I filed that for the future. Now, it was time for us to go so we all hugged. When Kathy saw us to the front door, she told us, “The kids are arranging something special for you when you get in the car. Some sort of message. Watch out for it.”
When Beth and I got into the car, it felt like we could see a lot more light. It was as if someone had thrown a switch and we had been renewed. I missed Jessie and Josh just as much as I had before, but now I believed that they were here and that they wanted to communicate with us. I had been poring over the fact that everything Beth had asked for at the accident had showed up, including two doctors, a helicopter and an off duty police officer. She and I were both alive and unhurt when so many people thought we should have died. Jessica died on the only day that the numbers on her death certificate and her age could have matched up. And then, I had paused several seconds before I entered the intersection after the light changed.
There had been divine intervention. I was sure of that. But could I dare to believe that the accident was meant to be? I wasn’t about to say anything to Beth yet. She was having a hard time making it from moment to moment, from place to place. I didn’t want to push her too hard too fast. But Jessie had communicated with us and that made all the difference.
I started up the car. When I turned on the radio, a familiar song began to play. A couple of weeks before the accident, the four of us had gone to see the animated movie, Tarzan, which we all loved. It was right up there as one of the kids’ favorite movies. They especially loved the song we were hearing right then, Two Worlds, One Family.
No words describe a mother's tears,
No words can heal a broken heart.
A dream is gone, but where there's hope,
Somewhere, something is calling for you.
Two worlds, one family.
As we listened to the familiar lyrics, Beth and I cried with joy and heartbreak both at the same time. Our kids were with us and they had arranged for their favorite song to play on the radio. What a gift! Even though we were living in different worlds right now, we were still a family, just like the song said. Our children were communicating with us. I could feel their presence and I was determined to find a way to send messages back to them.
Title: We Never Left You
Authors: Beth and Rick Olsen
Genre: Non-Fiction / Memoir / Inspirational
After unspeakable tragedy, one couple must forge their own path to healing in the bittersweet true story, We Never Left You.
One moment, Beth and Rick Olsen were enjoying an ordinary life filled with all the joys and frustrations of raising their two children, Jessica and Joshua. The next moment, a drunk driver plowed through a red light at eighty miles per hour, hitting their van and changing everything.
The death of both their children launched Beth and Rick down a long and winding path toward simple survival—and eventual healing. As shock gave way to the cruel reality of their loss, they began receiving messages that proved the existence of life after death—a welcome sign that aided them in moving forward.
The Olsens soon attempted traditional healing methods but quickly found that counseling did nothing to help them get a grasp on their monumental loss. They then turned to nontraditional approaches—a decision that led them to Peru. It was there they finally began to undergo the immense physical, mental, and emotional changes that allowed them to understand everything—including the accident—happens for a reason.
Beth and Rick Olsen
Happily married since 1987, Rick and Beth Olsen survived the death of their two children from a drunk driver in 1999. Now, in 2015, they have written their first book about their experiences in an attempt to help other people undergoing the same kind of tragedy. Beth and Rick live in Glenbeulah, Wisconsin with their three children.
Andrea Cagan has been writing, ghost writing, collaborating and editing for over two decades, with more than a dozen books appearing on the best seller lists, including four #1 NY Times and LA Times best sellers. She focuses on topics of social value, and has worked with such celebrities as Magic Johnson, Marianne Williamson, Grace Slick and many more.
Book website www.weneverleftyou.com