved one. It is filled with raw emotions and offers hope to others.”
Posted 11/10/10: Sunday morning, October 1st, 2000, Chris Mulligan received a call that every parent fears. Her son Zac had been in an accident, and she needed to get to the hospital as soon as she could. When Chris and her husband Jim reached the hospital, they were told that Zac was on life support and would not make it. The injuries to his skull were so severe he had no chance at all. After they called the family to come to the hospital, they took Zach off of life support. He fought for forty-six minutes but in the end, he lost his fight to live.
This book had me crying along with Chris. Even though she believes in reincarnation, her grief process of trying to let go of Zac in this life was profound, to say the least. She managed to make it through each day at work. Yet when she left work to go home her grief over took her. She could barley function at all.
The author leads us through her grieving process and tries hard to help others who have lost someone. It was through her belief process that she was able to connect with her son Zac. With Zac’s help, she can share with others that our bodies may die, but not our souls.
Even though my beliefs are different, through research, I have found that there are millions of people who believe in reincarnation. That each of us has the option of choosing what we want to learn in each lifetime. Zac told his mom she needed to write about what all she had been through to help others and herself to get on with life. This book I think can help others who have lost a loved one. It is filled with raw emotions and offers hope to others. It is well written and kept my attention span throughout the book.
~~~By Sandra Heptinstall “Reviewer” (Louisiana, USA) Whispering Winds Book Reviews