An excerpt from Pieces of the Puzzle, Volume 2 – Our Reality by Trinda Latherow.
In Loving Memory of Mother
It still seems like yesterday when we were all gathered around the kitchen table enjoying one of her great meals, homemade pies or cakes, telling stories, and laughing about all of the crazy things each of us did while growing up. My mother-in-law and matriarch of the family had become a young wife, mother to three (the youngest being my husband), grandmother to six, great-grandmother to twelve and great-great-grandmother to two in her life. She married her high school beau and was eventually, blessed with countless more children as an elementary school cafeteria manager. She taught herself how to play the organ, baked to perfection, enjoyed the outdoors, and loved her family. She was beloved by many, but especially her husband of greater than six decades.
When her husband passed away before her, she quickly succumbed to Dementia, drifting in and out of our reality and into another for nearly a decade. We hoped it was a better one, but all we knew for sure was that she would occasionally come back to us or see us, know us, and love us once again, if only ever so briefly. It was our bond of love, which most likely kept her here for so long, but also that which would eventually allow her to peacefully, return whence she came at the age of 92.
While family and friends were having a hard time with her slowly slipping away from us, my husband and I prayed she was visiting with Dad and loved ones who had gone on before her. We prayed the angels were guiding her both here and there. We prayed she knew of how much we loved her, but wished her spirit free. Bedside with her daughter until she passed, the time we all awaited came when we were asked to leave her room. With a change in caregivers, Mother found that fleeting moment when she could leave without any fuss. More times than not, our loved ones quietly transition when our attention is elsewhere, most assuredly for our benefit, for it is our bond of love that causes them to do so. It is love that allows them to move on more easily, peacefully, and joyfully reunite with those who have gone on before.
It is a difficult thing to say good-bye to our friends and loved ones, but whenever we see the blessing instead of the loss, we remember that death is but a transition into another reality and the bond of love we formed here is never truly broken. It is as eternal as we are. This is not an empty promise to soothe the soul, but a truth or knowing that comes to us whenever we experience the miraculous or simply unexpected. Whenever we are a witness to the supernatural in the natural world. Whenever we are a witness to the many wonders of this reality and glimpse something of yet another. Whenever we are a witness to a greater power and presence that is active in our world and us. Know that not only is there is the miraculous within the mundane or unexpected within our world and us, but also that it can indeed be recognized by us, if we are first open to being a witness. If only we would come to see all of our blessings instead of our losses.
Mother was a blessing in our lives and is remembered here as a reminder to all to see the countless blessings in your life, your family members, friends, and beloved animal companions. See your interconnectedness to everyone and everything. See the eternal bonds that you are creating through all of your relationships. Gather around the kitchen table, share in meals together, tell your stories, and laugh about all the crazy things each may have done while growing up, but also try to recognize your many blessings. Live a wondrous life filled with countless experiences. Remain open to the miraculous. Appreciate this gifted life. Then, whenever your divine time comes to but simply cross over into another reality, you are sure to pass more easily and peacefully by simply knowing that the bonds of love you formed here go with you there into an afterlife and infinite beyond.
Pieces of the Puzzle (2015) by Trinda Latherow
One title, four volumes, and countless stories that tell of both the mysterious and miraculous aspects to our world and us. An epic adventure for the soul.
Volume 1 – Psychic Phenomena
Recognizing the once unseen world around us.
Volume 2-Our Reality
An inquisitive look at our perception of reality and a destiny by divine design.
Volume 3-The Afterlife and Infinite Beyond
The reality of an afterlife is what we can if only first believe and perceive of it to be.
Volume 4-Spirituality and Faith
At the center of everything we think, say, and do is our spirituality and faith.
I invite you to join me in the adventure of a lifetime, a spiritual quest for the truths to our existence as I ask, “Who are we and where did we come from, but more importantly, why are we here?” Along the way, we will meet an eclectic group of people worldwide who each may hold an essential piece of the puzzle to our existence. Discover an unseen world around us, as we delve deeper than ever before into psychic phenomena, our reality, the promise of an afterlife, and what it truly means to be a more spiritually minded human being. Find the answers you seek for even greater enlightenment in our walk together along a path of mysteries and miracles alike in Pieces of the Puzzle. ~Trinda Latherow
Pieces of the Puzzle (Oct 2015)
Volumes 1 – 4
By Trinda Latherow
Available in Print and Digital Format
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“What an informative story you have in Pieces of the Puzzle. I enjoyed it very much and believe your book will find a readership. Bravo! Your readers will be able to identify with your commonsense approach to this difficult and sometimes mysterious subject matter. You handled it well.” ~S.V., Editor
Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know how much I am enjoying your book. Trusting everything I’m reading is true – makes it so powerful for me. I’ve always been a “hopeful” believer having had a few moments myself that went beyond coincidence. This life would be nothing if there wasn’t M-O-R-E. Thank you for sharing your moments and making “HOPEFUL” feel more like “REAL.” Now I can look to the heavens and smile in belief. Sincere thanks and best of good wishes with your books. They’ll be great successes! ~Camille
Thank you again for all you have done for mediumship and the connections to spirit. ~Blessings, Barbara
Trinda, The book arrived special delivery on Sunday. I started reading it, and can’t put it down. It is really fascinating. I am enjoying how you came to know about Spirit. Harriett, God bless her! I look forward to the next volumes. Keep up the good work. Your book will touch a lot of people. Well, take care and keep in touch. ~Todd
Fabulous! It’s really good, Trinda, I can’t put it down. You’re such a good writer. I gave one to my Mom, too. I like how it can apply to anyone reading it. ~Jen 11/10/06
I think you did a wonderful job with your book and I was very happy with the outcome of your section on Sandy. It’s nice to find a writer who captures the true passion and knowledge of the person they are interviewing and you have done that…loved the book…not just the section on Sandy (although that was my favorite), but the entire book ‘feels good’ and I know you know what I mean by that. ~In light, Lisa
The recipients of “Pieces of the Puzzle” were Linda, Janet, Ann, Loni, Tina, and Sharon. They were all thrilled and looking forward to reading it. ~Theresa
Trinda, First off, let me begin by telling you that I thoroughly enjoyed your book. Well done! Thanks again, Trinda, for your wonderful book. ~Elizabeth
Hi Trinda! I met you at the Parapsychology Expo. I have only a few pages of your book left to read. I really have enjoyed reading it very much and am looking forward to reading the others that you are working on. Keep me posted, if you have such a list or I will keep checking your website. Take care. Many blessings. ~Nancie
I finished the book early last week. I think you did an amazing job and am happy to know you. You are soon to be in a position with a huge influence. ~Respectfully, Aaron
Trinda, I’m writing to let you know how much I enjoyed your Volume 1. ~Love, blessings, and light to you, Sharon