I agree, it makes plenty of sense to me, as well as my father and grandmother who believe a similar thing.
I agree though Drac, and thats a perfect word for it, I personally believe that I have meet several people that I am far to close too after the time we have known each other. They are friends, honestly more like family, but thats it and I still would apply the term soul mate, I think we have been together for a while lol.
It would also explain things like "love at first sight", at least on a spiritual level.
You can always tell when two people are very very close, in an almost different way, like they are two halves of the same person. My best friend, whom I meet three years ago in high school and we are completely two opposite people but are very close, and balance each other out.
As for your comment WR, I think that a resting place or a stopping point is a lot better term than afterlife. Thank you!!!