When your Loved One crosses over and leaves their physical body, they don’t always leave Earth . . . immediately. In most cases, your Loved One goes into the Light and crosses-over at the exact same time they leave their physical body. But this is not always the case.
When your Loved One dies, there are generally three options for what happens when their Spirit and their Body separates:
Option 1: The Spirit leaves the body and crosses-over into the Light before the physical body ceases to fully function. This often occurs in cases of mental illness at the end of life, in some coma situations and in the case of severe traumatic injury, where they leave their body just before any pain is experienced.
Option 2: The Spirit leaves their body and crosses-over at the exact time the physical body loses function. This is the case in most death experiences.
Option 3: The Spirit leaves the body and crosses-over, after the physical body loses function. This is often the case in the passing of a Loved One who hasn’t had a chance to say goodbye to everyone, wishes to attend their own funeral, needs to comfort loved ones (often in the case of a husband/wife crossing) or has some family/estate issues that need to be solved in the days following death.
If you or your Loved One chooses Option 3 - the option to not cross-over right away - don’t worry.
They have some time built in before they loose their option to go 'into the Light.'
Generally, the Light, the gateway tunnel that appears to guide your Loved One to the Otherside after passing will stay open for between 3-10 days after your Loved One leaves their physical body. This time frame changes from person to person, but is typically not more than one week after physical body death.
During this time, your Loved One can say goodbye to those who were unable to be present before or during their physical death, comfort those who are grieving and go to their own funeral, if they so wish. It is during this time, that many uniquely strong after-death visitations are made.
If you sensed your grandmother, saw her at the foot of your bed, or swear you felt your husband touch your neck - you did.
One of the common reasons your Loved One don’t cross over right away, is to specifically do things just like this. They can create strong and profound visitation experiences - so that you can be sure that they’ll still be with you, know what it feels like, and to verify a visitation technique that you will be able to sense, so that when they come back for a visit once they’ve fully crossed over, they know you'll be able to sense them this way.
Your Loved One will likely make the rounds and visit more than one person during this time, tie-up more than one loose string and take care of several things before leaving Earth. So please, don’t be upset if you don’t sense them the entire time during the crossing-over window.
After their leeway window is up, they will be greeted and met with any Angels, family members or friends they have on the Otherside to help escort them safely and compassionately into the Light.
There is little to no chance they will ‘miss the opportunity’ to go into the Light, as they’ll be directly addressed and accompanied by those in Spirit when it is time.
And when they do cross, they are free to come back to Earth when the timing is right.