After-Death Communications Research of Bill and Judy Guggenheim

By Kevin Williams

 

An after-death communication (ADC) is a spiritual experience that occurs when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a family member or friend who has died. During their seven years of research, Bill and Judy Guggenheim (www.after-death.com) collected more than 3,300 firsthand reports from people who believe they have been contacted by a deceased loved one. Their book, Hello From Heaven, documents many such experiences. The following excerpts are reprinted by permission from their wonderful book revealing some of these amazing after-death communications.  

Table of Contents
1. Introduction to After-Death Communications (ADCs)
2. The Twelve Types of ADCs
3. The Most Frequent Messages Expressed During an ADC
4. Recommended Steps for Inducing an ADC
5. Examples of Actual Cases of ADCs reported in the Guggenheim Study
 
a. Tragedy Foretold: A Visual ADC
b. More Than One Witness: An Example of a Verified Visual ADC
c. A Sinner Goes to Heaven: A Visual ADC
d. Healing a Vengeful Heart: A Visual ADC
e. An Experience Validated: A Visual ADC
f.  A Dream of Hope: An ADC During Sleep
g. Excessive Grief Holds a Loved One Back: Hearing a Voice ADC
h. Stepping Into a Vision: An Out-of-Body ADC
6. Kevin Williams and His Family's ADCs of Their Mother
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1. Introduction to After-Death Communications (ADCs)

Have you been contacted by a loved one who has died? An after-death communication (ADC) is defined as an experience occurring when a person is contacted directly and spontaneously by a loved one who has died. ADCs are probably as old as human history and may explain why ancient cavemen buried their dead in ways suggesting they were aware of their afterlife. However, the Guggenheim's study of ADCs during the twentieth century is the first complete study and analysis of this phenomenon. ADCs are extremely common all over the world and are discussed openly and freely. Between 1988 and 1995, the Guggenheim's interviewed 2,000 people from all over the U.S. and Canada, ranging in age from children to the elderly, who experienced an ADC. They came from diverse educational, social, economic, religious, occupational backgrounds. The Guggenheim's conservative estimate is that at least 50 million Americans (or 20% of the population) have had one or more ADC experiences. In their study, they collected more than 3,300 firsthand accounts of ADCs from people who spontaneously and directly had such communications. No third parties such as hypnotists, psychics, mediums, or devices of any kind were involved.

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2. The Twelve Types of ADCs

Based upon the Guggenheim's ADC research, below are the 12 most frequent types of ADCs people report having with their deceased loved ones:

