Recent news articles about Mary Leiker and “Just Behind The Door.”
Author of ‘Just Behind the Door: Communicating With Our Loved Ones Who Have Passed On’ hopes to help those struggling with loss, grief
By Mark Wedel
KALAMAZOO, MI — By telling her unique story, Mary Leiker would like to let readers know that loved ones may die, but the love lasts forever.
Leiker wrote “Just Behind the Door: Communicating With Our Loved Ones Who Have Passed On” (AuthorHouse, 2012), a personal memoir that is also a mix of grief counseling and spiritualism.
“It really is meant to try to help people who could be struggling with loss and with grief. Because I’ve been there,” Leiker said, vacationing on the Pine Lake near Plainwell.
Leiker was born in Kalamazoo, has earned a masters degree in counseling and guidance from Western Michigan University, and has an Ed.D degree from the University of Colorado. She has had 38 years of time serving in public schools in Colorado and Michigan, and was the superintendent for Kentwood Public Schools until retiring in 2007. She now lives in Peoria, Ariz.
She has been interested in spiritualism since the early ’70s, she said. That interest intensified after losing her 36-year-old son in an accident in 1999.
Three months after her son died, “he came to me in an unbelievably vivid dream.” A few weeks later, “a friend at work started getting messages from my son. And the specificity of the messages were just shocking.”
If You Go
Mary Leiker, “Just Behind the Door”
When: Thursday, July 12.
Where: Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview Ave.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
On the web: kazoobooks.com
She will also read at Michigan News Agency, July 21.
Wanting to communicate with her son, she found a woman in Boulder, Co., who served as a medium. Over the next 10 years Leiker recorded many hours of messages she believes were from her son, as well as from her late mother and sister, “observations from the other side … messages of love and reassurance.”
She understands that some might be skeptical, and that what she says happened to her might clash with some religious beliefs.
“Every word in it is literally a fact,” she said. “This book is not about religion.”
Leiker compared it to a hybrid rose — that it might “add a little more color, a little more texture, to what they already believe in,” but is not meant to convert readers from their beliefs.
Everyone experiences major loss, sooner or later. “You feel very vulnerable, and it’s so hard for people to not feel like their loved ones just disappeared into the cosmos,” she said.
But love exists as an energy, Leiker feels, and “that energy is always around you, and if people can just get in touch with that energy, it gives them a sense of peace.”
Leiker sites the first law of thermodynamics, a law in the world of physics that’s been adopted by spiritualism. “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, only can change it’s form,” she said. So at the moment of death, “their loved ones have changed form, but their unconditional love lasts forever.”