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After death communication

People, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, may desperately wish for some kind of sign indicating that the loved-one is still "alive" somewhere. Such accounts have been around for centuries, but are they just wishful thinking? Recent compilations of data certainly suggest that they are not.

In their book "Hello from Heaven" Bill and Judy Guggenheim present 353 examples of after-death communication, which they have selected from their files of more than 3300 ADCs, gathered during seven years of research.

The Guggenheims categorize the ADCs in the following major types of communication: sentient ADCs in which the experiencer feels the presence of a deceased loved one; auditory ADCs in which the experiencers hears the voice of their deceased loved one internally; tactile ADCs, in which the bereaved feels the touch of a deceased loved one; olfactory ADCs in which smells, that the experiencer would identify with their deceased family member, suddenly appear; visual ADCs in which either parts or the whole body of the deceased appear; internal visions of the deceased; twilight ADCs in which the deceased appear to the bereaved in the state between being asleep and awake; out of body ADCs, where the bereaved encounter the deceased in an "out of body" state; dream state ADCs; telephone ADCs in which telephones, sometimes disconnected, suddenly ring and the bereaved hear the voice of the deceased; ADCs in which electrical appliances suddenly are switched on or off, and symbolic ADCs.

This is an example of an ADC:
Laura and Dick were house-sitting for some friends who had a house in Spain which they rarely used. After some months the owners came to stay in their house for a week, and during that week Laura and Dick went to the UK. During the week the owners had a call from Laura's mother. The mother told them to tell Laura that her stepfather was not well and that he only had a few more months to live. She therefore wanted them to tell Laura that she must now look after her younger brother, who was autistic. The friends promised to tell Laura and the mother hung up.
When Laura and Dick returned the friends told them about the call. Laura became very surprised, as her mother had been dead for 5 years. A few months after the call Laura's stepfather died, just as the mother had predicted.

The essence of the majority of ADCs is that the deceased is fine and there is no need to grieve. The many cases of ADC strongly suggest that there exists a realm or dimension from which the so-called dead can contact the living. To the survivor who has had an ADC this contact greatly relieves the grief or sense of loss and helps him get on with his life. The person who has had an ADC can much more easily cope with the loss of the loved one, as this person is brought to understand that death is not final. They realize that the beloved person is only "out of town" and that the separation that they now experience is only temporary. The effects of the ADC are convincingly strong and again they point to the non-existence of death.

The following books present cases of ADC: Bill and Judy Guggenheim: "Hello from Heaven", 1995, Louis E. LaGrand, Ph.D. "After Death Communication. Final Farewells", and "Messages and Miracles: Extraordinary Experiences of the Bereaved", 1999, Joel Martin and Patricia Romanowski: "Love Beyond Life", John Edward: "One Last Time: After-Death Communication", James van Praagh "Talking to Heaven".

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