The Hand on The Mirror: Book Review

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The Hand on the Mirror

The Hand on the Mirror

In 1979, my youngest brother, Bobby, died from injuries received in an accident. At the time of his death, he was in a hospital in Albany, Georgia. He had been hovering between life and death for three days. All of our family was there, spending as much time as we could at the hospital, just in case he regained consciousness and might be able to speak to us.

My brother Bobby about 3 months before he died.

My brother Bobby about 3 months before he died.

I was sleeping on the sofa in the intensive care waiting room, dreaming about my brother. In my dream,  he was walking away from me, towards a wooden fence at the other side of a meadow. On the other side of the fence, there were people waiting for him, waving for him to come on over, smiling at him. Bobby turned to look at me, smiled, waved, then turned around and continued to walk away from me.

I thought when I awoke that the dream meant that he was getting better. But suddenly, an alarm went off in the intensive care unit, and several doctors, nurses, and other hospital attendants ran into the small room where Bobby lay. About a half hour later, my brother’s doctor took my Mother and me into a conference room to tell us that Bobby had died.

My Mother was, of course, inconsolable. I did not shed a tear, because I know that Bobby came to me in his dream to tell me goodbye, and that he was happy to go.

I have not told this story to many people, but  I recently came across the book, The Hand on The Mirror by Janis Heaphy Durham.Here is a synopsis of the book, taken from the book website:

In 2004, Ms.    Heaphy Durham’s husband, Max Besler, died of esophageal cancer at age 56.  Heaphy Durham soon began encountering phenomena unlike anything she had ever experienced: lights flickering, doors opening and closing, clocks stopping at 12:44, the exact time Max died.  But then something startling happened that changed Heaphy Durham’s life forever. A powdery handprint spontaneously appeared on her bathroom mirror on the first anniversary of Max’s death. Incredibly, a similar image appeared on the second and third anniversaries as well. Clearly, something otherworldly was occurring.

This launched Heaphy Durham on a journey that transformed her spiritually and altered her view of reality forever. She interviewed scientists and spiritual practitioners along the way, as she discovered that the veil between this world and the next is thin and love is what bridges the two worlds.

Have you ever experienced anything paranormal, or “other worldly?” Do you believe in life after death? If so, you really do need to read this book. Download an excerpt here.

You may purchase The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death at, or at Barnes and Nobles; Books-A-Million; Apple ibooks;; and

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Karen Eidson is telling the world way too much about her, whether they want to know it or not. She writes about her life of living full time in an RV, eating a gluten free diet, things she does for fun, and things that are important to her. She makes you look at photos of her grandchildren, talk about her husband's survival of oral cancer, and shows you things she has made. You know you want to look.


  1. No, I have never had a paranormal experience.

  2. I have never experienced a paranormal or other worldly event but I think it would be an awesome experience!

  3. Denise S says:

    No, I don’t think I’ve had an experience like that.

  4. Tracy Robertson says:

    Yes, I have seen a few things that couldn’t quite be explained and just the other day the TV in the bedroom was on when I went in to my room. I hadn’t watched it since the night before. I would love to read The Hand On The Mirror!

  5. I have not experienced a paranormal experience.

  6. Nope. I’m pretty sure if something like that happened to me, I’d find a different way to explain what happened; I’m not a mystical person.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    My brother was killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver…5 months later as I awakened one early morning, I was shown what he was doing…he and my Great Grandpa whom we knew well and had died a few years previous to this time, were chatting and laughing together in a beautiful place under a tree…much like they would have in our life here, though I could only see them, not hear anything…I was inconsolable until then. That was a great comfort to my parents as well. I doubt anyone really believes such things occur unless having had that happen to themselves, Karen. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I had some things happen I cannot explain but not positive it was paranormal.

  9. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I have never had a paranormal or otherworldly experience.

  10. Daniel M says:

    nope not yet

  11. I have not experienced anything paranormal.

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