The Fence and the Slide

onthefenceby Echo Bodine

Death is a fascinating subject that tends to confuse us all. I’ve met clients who were given last rites, only to rally and live for many more years. And I’ve heard many stories of people who went to the doctor because of an annoying pain and were dead within days of diagnosis. So often, we think we know what’s going on and then realize we really don’t.

In my work as a clairvoyant, I get my information in the form of pictures and visions. I’ve come to understand two different visions that I get when I’m working with someone who has been diagnosed with a serious illness. If I get a picture of the person sitting on a fence, I know they are in an exit point trying to decide if they want to stay or go. If I get a picture of them on a slide, I know they are in the dying process, and their whereabouts on the slide tell me how much time they have left. If they are sitting at the top of the slide, I know they still have more time to enjoy their life and get their affairs in order. If they are at the bottom, it is a matter of days before they’ll die.

My dear friend Lee died from lung cancer. When he first called to tell me the diagnosis, I checked on his soul and saw that he was sitting at the top of the slide. This was not what I was hoping to see, but at least he still had time before he would die. Each time he called, I could see his soul slowly inching his way down the slide. I desperately wanted to tell him to stop the chemo and radiation that were making him very sick and use what little energy he had left to enjoy his family, but he was determined to live for as long as possible. He knew what I did for a living and never once asked me if I thought he was going to survive, so I kept my visions and opinions to myself.

When the doctors told Lee the treatments were not working and asked him if he wanted to go through another round of chemo, his sister stepped in and told him, No more. She too was a psychic healer and knew that he was not going to survive the cancer. He accepted what she said and died within a couple of months.

A client emailed me about her seventy-year-old cousin who was in hospice care. He was no longer taking food or water and was in the final stages of death, according to the hospice staff. They were advising her to pull the plug because his quality of life was not very good, and she wanted to know if I could communicate with his soul to find out what he wanted her to do.

From the way she talked, I thought I’d see him at the bottom of the slide, but instead I saw him sitting on a fence, smiling. He told me he was quite content where he was and didn’t want anyone doing anything to his body. He was pleased that his cousin cared enough to check on his wishes instead of just pulling the plug. At her request, I asked him several times if he wanted to stay, and he just smiled. He was sizing up the whole situation, trying to determine how strong his body was and if he could live longer. His soul sat on the fence for over a year while his body gained strength. Eventually, he left hospice and moved into a nursing facility, where he lived for several months. He couldn’t speak and was quite limited in what he could do, but he didn’t care. He loved that he was still alive.

Several months later the woman called me for another check-in with her cousin’s soul because his personality had changed. I was excited to see him and find out how he was, but I was surprised to discover that his soul was no longer all smiles. He had a serious look on his face and was three-quarters down the slide. His soul was getting tired of being in a limited body and told me he was finally ready to surrender his body and go home to heaven. I asked him if anything was preventing him from going now, and he said that he was waiting to finish up some important karmic business with someone and then he’d go. My client told me that a week later, an old friend of his who he hadn’t seen in months stopped by for a chat, and shortly after his friend left, he passed away.

Echo Bodine is the bestselling author of Echoes of the Soul, The Gift, A Still, Small Voice, and most recently, What Happens When We Die. She is a renowned spiritual healer, psychic, and teacher who lectures widely on intuition, spiritual healing, and life after death. She also has a monthly radio show and popular blog. Visit her online at
Excerpted from the book What Happens When We Die ©2013 by Echo Bodine. Published with permission of New World Library.