I See Dead People

What if you and I had the ability to see dead people like Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense? Growing up in a family of funeral directors, I saw lots of dead people, but what if you and I could see into the unseen spiritual world?

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I See Dead People

by Joey O’Connor
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In the movie, The Sixth Sense, Cole Sear is a nine-year old boy with a special gift. He has the unique ability to see dead people, a most undesirable gift for us mere mortals. As I watched The Sixth Sense and heard his stunning, honest confession “I see dead people,” I finally felt I’d met a kid I could relate to. Having the distinct honor of being raised in a family of funeral directors, I know of no other family so immersed in the macabre. That’s right, over a hundred and twelve years of California funeral history hanging in the branches of my family tree. Growing up, like Cole Sear, I saw lots of dead people. Lots of cemeteries. Lots of riding around in the family hearse. Lots of burial plots. On Friday nights, when my friend’s families were going out to dinner or to the movies, our family went to funerals. Okay, maybe not, but how many kids go to work with their dad at the one place people try to avoid their entire lives? Always wondered why my great-grandfather never opened a hardware store?

Don’t snicker, but I loved going to work with my dad. He made it fun in a mortuary sort of way. I played around hearses, caskets, cemeteries, churches, and well, lots of bodies. The crematory was a little freaky, but I knew the role of embalming fluid, how to play with a collapsible church truck without losing my fingers and the truth that motorcycle escorts are not real policeman long before most boys figured out how to tie their shoelaces. Raised with a very clear view of my mortality, my father gave me a unique opportunity to see life from a completely different perspective. A viewpoint from “the other side.” I saw life and death with a unique set of eyes. I knew who was ceased and who was deceased. Whose eyes were open and whose were closed. For good.

When I read about Jesus walking from village to village in the Gospel stories, I wonder why Jesus never said, “I see dead people”?

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  • Stephen VanDruff

    After decades of Christianity, someone finally held my hand and gave me spiritual eyes to read the Bible “in the spirit!” All of a sudden everything leaped off the pages!! Things I had read a hundred times came to life. References that meant nothing to me (or greatly confused me) made perfect sense – like where Jesus instructs “us” to raise people from the dead. Most people are dead “in the spirit,” and in Christ they can be ALIVE!!!

    • Joey O’Connor

      Great comments Stephen. Yes, God’s word is alive, active and true. I always tell my kids that though I love to read all kinds of books, God’s word is the only book, The Book, that always nourishes my heart and soul. Why? Because it is the living word of God. Thanks for posting!

  • Cynthia

    Joel sees ‘dead people every day’

    My son, Joel who is 8, gets this! He mourns for the lost because he understands their destination. I delight in that burden, and also, his burden will be laden with a life of rejection – as he shares the love of Christ. Yet I also rejoice as he will understand what it really means to be like Christ in persecution to some extent. As much as we can understand it in a very small way….

  • Joey O’Connor

    It’s no surprise that Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Joel has a beautiful heart for God and others. Oh, that we all might be 8 years old in Spirit and not be bridled with fear, worry, and preoccupation about what others might think about us. Joel’s spiritual insight is a lot clearer than many of us far-sighted adults.