Thursday, October 29, 2009

Natalie Smith-Blakeslee

Well-known and loved near-death experiencer, Natalie Smith-Blakeslee, passed away October 28, 2009. She had cancer in her brain fluid and spine, which suddenly became aggressive and took her life in mere months. She had just married Steve Hodak the year before, the two celebrating their first wedding anniversary when she became ill. Natalie had a late-in-life daughter still in grade school, and several grown children, although a daughter preceded in her death several years ago.

Natalie had a section in the Marketplace on my website for many years. She refined her "breakthrough" abilities after her near-death state, training at Lily Dale to become a professional medium, psychic, and spiritualist minister. What set her apart, however, was her uncommon generosity to others and her devotion to hospice and those in grief, especially from the death of a child. She finally wrote her book about what happened to her along life's way. Check on her website to find out how to obtain a copy, if any are still available. Natalie had plans to host a brand new TV show and was filled with life and a multitude of projects. That's why her sudden death was such a surprise. During the early days of my near-death research, Natalie proved to be far more than a research subject. She arranged several talks for me and promoted my work tirelessly. She had clear, sharp eyes, as if she could see forever, and a smile that could melt concrete. To say that she was an angel of light would be an understatement, as she helped thousands and thousands of people. She will be missed!

Right now, her husband Steve Hodak needs you. He was one of those who lost their job during the downturn. They have no insurance, no money - not even enough to bury her. If you can possibly help out, return to her family what she so generously gave to others during decades of service, please do. Any amount will be helpful. There are several ways to give. On her website at, there is a PayPal button. Or, if you're like me and prefer to send a check, make it out to Steve Hodak and mail it to him at P. O. Box 352, Girard, PA 16417. On behalf of her family, thank you!!

Natalie, you were a blessing to the world. Much love, PMH

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