On October 6, 2009, my 20-year-old son Erik, took his own life. Since that sad and tragic day, an overwhelming sense of grief and despair propelled me into a search for answers. Answers that would provide me and others with comfort and hope. Some of those answers came from the many books I bought, but many came from an unexpected source: Erik himself. Read more.

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Dear Reader, Although Erik sometimes paints a rosy picture of the afterlife, time and time again he stresses that suicide is not the answer to one’s problems. If you struggle, please understand that the information in my blog and my books is no substitute for professional help. Please click here for a list of resources...

Erik on Stress, Part One

Headed out for New Braunfels with my girlfriends in just a few minutes, so I’ll keep this brief. I may or may not post Saturday or Sunday. It’s a fine line between satisfying my OCD and having too much fun! Enjoy today’s post! Me: Good morning, sweet lady! How are you? Kim: Hello! Me (Looking...

Adjusting to Time and Emotion

Emma and her mom as well as Tiffanie, her husband, Rune, Robert and I had a great time hanging at my house, then eating Tex-Mex at Lupe Tortillas. I can’t wait to travel to New Braunfels tomorrow and hang out with my buddies for the weekend. Emma is considering moving back to the States from...

Erik on Gossip, Part Two

Yesterday, while I was getting my haircut, I received a text from Tiffany (from the Joyride Show,) asking me to meet her at a pizza joint to surprise Emma McIntosh who had just arrived from Belgium the day before. I told her I’d be there shortly and when I arrived, there was Emma in line...

Crying and Hoarding

As promised, Raylene’s monthly Q & A for July is ready, and even if you didn’t submit a question to her, I think you’ll find some of the information very valuable for your own life! Check it out: Also, it’s time to collect questions for the next Ask Erik column. I know. We don’t even...

Erik on Gossip, Part One

Emma McIntosh is coming into town today and my local CE girlfriends and I are so excited! We plan to take a girls’ trip to New Braunfels this weekend, and I’m sure a lot of other festivities will be included!  Funny story: My daughter, Michelle, was quizzing her daughter, Arleen, on U.S. geography the other...

Erik The Prankster

Getting ready to take my daughter to the airport in a few minutes so I have to keep this short. I usually get butterflies in my stomach when I have to say goodbye to someone I love, but I’m okay about her going back to her home in North Carolina because I know she’s moving...

It’s Been a While

Write now I’m multi-tasking, preparing to upload our interview with King Henry VIII and posting this Erik Encounter. It’s storming mightily outside, and there’s a tornado warning for the area, so one notch above cozy right into the anxiousness zone, but I’m surrounded by puppies  and my eldest daughter doesn’t go back to North Carolina...

Erik on Basic Income

I’m so excited! My daughter, Kristina, is in town until Sunday. I just picked her up at the airport early, early this morning, and while en route, I was reminded of another funny story showcasing the patheticness (new word) of my tiny brain. Above one of the highway signs, there’s a picture of a bear...

Erik on Stuttering, Part Two

I remember Erik showed signs of empathy at a very young age. When he was about 15 months old, my sister came over to visit from California, bringing Erik’s brand new cousin, Fiona, with her. When Teri put her on the carpet to change her diaper, Erik watched with fascination. But the moment the diaper...

Erik on Stuttering, Part One

I want to apologize to you guys for yesterday’s post. I mentioned the phrase “nut farm,” which was very insensitive of me even though I had no ill intent. I guess I’m old enough to have been raised in a culture that isn’t very PC! Today’s topic is kind of dear to my heart because...

Ego in Heaven

Confession time. Let’s have some fun. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done? I’ve had several, but here’s one I’ve done, amazingly, more than once. I think I’ve wrote about it before. I’ve ordered at the McDonald’s speaker, gone up to the payment window to take care of the transaction, then zoomed right past...

Erik on Surrender, Part Four

A blog member brought another Abby Normal YouTube to my attention, and I wasn’t pleased after watching it. I couldn’t stomach watching the whole thing, but she started out saying how Erik woke her up with a terrible smell, therefore couldn’t possibly be an angel. Ivan Teller has videos about Erik that are similar. For...

Hanging with Erik

I’m so frustrated. Maybe one of you tech savvy peeps can help me. When I try to attach a document in an email, if it is in the Cloud, it won’t attach. How in the world do I get it out of the Cloud and onto my actual desktop! Argh. I click on any document...

The Phone Call

I love this story. Two great pranks in short succession! I found this blog a while ago, and I fell in love immediately with it. I especially love reading the different pranks and signs Erik sends out to people. But for some reason, I was always a little cautious with asking Erik for a sign...

Erik on Surrender, Part Three

Congratulations to the winner of this past contest, Liana. She wrote, “You are related to Spanish royalty.” I don’t know about royalty, but I am a Spanish baroness since Charlemagne rewarded my family among the “12 gentlemen barons” for pushing the Moors out of Spain. We were all give a barony. Here’s the castle, which...

Erik on Surrender, Part Two

The results are in. The majority of you think that the lengths of the posts are just right. I figured they were too long, so I guess I’m just lazier than you guys! I hope everyone had a great July 4th. Annika came back from her trip to Destin, her last respite before starting medical...

Erik on Surrender

I hope you all had a great weekend. I did, except for the fact that poor little Arleen came back with a horrible sunburn. She can’t even wear clothes, and I’ve been dousing her in aloe vera 24/7. Do you remember your first serious sunburn when you couldn’t even get under the sheets? Poor baby. ...
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Where to Begin

If you're new to Channeling Erik, I recommend you read the backstory first. Then, I suggest you start with the very first post. In doing so you can follow my journey just as I did, through the inexplicable, inconceivable, and yet utterly undeniable surprises that I have encountered since my son''s death. Welcome.

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