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After Death Contacts

A huge number of people have seen or heard a person or an animal after they have died. Very often people will tell you that someone they loved appeared at the foot of their bed and told them that they had just died. In many such cases the death was unexpected and the person had died just before they were seen.

These after death contacts have been studied scientifically since 1882 when a study was begun in England. Altogether 32,000 cases were recorded, 17,000 in English. It was published in Volume X of the Society for Psychical Research Proceedings (1894).

Further studies were carried out by the American Society for Psychical Research and by the French researcher Camille Flammarion who compiled thousands of cases in his books The Unknown (1900) and Death and Its Mystery (1925).

All the researchers found that many people in every country experienced after death communications.

In 1973 a University of Chicago sociologist asked a sample of 1,467 Americans if they had ever felt they had contact with someone who had died. Twenty seven per cent answered that they had (Greenley 1975). A similar survey in Iceland (Haraldsson et al 1976) found that thirty-one per cent said yes.

Dr. W.D. Rees, a British physician found that of a sample of widows in Wales, forty seven per cent had experiences—often repeatedly over a number of years—that convinced them that their dead husbands had been in contact with them (Rees 1971: 37-41). An earlier British experiment by Dr P. Marris (1958) had found a figure of fifty per cent.

Dr. Melvin Morse, a pediatrician who has done many studies of death and dying, claims that they are so common that it is rare for someone to lose a child and not see them again in a death-related vision (Morse 1994: 135).

Recent research shows that people who die make their presence know in a number of ways. These include:

(1) Sensing their presence
(2) Hearing their voice
(3) Feeling their touch
(4) Smelling them
(5) Seeing them as if they were real
(6) Seeing a flat vision of them like a photo
(7) Experiencing one of these while half-asleep
(8) Having a visit in a dream- but the dream is unusually vivid and you do not forget it like a normal dream
(9) Having an out-of-body experience and meeting them
(10) Receiving a telephone call from the person who died (two-way conversations have actually been reported.)
(11) Experiencing electrical appliances such as lights, TVs, and radios going on and off
(12) Receiving a symbolic message, sign, meaningful coincidence, or synchronicity.

The many different types of after death commuication
In this interview with Bob Olson Bill Guggenheim talks about the different types of ADC- see also the Hello from Heaven website.

The Most Frequent Messages Expressed by the Departed

According to the Guggenheim's research, the purpose of such contact is to offer comfort and hope to surviving family and friends. They want us to know they're still alive and that we'll be reunited with them when our time comes. Their most frequent messages, expressed verbally or non-verbally, are:
I'm okay ... I'm fine ... Everything is okay ... I love you ... Everything will be all right ... I'm watching over you ... I'll always be there for you ... Don't worry about me ... Don't grieve for me ... Please let me go ... I'm happy ... I'll see you again ... Go on with your life ... Please forgive ... Thank you ... Good-bye.



How the Guggenheims discovered After Death Communication


The book Hello From Heaven.

Contact dreams

Dream communication is the most frequently reported method of after death communication. Researchers in cross cultural studies found that about half of all reported spontaneous psychic experiences occurred in dreams.

Unlike normal dreams, contact dreams don’t fade with time. They are incredibly vivid and you will be able to remember details even years later. The person who has died usually looks much younger and in perfect health. They are smiling and telling you that they are fine and happy. They tell you that they did not suffer during their passing and that they are with family members. You may wake up with a feeling that they have hugged and kissed you. Some contain evidence that suggest it was more than just a dream.

Mediums and out of body explorers tell us that our astral body lifts out of our physical body when we sleep and we actually visit with our loved ones in the afterlife. It is a world just as solid as ours but on a different frequency. Some contact dreams are fragments of memory of those visits. Those living in the afterlife are surprised that we don’t remember anything about these visits but we are told that when we finally cross over we will remember each one.

Some dream communications can be verified.

One case, the Chaffin Will case, was intensively investigated and accepted by the American courts. A father who had died appeared in the dreams of one of his sons and gave him details of how to find his last will (Fontana 2005:52-3).

