Losing a loved one is one of the toughest things we all face in our lives.
I’m sure you were close to your dad, and it’s normal to have questions about his passing.
Whether you’re religious or not, it’s normal to wonder, “can my dad see me from heaven?”
It’s a tough one to answer, but hopefully, I can shed some light on this and give you something to think about.
Here is what we know about the afterlife and our loved ones according to the bible and popular belief:
Can My Dad See Me From Heaven?
There are two ways of looking at this, the first is from a religious and biblical standpoint.
The Bible doesn’t give a clear answer on whether or not our loved ones can see us from heaven.
However, there are a few verses that suggest they may be able to.
In Matthew 18:20, Jesus says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
This suggests that when we think about or pray to our loved ones who have passed, they are aware of it and with us in some way.
In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells the story of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus.
In this story, when Lazarus dies, he goes to heaven and the rich man goes to hell.
The rich man can see Lazarus in heaven and pleads with Abraham to let him talk to Lazarus.
While this story is about a specific case, it does suggest that those in heaven are aware of us and can see what we are doing.
The second way to look at this question is purely from the perspective of what you believe, and more importantly, feel.
There is no scientific evidence that suggests our loved ones can or cannot see us from heaven.
It’s a matter of what you believe and how you feel. If you feel the ‘presence’ of your dad after he’s passed, that’s what really matters.
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Will You Be Reunited with Your Dad One Day?
This is a question we all ask ourselves, and again, it’s tough to answer.
The Bible does not give a definitive answer as to whether or not we will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven.
There are a few verses that suggest we may be:
In John 14:19, Jesus says, “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.”
This suggests that those who have passed away and are in heaven will one day be reunited with us.
I know some religious people also believe we all go on to live our own afterlife, but again that’s just their own belief.
For me, it comes down to what you think, believe, and feel when you ask yourself this question.
Don’t feel pressured to think one way or the other, go with what you feel – and don’t feel bad if you don’t feel although you will be reunited with your dad one day.
Dealing With the Grief of Losing a Loved One
Losing a loved one like your dad is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to go through, I feel for you.
How you deal with your grief – and this is different for everyone – will have a huge impact on how you feel about your father now.
If you’re struggling to cope with your grief and deal with all the questions you have, first of all, it’s important to know that you’re not alone.
Secondly, some of the key things you need to keep in mind when dealing with grief is to be patient.
It’s easy to feel like you want the pain to go away as quickly as possible, but you can’t rush grief.
It takes time, and there’s no set time frame for how long it should take.
Another key thing is to talk about your dad, and your feelings, as much as you can.
It’s natural to want to keep your grief bottled up, but it’s important to let it out.
Talk to your friends, family, or even a therapist if you need to.
And finally, don’t be afraid to cry. It’s a natural and healthy way to deal with grief.
Why It’s Important You Believe in Whatever Feels Right to You
I know you have questions about the afterlife, we all do.
But I can’t stress enough that it’s so important to believe in whatever feels right to you.
Don’t let anyone tell you what you should or shouldn’t believe.
It’s your own journey, and you need to do what’s right for you.
It doesn’t matter what other people think, and it doesn’t matter what other people tell you, no one knows what you’re feeling.
What really matters is that your beliefs help you deal with the grief of losing your dad and helps you to move forward.
Keep in mind the things your dad told you and what he’d want you to be doing with your life.
You should – and I’m sure you will – continue to make him proud, whether he can see you or not from heaven.
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.