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Forever Ours: A Forensic Pathologist's Perspective on Immortality and Living [Hardcover]

Janis Amatuzio
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Sep 2004
Dr Janis Amatuzio, known as 'the compassionate coroner', has overseen thousands of autopsies. In the course of her work, she has heard many amazing stories from patients close to death and from the relatives of the deceased. These accounts have confirmed Dr Amatuzio's belief that, contrary to the prevailing atttitude in the medical community, which states that death is merely the absence of life, some part of the person's spirit indeed goes on. In this collection are stories of profound mysteries and inexplicable coincidences - such as the patient who on the day of his death insisted that he had been visited by a friend forty years dead -, and incredible synchronicities - such as the two daughters, thousands of miles apart, who experienced unexplained sensations at the precise moment their father passed away.

Heartfelt, deeply moving and ultimately uplifting in its message of hope and comfort, this is truly a dispatch from the front line of the mysteries of life and death.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577314816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314813
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A deeply compassionate, extraordinarily sensitive, and objectively scientific exploration of the mystery of death, this book is a wonderful gift to caregivers, patients, family members, and every person who has ever thought about our human mortality and the meaning of life. This means, of course, that FOREVER OURS is a gift to us all.' (Neale Donald Walsch )

'Dr Amatuzio, often called "the compassionate coroner", is an exemplar for the compassionate practice of forensic medicine. FOREVER OURS has much to teach us about healing, loving, and the deep connections with our loved ones.' (Kathleen McMonigal, MD, pathologist, Aerospace Med )

'FOREVER OURS is the only book I know that finds buoyant, optimistic meaning in the morgue. It could be written only by a physician of uncommon vision, who, although she attends to dead bodies, is a healer.' (Larry Dossey, MD, author of HEALING BEYOND THE BOD ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Janis Amatuzio, MD, known as 'the compassionate coroner', is a recognised authority in anatomic, forensic and clinical pathology. She speaks widely on topics including death investigation, forensic nursing, forensic medicine, and the mystery of life. She lives in Minneapolis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for some 5 Jan 2008
By Obiwan
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It depends what you are looking for. If its 3rd party anecdotes about a handful of interesting experiences then this book will satisfy you. If you are expecting insights from a medical professional on life after death (as I was) then I think you will be disappointed. The stories could just as well have come from a plumber and I didnt see how Dr Amatuzio's profession had any relevance at all. I was disappointed. If it's evidence of life after death you want then there are many much more appropriate books out there. (ditto for the second book which i accidentally bought first - i then bought the first book hoping it would live up to its marketing - it didnt).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Ours 12 Sep 2009
I found this book very calming. I have just lost a daughter and a grand daughter in the same incident, and this book helped me fill the gap which is in mylife. I reccommend this book to anyone who is grieving. So full of hope and promise.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Ours 7 Oct 2007
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
As soon as we are born, we are all on a path towards death. It's the one great certainty. We don't know for sure if we are going to find love, get a great job, or have children but we know unequivocally that we all will die. With that said, death is generally something that both fascinates us and causes great anxiety. Despite that everyone has an opinion, no one knows for sure what happens after this life is over. Death is probably the world's greatest mystery.

Forever Ours looks at death from an interesting perspective. The author is a forensic pathologist. Part of her job is to talk to the deceased person's relatives and give them information about the cause of death. The author seems like a very caring, empathetic individual who realizes that how she handles each situation is far more important that simply getting a job done. I think it is for this reason that so many patients, relatives, and colleagues have opened up to her about their experiences: about living, about death, about life after death, and about life after the death of a loved one.

Forever Ours is a very insightful book that I would highly recommend to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic a real comfort 16 Nov 2013
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Someone special gave this to me when I lost my mother, now I give it to my friends and family when they loose someone as it was such a great comfort
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming and uplifting - a true gift 20 Feb 2002
By BBQ Guide - Published on
After hearing Doctor Amatuzio tell a couple of the Real-Life Stories on a very famous radio talk show this month, I was very interested in reading the book for the rest of the stories. I was not disappointed when I ripped open the package and randomly opened the book. I suggest that YOU start reading from the beginning as the stories progress from the beginning of her medical career.
The stories will warm your heart, erase your doubts and leave you with a feeling of joy and relief. She wrote the book as eloquently as she had verbalized them. You would swear she was sitting in the same room with you as you read.
My favorite (if I were forced to pick one), is "I KNOW THE SECRET". As sad as this story starts, it will leave you with more than a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye.
Having lost a loved one in the recent past, this book has helped me a great deal in coping. I hope it will help you too. If ever a book was published from the heart, FOR the heart, it is this one.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Intriguing 17 Jan 2005
By Michael E. Tymn - Published on
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The author, a forensic pathologist, has collected a number of heartwarming stories strongly suggesting the survival of consciousness at death. These stories, coming from patients, associates, and friends, involve near-death experiences, death-bed visions, apparitions, and meaningful dreams. "Some of the things I have heard from their loved ones and some of my own experiences have caused me to believe that there is more to this life than meets the eye, and that gives me hope and helps me to do this job," Dr. Amatuzio writes.

Perhaps the most intriguing story is that of a man who had a near-death experience while in the recovery room following surgery. He recalled leaving his body through the top of his head and then watching doctors and nurses attempt resuscitation. He remembered being able to read all their thoughts, including those of a nurse who was upset that she had to stay and help because she had a date after work. At the same time, a patient next to him had a cardiac arrest and left his body. The two men began communicating by means of telepathy while observing the confusion below them. The two men ventured through the wall and outside, where they saw a dazzling light. After seeing his deceased mother, father, and aunt, he realized he had to go back. The other man continued on and did not reunite with his earthly body.

This book would make a great gift for a terminal patient or someone grieving the loss of a loved one. It is informative, interesting, intriguing, and inspiring.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Book on Afterlife Communication 21 May 2005
By Katie - Published on
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I have been reading books on afterlife communications for several years now - and I have yet to tire of the wonderful stories showing that our love continues even after death.

This particular book is written by a coroner, and in it she shares the stories that were told to her by her patients (before she became a coroner, she worked as a doctor in a hospital), as well as by the loved ones of those she performed autopsies on.

Each chapter includes 1 such story, and they are relatively short - so, even if you don't have much time to read, you can easily finish a chapter in a few minutes.

Dr. Amatuzio also shows how these stories have impacted her life - especially in remembering the importance of the "little things". Just by reading these accounts, I found myself being impacted in the same way. It's amazing just how quickly we forget the importance of the "small stuff" as we go through our daily routines!

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in afterlife communications, psychic phenomena &/or spirituality.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read !!!!!!!!! 26 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
How many times have you wondered what if? Dr Amatuzio has truly given the world a gift in this book. It reads quickly and leaves you asking for more. If you are in the healing professions you must read this book. If you have ever lost a loved one you must read this book. If only we could all open our eyes to what is happening around us the way Dr. Amatuzio describes in this book, the world would truly be a kinder gentler place!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Ours 23 Mar 2002
By Chris Bohler - Published on
Tremendous. This book has a lot of interesting stories that make the reader think. After some thought I would recommend this book to anyone that is experiencing a loss of someone close to them. It will make the loss no less easier but perhaps better understood.You can buy the book now for at some point you will need it or someone you know will need it.Best Regards...
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