Diane Arcangel relates the case of Charles Vance in her book Afterlife Encounters. He began having recurring dreams about his deceased friend Murphy. The friend kept telling him to get a message to Murphy’s widow Lorraine to look inside a wall in their house. Charles Vance eventually called Lorraine who broke into the wall. She reportedly found thousands of dollars hidden there. When Lorraine called her own daughter (who did not know Charles Vance) she found that the daughter had been having the same dreams but had disregarded them (Arcangel 2005:74-85).

Listen to an interview with Diane Arcangel.

Claire Sylvia was a dancer who had a heart-lung transplant and began having vivid dreams about her donor. She discovered: ‘He is tall, has sandy colored hair and his name is Tim L.’ The story of how she finally traced the donor’s family through a series of dreams is told in full in her book A Change of Heart: A Memoir (Sylvia and Novak 1998).

Professor discovers the afterlife

When her husband died in 1983 Professor Sylvia Hart Wright and her son jointly had an experience that suggested he was trying to contact them from beyond the grave; two of his male friends reported similar events. Using her academic skills Wright started researching the writings of doctors and social scientists on after death communications and in time interviewed almost a hundred healthy everyday people who had sensed contact with the dead. The result was her book When Spirits Come Calling: The Open-Minded Skeptic's Guide to After-Death Contacts { Read online}

After Death Contact Researcher

There are many reasons why these apparitions cannot be regarded as imagination or the product of the unconscious mind.

1. The witnesses were relaxed

In most of these cases the person was in a perfectly ordinary state of mind, free from shock or stress. In many cases the witnesses were scientifically trained people of high credibility.

2. Objective phenomena.

Sometimes the spirit visitor moved or broke an object. Sometimes footsteps have been recorded on tape. Some cast a shadow, were reflected in a mirror, overturned furniture, left a scent.

In some cases the person who appeared even left behind samples of their handwriting. Dr Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a gifted doctor who pioneered the study of death and dying, claims that a former patient appeared to her when she was thinking of giving up her work. The woman, Mrs. Schwartz, got into a lift with her and accompanied her to her office where she told her not to give up her work on death and dying. Kübler-Ross thought that she must be imagining it because the woman, Mrs. Schwartz, had died ten months earlier. But when she asked her to write date and sign a note the woman did so before disappearing (Kübler-Ross 1997: 178).

3. Seen by more than one person

Many of the recorded cases have been seen by more than one person. For example in a case investigated by the Society for Psychical Research, nine people resident in a house in Ramsbury, England saw a man who had died ten months previously. He was always seen beside his dying widow's bedside with his hand placed on her forehead and was visible for up to half an hour at a time (Holzer 1965: 52-56).

Professor Hart in his book The Enigma of Survival (1959) claims that between one third and two thirds of all people who appear after death are seen by more than one person, and are seen differently by each viewer according to the position the viewer is sitting in.

4. Sharing information not known to the observer

In many cases the person who appears tells the observer information about how they died, where they were buried, or other information not known to the observer. In one famous case accepted by the American Courts—the Chaffin Will case—a father who had died appeared and talked to one of his sons and gave him details of where to find his will.

In some cases people come to save loved ones from danger. This happened to Elaine Worrell who lived with her husband Hal on the top floor of an apartment building in Oskaloosa, Iowa. One day she saw a young man in her hallway who led her downstairs into the apartment of a young widow she barely knew. She found the young woman collapsed on a bed after having slashed her wrists. After she recovered, the young woman showed her a photograph of her late husband; Elaine recognized it immediately as the young man who had led her downstairs and into the apartment (Holzer 1963: 138-141).

5. Announcing death

A very large number of cases involve a person who has recently died appearing to one or more loved ones to tell them they have died.

