The soul can be greeted by other souls who are now deceased. Usually it is the souls the person knew on earth who may be there to greet the person back "home". But if the person who died expects nothing, they will see and experience nothing for a period of time. For those who expect a heaven or a hell, they will have that experience. But after the person experiences what they expected to experience, a debriefing can occur to help them acclimate back to the astral plane.
How Long Does the Debriefing Last?
The debriefing period is dependent upon many factors. Younger souls tend to take longer to debrief than old souls. Also souls who acquired a lot of karmic debt will need to review and accept each and every soul who was harmed due to their actions. For example, Adolph Hitler is still going through the debriefment process.
You can picture the debriefment area like a hospital bed, where a soul is able to comfortably transition from one reality to another reality and family and friends can come and provide comfort and support.
Where is the astral plane?
The astral plane is "here" on the earth, but just in another dimension. It is as if we are under water and we are able poke our head through the water’s circumference and that is when we see into the astral plane.
The astral plane is similar in its appearance to here, the physical plane. It looks very similar. People (or souls) will interact on the astral plane with each other similar to how they interact with each other on the physical plane. The personality traits of the latest incarnation may even stay with the person, too.
The person can change their appearance and project a different appearance if they choose. Most will project an appearance based on their last incarnation, but perhaps a more favorable or different age, perhaps. Those who had missing body parts, like missing a leg, for example, may choose to project a body with no missing parts.
There is not physical pain on the astral because things are not physical, but there is spiritual pain from karmic debt. This is what can motivate souls to come back to the earth in another incarnation. It is easier and faster to pay off karmic debts on the physical plane. If you have hurt or harmed many people in any prior incarnation, and have not yet paid back the debt, you will be driven to return to the earth and select a life path that includes service.
What do Souls Do on the Astral Plane?
Life on the astral plane is similar to what it is like on the physical plane, but just not "physical"; it is spiritual. Souls interact with each other, communicate with each other, travel, socialize, have fun, experiment, develop new ideas, plan, learn, grow, love, have astral sex, etc.
When a soul is ready for another physical incarnation (because they want to learn something new, bring a new idea to the world, experience what it would be like growing up in a different country, be a different gender, try a life with a different sexual orientation, experience a life partnered with a soul mate, be the parent of a certain soul, or perhaps repay some karmic debts acquired from previous incarnations) the soul will then start to plan and prepare for their next incarnation.
This is the cycle of life; a process of living, having experiences, learning, growing, loving, feeling, and then dying; then, eventually living again but now a bit more experienced and wiser.