I think they are there to greet us at the Pearly Gates…

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 | Filed under Handy Tips

Tonight I went to the John Edward live event here in Sacramento.

Do you know John Edward?  He had a show on TV called, Crossing Over.  Did you ever see it?

Basically, he can hear dead people.

I have always been fascinated by his TV show because he seemed so genuine and the audience felt so grateful to him.

So,  when I heard he was coming to town for one night only several months ago, I got online and purchased a ticket.

I wanted to go and see for myself.

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John Edward. Do you know of him?


I left my house so I could be there in plenty of time.

Or so I thought…

When I arrived at the hotel where the event took place, it was evident that I had miscalculated the popularity of this show.

OMG.  The place was packed!  Literally, the line wrapped around the entire lobby of the hotel and doubled back on itself like a large, human snake.  I was shocked.

I went to the end and stood there – for an hour!

But, luckily, all the people standing around in my general area were quite interesting.

While joining in polite conversation, I tried not to think about that ‘quick dinner’ I was going to have time to eat nor the fact that I needed to use the restroom.

Luckily, my line-buddy let me leave to get a glass of water.


After an hour, the line started moving as they let us all in – I think there were 630 people, but I’m not sure.

Once seated, the reality set in that clearly, my chances of hearing from any of my deceased loved ones were fairly miniscule.  After all, the show was only 120 minute long and by the stories I heard while standing in line, most of those that came really, really, really wanted to connect with their loved ones – and they had more tragic or moving stories than I did.

Truth to tell, I felt kinda sheepish knowing that I hoped to connect with one human friend, but mostly my passed pets…

So, I settled into my chair with my new friends around me and waited for the show to start.

I looked around the room at all the expectant faces and felt the longing and hope from their hearts.

It was palpable.


John Edward came out and filled the room with positive and delightful energy.  He was quite engaging – in a personal and human way.

As expected, the show took off at a run in a whirlwind of astounding perceptions and eager validations.

Truly, I was amazed and very emotional… the people around me who were touched by John showed visible relief and torrents of emotion.  I was even crying during some of the realizations and confrontations.

I am a skeptic and I was watching – (having seen the movie with Steve Martin and Debra Winger LEAP OF FAITH)  but I don’t think there is any way that this could have been faked.  The insights were very specific.

This movie made me a skeptic... but not after what I saw tonight!

This movie made me a skeptic… but not after what I saw tonight!

I found myself wanting to be next.  Really Really Really wanting to be next.

If you have never watched his show, you might want to catch it when you can.

Amazing.  I left feeling contented and hopeful.

And even though he didn’t get to me, my heart was happy and light.



The best part for me was that he mentioned pets several times during the show…  “Your white cat is there with your father…”.

John even stated that pets are there to welcome us when we cross over.

That gave me a big smile.

This is his FB page.

This is his FB page.



The other part that made me happy was that I think he was just starting to be pulled in my direction when the show needed to end.

I’m probably hallucinating and being very hopeful but…

He said, “Who here has many dogs and they are named after Hollywood celebrities or famous people?  I keep getting Marilyn Monroe?…”

I thought that was for me.

So, tentatively, I began waving frantically in my section – kindof feeling silly but also really excited inside.

…But he didn’t see me and then he moved onto his closing statements.

However, I took that as a gift from my good friend Nancy who passed recently who loved all of my dogs (all named after famous people) and who commented daily on my donkey, Norma Jean’s, Facebook page.

She was named after Marilyn Monroe.

Whether I was grabbing at something meant for me – or just hoping… – in any case, I felt buoyed by the thought that our departed friends and animals watch us in the afterlife and wait there patiently to love us again.

After all, isn’t that what it is all about?  Whether real or imagined, we all just want to be loved while on earth and welcomed to where we go next…

Tonight, in that room, we all felt it.



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  1. Nancy Reeves

    I do remember his show and had always loved watching it… nice to hear of someone who actually went to one of his shows! I loved that he used the word “validate” often…arent we all looking for that everyday. And as a Mom who has lost a daughter (my best friend)…I could only imagine what that connection would be like…maybe someday but not yet. Part of the grief process is the hope that we will be reunited someday…a small sliver of light in the dark of the days… Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jody Brittain

    I have seen his show crossing over. I do feel that he is genuine, only I do have a hard time believing what he tells people, or sees and hears from the other side is true. But then this life is so full of mysteries, as well as the next life too. He gives people hope, and I think this is important. So I watch in amazement.

  3. MET

    I remember his show Crossing Over so well. He was always seeing people’s departed pets. Sometimes the person wouldn’t recognize the pet he described, then would call a family member and learn that yes, that was Uncle Wally’s dog, he died before you were born (there was great follow-up, as part of the show). I bet it was Nancy. How great for you!

  4. Ronnie

    Thank you for this so beautiful & heart-warming post! I so needed to respond! I too have lost many animals & hope to be reunited at the “Rainbow Bridge.” Our fur babies are family, some with a special bond. This is so with my Kitty (her name:) who crossed after 23 years with me. My vet said she never saw such a bond, meaning, my Kitty’s interaction with me too. So I am more heartened from reading this post that we WILL meet again <3. Lastly, it is obvious that John Edwards did mean YOU when he spoke of dogs named after famous people, & especially, Marilyn Monroe, your donkey, Norma Jean! He wanted to get to YOU but his show was ending. Trust this. John Edwards did connect with your friends & animals. Your animals from beyond are waiting patiently until you all meet again. When "…you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart." LOVE! The JOY!

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