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Eternally Connected…

Article by Necole Stephens

We all have moments or even days when we are in a dark place and feel all hope is lost while questioning our faith. My world was gone, as I once knew it. Being a medium and Reiki master, I knew there was more, but being a mom struggling through such tragedy, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it.

Reiki inadvertently shifted my life in a way that I never learned during my training, helping to ground myself again and gaining insight that I thought I had lost forever. They teach us what a “typical” session should be like, where our hands should be placed, what we may feel, what our clients will feel, but the emotional connections we build and share with our clients is something we find out on our own. They are experiences that I treasure and for one of those, I am eternally grateful because it saved my life and helped me remember my purpose.

On March 8, 2010, I went to wake my three boys for school, only to find my healthy, athletic eleven-year-old son had passed unexpectedly in his sleep. I could not fathom ever feeling anything, especially the desire to help others again. Having been connecting with Spirit since I was a little girl as well as being a Reiki master, I knew there was more than just this physical plane. I had not even a doubt. Nevertheless, my heart was that of a bereaved mother, missing and longing to hold my son in my arms.

Eternally Connected

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Only three weeks after my son had passed, I received an email from a client asking for a Reiki session for her nephew whom had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I immediately thought, “How dare she?” and walked away from my computer. As I sat on my chair, rambling to myself about the nerve of someone asking me for help…. I heard something. “Necole, of course you must help her. How could you not? This is what you do. One day, that mom will be you.” To this day, I’m not sure whom or where it came from but I stood up, went over to my computer while the tears streamed down my cheeks, and replied, “Yes, of course I will help. I will be there Monday.”

On Monday, I went and met Craig. Although Craig was very sick, he still carried the most beautiful energy. Quickly, we became friends and I spent every Monday afternoon with him. He shared with me that the only relief from pain he felt was during our Reiki session.

“I have a high endurance, you know! I’m not a wimp. I’ve backpacked across the country with only a few snacks and water!” he proudly said.

As our Mondays continued and Craig became more ill he confided in me.

“Necole, I’m scared.”

“Of what Craig? Talk to me.”

“Of what is going to happen. Of where I will go and I’m scared for my family.”

“Craig, I know it must be scary,” I replied as I continued to work on him.

“Necole, what’s going to happen to me?”

I bent down to him, “Craig, you are going to be a beautiful place, filled with vibrant colors, and a special kind of love that we are not even capable of feeling here. “

“Are you sure?”

“Yes, Craig, I promise.”

“Necole, can I ask you a favor?”

“Of course! What can I do?”

“Will you ‘listen’ for me when I go?”

“YES! Of course I will!”

“Will you tell my mother that I am ok for me?”

“Craig, I promise.”

“And will you tell my dad that there really is an afterlife?”

“Ok, now you’re asking for a lot,” I said jokingly.
We both laughed.


He looked up at me. “Yes?”

“Now I need a favor. Will you promise me that when you see my son, you will take care of him and tell him that his mommy loves him and misses him so much?”

“Yes…I promise.”

Craig passed just a few weeks after. It is because of him that I am able to continue on being a healer. Craig has visited me several times since his passing and we have both kept our promises.

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Necole Stephens

Necole Stephens

Spirit Medium & Reiki Master, Necole Stephens integrates the journey of Grief and Hope, being a spiritual conduit between the physical world and the Afterlife. With her compelling accuracy, Necole delivers messages from Heaven bringing through much comfort and validation. Necole travels around the country giving inspirational lectures along with her “Healing Hugs from Heaven” live events, connecting to love ones in spirit. Necole was recently named as one of the twenty-five selected as “Most Inspiring Facebook Pages” (http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/25-of-the-most-inspirational-pages-on-facebook/). Necole is the founder of Zachary M. Tompkins Memorial Fund, a Non-Profit Organization in honor of her son Zachary. Reach Necole at http://necolestephens.com/, https://www.facebook.com/NecoleStephens2, @necolestephens.

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  • mada January 31, 2015, 9:07 pm

    Necole, you made me cry! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • una February 2, 2015, 12:33 am

    what a sad but beautiful story x
    thank you.

  • Nan J. February 2, 2015, 8:58 pm

    My heart is touched. I’m so glad you were able to help this young man and his family; from your own grief, it’s hard to reach out when you’re still hurting so much yourself. I know this pain myself, and had no warning, no understanding when my 19 year old passed in her sleep. It’s been a while now, but at first I couldn’t comprehend how to keep living. Our society (I’m in US) has little support or help for bereaved parents.

