Before Bonnie McEneaney lost her husband, Eamon, on Sept. 11, she was skeptical about communicating with people who have passed on. But after her experiences following 9/11, and from talking with people who have gone through similar ordeals, her opinions began to change. The result is a book called "Messages," and on Tuesday she spoke to the Darien Community Association and shared her thoughts on premonition, signs and spirituality.
"Just like grace, love, hope and faith, the definition of spirituality is unique to each of us," she told the audience. "It's up to you to decide what you believe and how it does and doesn't affect your life."
The book is a collection of McEneaney's personal stories, as well as the stories of more than 200 family members and friends of 9/11 victims. She said that after her husband died, she had some experiences that made her feel that he was still with her. One such experience was a wind she felt a few days after the attacks, before his body was recovered, which she said made her know that he had passed.
"There was something about that experience, I didn't imagine it," she said. "It was a spiritual confirmation that he was gone."
She said that these experiences are not exclusive to the victims of 9/11, and that she has heard hundreds of stories of people receiving similar messages. After the talk, people in the audience were keen to share their own spiritual experiences.
"When my husband passed, I could feel him sit on the end of my bed. He said, 'It's okay,' " said audience member Gloria Flook. "The people who've gone before us are our guardian angels, they watch over us."
McEneaney said that she did not completely understand these phenomena, but that so many people have had similar experiences and felt that it has helped them move on. She believes that it is evidence of something bigger out there. "Sometimes the odds in life are too great for it to be coincidence," she said.
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