Allison Grant: From One World to the Next
The dead remain not only with us, but also within the hold of life — as memories, as photographs, and also, perhaps, as perceptible spectral forces.
Will some readers of this book dismiss its embrace of the spectral? Or course. Will some see no mysticism in the fog and no specter in the light? No doubt. Diener does not seek to convert the disbeliever. Her works pursue much deeper questions about the spiritual and emotional undercurrents of loss, and the profound human desire to understand and contend with the reality that human life is finite, and the past will never be fully accessible to the living.
Once the body dies, the spirit is not recoverable, at least not in any robust way that might satisfy the living who long for direct contact. We each grapple with this reality through mysterious means, and rub against the unexplainable edges of human experience that lie beyond comprehension in our own ways. Whether those means align with the truth may not be the point.