  • caterina F March 6, 2015, 3:27 am

    I have tears rolling down my cheeks – thank you for sharing such a beautiful story and for continuing on and inspiring and helping others. Love and Light. C

  • Graciela March 9, 2015, 5:15 pm

    thank you for this beautiful help with us, telling this story. God bless you!

  • Sonia March 9, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Necole, I started crying reading your story….my father passed away almost 4 months ago and I would like to know that he is ok. Am I ever going to find this out? How?

    Thank you,


    • Evelyn Chuter July 9, 2015, 8:01 am

      Hi Sonia, I know you asked this question of Necole, so I hope you don’t mind me sharing my experience with you. I lost my 11 year daughter unexpectedly too. I have had visits with my daughter. My advice to you is to go within and ask for her to pay a visit. It may come in a dream or what seems somewhat like a dream. But that’s what I do. When the time is right and you least expect it, your father will come.

  • Dahniel March 9, 2015, 7:22 pm

    This is a powerful experience. It’s synchronicity for me because I was just having this conversation with my wife. Thank you very kindly for sharing it.

  • Debbie G. March 9, 2015, 10:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. I’m a Reiki practioner, and my mom just passed this last Wednesday. Luckily I have a Reiki buddy and she came over and Reiki’d me yesterday. I was feeling very panicky and taking deep breaths often, but today I’m much better. She continues to send Reiki light to me <3 <3 <3

  • Patricia March 9, 2015, 10:38 pm

    …thank you…a beautiful story of love and selflessness…such a special relationship came out of it…the Universe and the Divine work in special ways…Blessings to You…

  • Patti March 10, 2015, 10:46 pm

    Necole-Thank you so much for sharing. As a bereaved mother myself, I can so relate to your story. Reiki has helped me in ways I do not know!

  • Anish Tataria May 26, 2015, 5:22 am

    Dear Necole,

    After reading this article, I do not have any words to say …… my eyes are misty at the moment while I’m typing this on my pc and the screen has turned a bit blur !!


    Anish M.Tataria

  • Evelyn Chuter July 9, 2015, 7:55 am

    Hi Necole, I also lost my 11 year old vibrant, happy, beautiful daughter unexpectedly. I know how you were feeling in that moment. My daughter has appeared to me to let me know that she is even more vibrant and alive and happy now. Still I’d give anything to feel her in my arms once again. I am so sorry for terrible and painful lost. I am happy that you found purpose again. For me, I am still searching. God Bless

  • vanitha July 10, 2015, 10:23 am

    Yes, you made me cry,
    Thank you for waking me up

  • heidi July 25, 2015, 10:48 am

    Tat was such a beautiful story. My son started his journey on July 23 2014. He was murdered by his so called friends. I never got to tell him goodbye. But he hasn’t really left bcuz i feel him with me all da time.

  • Mona November 20, 2015, 11:46 am

    Very touching..still into tears…god bless

  • dr sunita December 21, 2015, 7:33 am

    Speechless …. yes , it happens many times and the experiences can be very uplifting for the growth of the soul .
    I am a doctor in Ayurveda and now a reiki healer … .. really enjoying my healing sessions and experience during meditation .
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience .

  • pr1mros3 January 16, 2016, 2:19 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. *tears falling down my cheeks* I am very grateful for your share.

  • dineshtbss January 21, 2016, 12:19 pm

    I got emotional as I read the story,as I had lost my parents within short span of time and feeling so lonely to not have somebody to share your feelings I have turned to learning Healing methods so as to make my soul feel satisfied at giving relief to somebody else unconditionally ,earlier I try to remember and converse with them but now I had learned to let them move to another level of consciousness and not to pull back their souls for my attachment toward them but to give thanks to their memories daily

  • Patty March 25, 2016, 5:11 pm

    So many questions come to my mind as I read this story. It made me cry, too. One prominent question is couldn’t Reiki energy cure this child, and if so, why didn’t it? Maybe his Soul contract was up already, maybe he was manifesting something from someone else in his family, like our animals do. So much I still don’t know. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Jennifer April 16, 2016, 5:07 am

    Oh, the tears…. Very powerful! Thank you for sharing the story and continuing to shine your light on others.

