In my store we carry a variety of inspirational books ranging from self help to interesting quotes to inspiring stories. One of our best selling inspirational books is "Heaven is For Real." It is the story of a boy who says he went to heaven while the doctors operated on his body. He knew details about circumstances that he had not witnessed and gave descriptions of some of the things he saw while in heaven. People love buying this book, it gives them a glimpse into a world that is shrouded in mystery.
I too wonder what will actually happen after death. On a semantics level I believe that we are eternal beings and that the soul lives on after the body dies. I believe that we will either spend eternity in the presence of God which most people term heaven or we will spend eternity in the total absence of God which would be hell. What exactly heaven and hell look like, I have no real idea only speculation.
My favorite view up to this point is C. S. Lewis's description in the last book of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle. As the title suggests there is an epic battle and then there is what comes after. He describes a place with no pain only joy. A place where everything tastes better and is more beautiful than anything seen to this date. It is a place of wonder. He describes it as a journey. The characters walk and then run further in. Following the summons to journey deeper into this fabulous land. The farther they journey the more beautiful it becomes, the more real it is. The characters find that instead of seeing the end of the world they were all the time living in a shadow land, a mere imitation of the real thing. I love the last couple chapters of that book and the contrast of the dirty, messy, fearsome work of battle with peace, serenity, and adventure of waking up in the real world at last.
What happens after death? None of us can say for sure. I found this quote that pretty much sums it up for me.
"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come."-Rabindranath Tagore