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This I Believe Rhode Island: Afterlife

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In Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town, Emily Webb dies while giving birth and, in the afterlife, gazes upon the earth and utters her compelling and...

  In Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town, Emily Webb dies while giving birth and, in the afterlife, gazes upon the earth and utters her compelling and poignant lines: "Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.  Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? — every, every minute?"   Many of us struggle with the concept of the afterlife.  Will I go to heaven if I live a morally virtuous life?  After I die, will I be able to connect with the people I love?  Is there really a heaven, or is it simply a figment of my imagination?  John Walsh reflects on these enduring existential questions.


John Walsh is a partner in the East Greenwich-based communications firm, Walsh & Associates.  He writes a monthly Op-Ed column for the Providence Journal, which published an earlier version of this essay.  Walsh also shares observations at johnwalshcopy.com

This I Believe Rhode Island: Afterlife
This I Believe Rhode Island: Afterlife