Dad & Mom at xmasSMI’m a Spiritualist at heart. I believe our Souls live on forever and that if we so choose, we even reincarnate. I believe that the “veil” between this world and the next isn’t as heavy and thick as some would have us believe.

February 1st is the anniversary of my Dad’s physical death. He passed away back in 1996. I talk to him frequently and at times, I’m even open enough to “hear” him answer.

At the time of Dad’s death, Ozzy Osbourne’s song “See You on the Other Side” was just released and it was being played constantly.  During the 1000 mile drive from my home in Philadelphia to my family’s home in western Wisconsin, I went through lots of radio stations along the way and almost all of them were playing that song. I heard it played dozens of times and I cried with every one of them.

Leaving, I hate to see you cry
Grieving, I hate to say goodbye
Dust and ash forever, yeah…

If you aren’t familiar with the song, it’s about dying, leaving behind those you love, but anticipating seeing them again – on the Other Side.  It was just so eerie, that song by one of my favorite artists being played non-stop when my Dad suddenly died from a heart attack.  As far as I’m concerned, “See You on the Other Side” is our song – Dad’s and mine.

Though I know we must be parted
As sure as stars are in the sky
I’m gonna see when it comes to glory
And I’ll see you, I’ll see you on the other side

Fast forward to 2013 – 17 years since Dad’s passing (where did the time go?).  I mentally mark the anniversary of Dad’s death and always think of him a little more keenly that day.

During most days, I listen to a heavy metal / rock internet radio station. I don’t remember ever hearing that song played, even with hundreds of hours of internet radio under my belt. After all, it has a special place in my heart so if I heard it, I would have remembered it. I had never heard “See You on the Other Side” played on the stations I listen to.

Until Friday, February 1, 2013 …

I was sitting at my computer with the music playing in the background.  I only had to hear the first few cords and my fingers froze on the keyboard.  I listened to the haunting words that always touch the deepest places in my heart:

Voices, a thousand, thousand voices
Whispering (whispering), the time
Has passed for choices

Some would say this was a “Coincidence”, this song playing on the anniversary of my father’s death.   I say it was my Dad reaching out to me “from the Other Side”.

Reaching back from the other side of the Veil to tell me he knew I still hurt, but that it would be okay.  Reaching out to tell me that he is still there, still with me, patiently waiting until my time to join him.

I love you Dad, and miss you.  I look forward to when I will See You on the Other Side….

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This is my favorite photo of Dad because it just simply captures his personality. Relaxed, happy, but with just a touch of mischief always ready to pop out.

The Lyrics:

Voices, a thousand, thousand voices
Whispering (whispering), the time
Has passed for choices
Golden days are passing over, yeah
I can’t seem to see you baby
Although my eyes are open wide
But I know I’ll see you once more
When I see you, I’ll see you on the other side
Yes, I’ll see you, I’ll see you on the other side
Leaving, I hate to see you cry
Grieving, I hate to say goodbye
Dust and ash forever, yeah
Though I know we must be parted
As sure as stars are in the sky
I’m gonna see when it comes to glory
And I’ll see you, I’ll see you on the other side
Yes I’ll see you, I’ll see you on the other side
Never thought I’d feel like this
Strange to be alone, yeah
But we’ll be together
Carved in stone, carved in stone, carved in stone
Hold me, hold me tight, I’m falling
Far away. Distant voices calling
I’m so cold. I need you darling, yeah
I was down, but now I’m flying
Straight across the great divide
I know you’re crying, but I’ll stop you crying
When I see you, I see you on the other side
Yes. I’ll see you. See you on the othe side
I’m gonna see you. See you on the other side
God knows I’ll see you, see you on the other side, yeah
I’ll see you. See you on the othe side
I’m gonna see you. See you on the other side
God knows I’ll see you, see you on the other side, yeah
I wanna see you, yeah, yeah, yeah, see you on the other side
God knows I’ll see you, see you on the other side, yeah
I’m gonna see you. See you on the other side

Songwriters: OSBOURNE, OZZY/KILMINSTER, IAN FRASER/WYLDE, ZAKK

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Dad holding Sparkles, one of my sweet little dogs, during a vacation back home to the family farm.

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Dad holding my neice Jessica. As of the writing of this blog, Jessica is now in her second year of college!

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Dad with my kid brother at Christmas, circa 1970.

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Dad, my brother Guy and Nippy, our black & tan coon hound.

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Dad was always quick to laugh!

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“Cowboy George”
Dad was a rodeo “bucking bronc” rider in his youth. This photo was taken long before he ever met my mom.

Still a cowoy at heart, here Grandpa George puts the hat on baby Jessica.

Still a cowoy at heart, here Grandpa George puts the hat on baby Jessica.

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Dad was born and raised on a dairy farm Here he is with a newborn calf.

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Dad absolutely LOVED the big draft horses. This was a young horse, not yet fully grown, who had been sick and nearly died, but Dad nursed him back to health. Here he accompanied the youngster for some time in the sun and a taste of fresh grass.