“He will wipe away every tear.” Revelation 21:4

We read and hear countless stories of deceased relatives returning to visit family, revealing healing messages. What might seem like a supernatural myth to many is actually tentatively supported by science, or at least by one scientist. Physicist Sir Roger Penrose proposes the idea that human consciousness does live on after death. He claims that death may not be as final as once feared; that humans have souls which can leave the body and live on after death.

Penrose believes that consciousness is just a packet of information stored at a quantum, or sub-atomic, level. He claims to have found evidence that this information, stored in microtubules within human cells, leaves the body after a person dies. He said, “If the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”

Fellow scientists, however, regard quantum mechanics as irrelevant to understanding how the brain works. Conventional wisdom currently goes something like this: The theory is almost certainly wrong, but Penrose is brilliant.

I was just 3 when my 5-year-old brother, Francisco, “Panchin” for short, suffered minor burns, then unexpectedly died. My parents were devastated.

Soon after his son’s death, my dad had a dream. In the dream, Panchin was levitating, hovering over him. “Panchin, what are you doing?” he asked.

The young boy looked down, saying, “I’m in heaven.” Dad was dumbfounded, and in the dream, asked, “How?” Panchin said, “Well, I got into heaven … through a little window.”

This dream brought my parents great comfort, as they were able to live beyond their guilt and anguish. They endured and survived and went on to have three more children, one of whom is now a bishop in the service of God. They regained peace of soul, knowing that they had a little angel up in heaven.

A similar story, of a deceased son returning to console a parent, is Dolly’s story. She was so grief-stricken at the sudden death of Mathew, she cried uncontrollably, day after day. She couldn’t bear it; she didn’t want to accept that he was gone.

“How can I stop crying?,” she would ask, “I no longer have a reason to live.” This went on until Mathew came to her in a dream. In the dream, he told Dolly that he was in a wonderful place. But, he said, that he could not be at peace with her crying for him all the time. He told her,“I don’t want you to cry anymore.” Dolly listened to her deceased son. She never cried for him again. She went on to serve God for five more years before eventually joining her son in death.

A third story of a son’s consolation after death comes from Margie. She lost her young son, Manuel. In her dream, Margie saw herself standing next to Manuel.

He told her, “Mother, I want you to come with me. I am in a beautiful place, full of flowers.” He knew his mom loved flowers. Margie said, “OK,” and started walking with him on a long path filled with beautiful flowers. They were her favorites and they were perfect; she can only describe it as “heaven-like.”

Then they arrived at a huge double gate. Margie stopped and told her son, “Wait, I cannot go in; you are dead and I am not. I am not ready to go with you.” She turned to look at him, but he had disappeared.

There are many believers in life after death and in the enormous comfort of knowing our loved ones live on in Heaven … my parents, Dolly and Margie are just a few.

Terice Richards is a Kingwood resident, a hospital chaplain and pastoral care minister. She is a parishioner at St. Martha Catholic Church. Email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Terice Richards
Author: Terice RichardsEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am a hospital chaplain with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. I have been writing professionally since 1981 as a radio and television news reporter, anchor and producer. I earned an M.Ed. from the University of Houston and a B.A. from UCLA. I am a certified teacher for Pre-K through 12th grade and completed the practicum for pastoral care ministry certificate from St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. I live with my family in Kingwood.

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