They Serve Bagels in Heaven by Irene Weinberg is a nice read under 200 pages on her way she handled the passing of her husband, Saul. It’s often hard to watch a spouse die slowly from a terminal illness, but when they are taken from you unexpectedly, we often wonder how are we exactly to move on? In this story, Irene discusses her experiences with receiving messages, a premonition of her late husband Saul’s death, and then messages of an afterlife and heaven from him through various channels. It’s similar to the movie, What Dreams May Come, with Robin Williams and Annabella Sciorra. This eternal love that spans timelines, and time dimensions. It gives us a window at possible reincarnation through Irene’s experiences with her husband, but most importantly, I think this gives some comfort to those still on this earth. There is a constant theme through her book of love, prayer, soul mates, and finding understanding in life.
Our modern day, we can turn the TV on and see various people claiming to be mediums that are able to contact directly to the spirit world. They often give the seekers comfort that their loved ones have passed over and are “okay” in their new life. This allows the seeker to work through their grief, and be able to move on with their lives. If this helps them move on, then so be it. I don’t necessarily believe in this, but their experience is not mine, so who is to say they are wrong? It is interesting, to say the least.
I do think this book would be a nice read for someone who has lost a loved one who may not know how to cope with the loss and does not have a spiritual or religious leader to lean on. I did want to add Irene’s epilogue to this review because I thought it was a beautiful sentiment:
“I hope the story you’ve just read about Saul’s and my timeless love for each other has given you comfort and ease as you journey toward home in this lifetime.
I will be forever thankful and humbled by the gift of this book, and its wisdom in my life. I have learned that what we do in our lives on our spiritual journey affects us all; as we change, we become changers, hopefully to the universal good.
If Saul and I can leave you with one thought, one significant impression, I hope it will be that life is meant to be lived consciously, with love and kindness, not only to others but also to yourself.
Enjoy your present moments. Watch the sunset. Take that walk. Take good care of yourself. And be sure to see and love the people in your life. Let them know often, not only with your words but also through your behavior toward them, that you love and care about them.
May love light your life always,
From my heart,