For those who have just lost a loved one, “magical
thinking” – almost-superstitious, ritualized behavior that people feel can keep them “in touch” with the recently deceased – can be a reality
. The late Patrick Swayze’s wife Lisa Niemi, for instance, regularly sends her departed husband text messages. ABC News reports:
While boarding a plane in July, Lisa Niemi sent a text message to her husband, the actor Patrick Swayze. Even though he died of pancreatic cancer a year ago Tuesday.
It could have been a scene out of Ghost, the romantic comedy starring Swayze and Demi Moore. Niemi, 54, said it helps her feel his presence.
Her behavior is not unusual, say psychologists who help grieving spouses. In fact, it is normal – a kind of “magical thinking.”
What do you think – is this just a normal part of the grieving
process? Or can such rituals actually create a form of contact with people on the other side?