  • Jorge Rivas April 25, 2016, 10:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Necole. It struck a chord. My spiritual bond with a (next-door neighbor) young college student was prematurely dissolved several months ago & I haven’t seen him or talked to him since then. My heart has been crying on the inside. I have felt like a father who lost his son. Your article was a healing experience in itself–it brought the tears out. God bless you!

  • Mohammad Shahzad June 4, 2016, 5:42 am

    i become sad due to your story. i love you…

  • Nilsa Flores July 13, 2016, 7:06 pm

    Beautiful story!! So sorry for your loss sister!!

  • Deborah November 19, 2016, 6:08 am

    Nicole We are all infinitely Blessed by your Courage, your Faith and your Love. I am changed forever knowing of your compassion…. Namaste

  • Tiffany Barnes March 17, 2017, 7:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing your journey. Sending you love ✨?✨

  • Nicole Bell August 19, 2017, 1:03 pm

    Beautiful story, So sorry for your loss and it was amazing that you helped that other boy. You are truly beautiful.

  • Caroline October 9, 2017, 7:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. Each one of us will experience or has experienced a loss or losses. You were so brave after losing your son but what a gift to have met Craig. That was true Synchronicity…amazing to think how you were there for him as he is for you now with his visits.

    I have lost my husband, best friend and parents aswell as other lovely members of my family and friends…I’ve realised there is far more ‘out there’ than we imagine…Reiki and other spiritual practices bring us much closer to this threshold or the thin veil that separates us.

    The world needs people like yourself and having read the comments from the other readers it shows that we can all spread some light and love to the dark places we sometimes find ourselves in.
    Love to you

  • thelotusdancerblog December 4, 2017, 2:24 am

    Beautiful:) Thank you for sharing xxoo

  • Chanchal August 13, 2018, 6:50 am

    Wonderful and painful story. Inspired me a lot to give relief to the world when you are in pain. it will give you lot of satisfaction, happiness and your connection with other beautiful souls in the world. lot of blessings!

  • Revathy Subburaman January 17, 2019, 9:25 am

    It is because of Craig and you that I have decided to continue my practice as a healer. Thank you Craig. Thank you Nicole for sharing this and makes me continue my practice by sharing this story.

  • Sharee Henderson February 20, 2019, 8:56 pm

    Beautiful story made cry so love and acceptance felt x

  • Hedda Stephens April 18, 2019, 1:52 pm

    Thank you very my for sharing how your Heart was broken, but how your love for helping others. Also, helped you to mend your heart, find peace and give loving hope and Peace to others. All the best my friend and many thanks for sharing! A’ho
    HL Stephens

  • Maria Luna May 28, 2019, 3:07 am

    Necole, for sorry made me cry. I’m also a Reiki healer, just started recently and then my son passed away also this past year in October of 2018…and I also couldn’t bring myself to do any healing, until I read your story and I know there are people who need healing, so I think i’m ready to do Reiki again.

  • Patsy September 25, 2019, 6:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story/journey ❤️I am a Holy Fire Reiki Master and I really try to teach my students that there is sooo much more than just the classes, they are only the starter kit to NEVER STOP LEARNING AND SEARCHING. My son at the age of 25 was in a car accident and had a NDE and he described the OTHER SIDE JUST AS YOU SAID. The vivid colors of the flowers , and the folks he spoke with were great grandparents, grandfather and a friend of his sister who had died in a car accident a couple of years before. And then there was an OLD MAN AS HE DESCRIBED HIM. This gentleman talk with him about his life and mission. Of course his life hasn’t been easy since, because of the head injury and now he never speaks of the incident he is 51 now. the medical drs tried to say he was schizophrenia and was hallucinating. So I put a stop to that immediately and learned all I could about NDE.
    Blessings to you and I am so sorry for your .🙏
    Namaste, Patsy

  • B Sarada January 13, 2020, 7:29 am


    What a touching reality. No word to express

    God save all


  • Chandrakala Ramanna March 25, 2020, 12:38 pm

    Hi madam, plz need ur help very badly……
    My mother is suffering from health issues. I want her back with good health.

  • PRIYANKA GUPTA April 24, 2020, 5:27 am

    Necole, my heart goes to you. Your story / experience is so touching that I am still clueless as to what should I say. It is really incredible that even at that phase of your life, you chose to help someone else. May God bless you.
    Reiki love and light to you <3 <3 <3

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