Several documented and confirmed examples from various studies include:

• the case of Second Lieutenant Leslie Poynter who was killed in action. At 9pm on the evening of his death he appeared to his sister in England, walked into her bedroom, bent over and kissed her and then, smiling happily, faded from view. It was not until two weeks later that the family received a telegram informing them of his death earlier in the day on the same date ( McKenzie 1971: 116-117 )

• the case of Mrs. Pacquet whose brother Edmund appeared to her six hours after he had drowned at sea and acted out how he had been caught around the legs by a rope and dragged overboard (Cited in Rogo 1974: 16-17)

• the case of Mrs. Gladys Watson who woke up from a deep sleep when someone called her name. She saw her grandfather who told her 'Don't be frightened. It's only me. I've just died.' When she woke her husband he refused to believe it. But when they telephoned the family home they learned that the grandfather had died unexpectedly a few minutes before (Spraggett 1975: 45-46).

After death contact agreements

According to Bennett (1939: 282) about one in twenty of the cases on the files of the Society for Psychical Research involve agreements where two people promise that whoever dies first will try to appear to the other. From the evidence many who make this promise are able to do this:

• Lord Brougham, an English peer, was traveling in Sweden. He suddenly saw a university friend he had not seen or thought about for years. Later he received a letter confirming that the friend had died in India at the exact time he had seen him. While at university the two had often talked about life after death and had drawn up an agreement written in their blood that whichever of the two died first would appear to the other (Cited in Johnson 1971: 198-199)

• Mrs. Arthur Bellamy of Bristol made a similar agreement with a school friend whom she had not seen for years. A night after the friend's death a lady was seen by Mr. Bellamy sitting on the bed beside his sleeping wife. He later identified her from a photograph as the same friend (Bennett 1939: 131-132).




Dr. Elisa Medhus never believed in life after death. As an accomplished physician, she placed her faith in science. All of that changed after her son Erik took his own life and then reached out from the other side. After a number of after death communications She found a medium who was able to bring through detailed confirmation and messages from Erik. Dr Medhus' new book Conversations with My Son in the Afterlife has just been released.


U.S. 9/11 VICTIMS FROM THE AFTERLIFE MAKE CONTACT WITH LOVED ONES: This video above promotes a new book, "Messages- Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones lost on 9/11" by Bonnie McEneaney whose husband Eamon, died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. A mother and former business executive, Bonnie was always skeptical of the spiritual world but after talking to a number of other families and friends of loved ones lost on 9/11, she realized she was not alone.

Watch an interview with Bonnie.

A Swan in Heaven blends thought-provoking narrative with stirring afterlife messages from a 16 year-old boy who began communicating with his mother telepathically after his death. What makes this account unique in the world of channeled books is that during his life, this extraordinary child was severely disabled and unable to speak. But after death his language was fluent and his words were insightful, inspired and eloquent. Read more...
Terri has gone on to conduct the Afterlife Awareness Foundation http://www.afterlifeawareness.com/

Terri Daniel interviewed for Conscious Media Network

ANNIE KAGAN AND THE AFTERLIFE OF BILLY FINGERS One of the most detailed and profound ADC's ever recorded, Kagan's book takes the reader beyond the near-death experience. Billy's vivid, real-time account of his on-going journey through the mysteries of death will change the way you think about life. Death and your place in the Universe.

If you enjoy true stories of after death communication this is a must- read book about evidential direct communication from mothers who have died with their daughters. The women who contributed stories are of all ages and income brackets. Dreams, impressions, and objects all figure strongly, and many women write of the particular significance of a special flower, ribbon, vase, or article of clothing. Linda Blanchard saw her mother as an angel in a dream and Carolyn Niethammer felt her mother's arms keep her safe when she was hit by a drunk driver. And while the details vary, the core message remains consistent: those who love us are never truly gone, and contact is always available if you remain open to the possibilities. Read more...



The After Death Communication Research Foundation conducted by Jody Long and Dr. Jeff Long asks people to send in details of their after death communication through the internet. It contains more than a thousand recent cases from all over the world. It also has information about grief and life after death.

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Updated 22/11/2013