Asked whether the experience had changed his feeling towards " `It' or God", Sir Paul said: "I think so, although I don't like `change your feelings'. It makes you talk to `It' or God a little more often, which is a good thing." He and Linda found strength from the 12-steps programme issued to Alcoholics Anonymous members, sent to them by a friend. A step saying people should "hand over" their fears and anxieties when they cannot cope, had been particularly useful.
"I think unless you are very religious, you live your life thinking there is no one to hand it over to. I think it was a blessing for us to find, again through this 12-step programme a friend sent us." He and the other Beatles had made a pact that whoever died first would send back a message if there was an afterlife. So far there had been no word. "Stuart Sutcliffe was the first to die and I didn't have a message. When John (Lennon) died, he knew the deal, but I never had a message from him."