 
1. Sensing a Presence: This is the most common form of contact. However, many people generally discount such experiences, thinking it is just their imagination. But ADCs are the sudden, distinct feeling that a deceased loved one is nearby even though they cannot be seen or heard. ADCs are usually felt during the days and weeks immediately after the death; but people can have them months and even years later.
2. Hearing a Voice: Some people report hearing an external voice; the same voice heard when the person was alive and speaking to them. The majority of such communications occur through telepathy where the voice of the loved one is heard in the mind and not audible to others. When two-way communications are involved, they are usually through telepathy and an entire conversation is possible this way.
3. Feeling a Touch: This type of ADC involves feeling a loved one touching you with their hand, or placing their arm around your back or shoulders for reassurance and comfort. It may feel like a a caress, a tap, a stroke, a pat, a kiss, or even a hug. These are all forms of love, affection, and nurturing. Often times such reassurances occur when the deceased loved one is aware of the tremendous grief from the one being touched.
4 Smelling a Fragrance: Sometimes the ADC occurs by means of a sudden sense of smelling the fragrance of your loved one's favorite cologne, after-shave lotion, or perfume. Other common fragrance reported are: flowers (especially roses), bath powders, tobacco products, favorite foods, and his or her personal scent. The human sense of smell is the best source for memories no matter how distant.
5. Visual Experiences: ADCs such as these include a wide variety of visual experiences and are divided into two categories: partial visualizations and full visualizations. Such appearances can range from seeing a "transparent mist" to seeing an "absolutely solid" vision of a loved one with many gradations in between. It may be only the head and shoulders of a loved one, or it may be a full appearance where the entire body can appear completely solid. Some visual ADCs occur in the bedroom, next to or at the foot of the bed. Other such ADCs can occur virtually anywhere. The loved one typically expresses love and reassurance with a radiant smile and often with a bright light surrounding them. Loved ones who died from devastating illnesses or accidents, even with missing limbs or demented minds, virtually always appear healed and whole regardless of how they died. In such cases, the loved one often appears visually in order to communicate this message. Verbal communication may also take place, but not always.
6. Visions: These ADCs occur where an image of a deceased loved one can be seen as a "photo" either two-dimensionally or three-dimensional like a hologram. They may also appear as a movie suspended in the air. Visions such as these usually occur in radiant colors either externally with your eyes open or internally in your mind. Audio communication may occur, especially while meditating.
7. Twilight Experiences: Such ADCs occur while the experiencer is in an alpha brain-wave state: such as when waking up, or just falling asleep, praying or meditating. This type of ADC may involve any or all of the above types of ADCs while in this state of consciousness.
8. ADCs During Sleep: Sleep-state ADCs are much more lucid, vivid, intense, colorful, and real than normal dreams; and they are very common. Both one-way and two-way communications can occur and are typical. Usually the loved one is there with you in person in a dream situation rather than in a more usual dream experience. These ADCs are not symbolic, confusing, jumbled or fragmented as usual dreams are.
9. Out-of-Body ADCs: These ADCs occur while you are asleep or in a meditative state and involve a dramatic out-of-body experience where you visit your loved one lives in the afterlife. These are extremely intense, lucid and resemble near-death experiences. The afterlife environment usually contain beautiful flowers, butterflies, colorful bushes and trees, radiant lighting, otherworldly representations of nature and are filled with love, joy and happiness.
10. Telephone Calls: Strange as it may seem, this type of ADCs can occur while asleep or wide awake. The phone rings and you answer it. Then you hear a loved one giving you a short message. Two-way conversations have been reported. The loved one's voice will usually be clear but may seem far away. If you are awake when it occurs, you will probably not hear a disconnect sound or a dial tone when the call is completed.
11. Physical Phenomena: People who are bereaved often report receiving a wide variety of physical signs from their loved one including: lights blinking on and off; mechanical objects being turned on; photographs and various other items being moved or turned over; or a wide variety of so-called poltergeist activity.
12. Symbolic ADCs: People frequently ask God or their loved one for a sign they still exist. Many report receiving such a sign, though it may take some time to arrive. Occasionally these signs are so subtle they may be overlooked, or they may be discounted as a mere coincidence. Common signs include: butterflies, rainbows, many species of birds and animals, flowers, and a variety of inanimate objects such as coins and pictures.
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3. The Most Frequent Messages Expressed During an ADC

According to the Guggenheim's research, the purpose of these visits and signs from the "Other Side" are to give comfort and reassurance to surviving families or friends who are grieving. They want to convey the message that they're still alive, that you'll be reunited with them when it's your time to die, and they'll be there to greet you when you do. The most frequent messages expressed verbally or non-verbally during an ADC include the following:

"I'm okay ... I'm fine ... Everything is okay ... Don't worry about me ...
Don't grieve for me ... Please let me go ... I'm happy ... Everything will be all right ...
Go on with your life ... Please forgive ... Thank you ... I'll always be there for you ...
I'm watching over you ... I'll see you again ... I love you ... Good-bye ..."

You may be asked to pass along a message to somebody else. The Guggenheims recommend writing down such messages verbatim and to hand deliver it, if possible. Such an action may help the recipient far more than one realizes.

Nearly all ADCs reported are joyful and uplifting encounters that can reduce grief, provide lasting comfort and hope, and accelerate emotional and spiritual healing. The Guggenheims encourage people to trust their own experiences and to accept them as being authentic afterlife communications. People who are aware of this ADC phenomenon generally have no trouble accepting and dealing with it. Unfortunately, some people react with fear when they have such an experience which usually stems from ignorance. They may be startled by the "paranormal" aspect of it, or fear they are "losing their mind" or "going crazy." Other people might find it difficult to incorporate their ADC with their philosophical, religious, or non-religious beliefs.

Obviously, not everyone are not always contacted by a loved one who has died. The reasons for this are unknown; but it appears that anger, fear, and prolonged grief can inhibit the possibility of having one.

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4. Recommended Steps for Inducing an ADC

Based upon the Guggenheim's ADC research, they recommend the following:

 
a.  Ask for a sign from heaven that your deceased loved one continues to exist.
b. Pray for them and others who are affected by the death, including yourself.
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They recommend learning how to meditate, especially if you are recently bereaved or have unresolved grief. Meditation enables a person to relax and soften any negative feelings you may have. It reduces depression, improves your ability to function, and facilitates the healing process. Deep relaxation exercises also allows a person to get in touch with their inner self and intuitive senses. You may even have an ADC while meditating.

The Guggenheim's ADC research reveals how ADCs are a natural and normal part of life. ADCs have been recorded in ancient religious texts such as the Bible where they are mostly mentioned as dream state ADCs. The Book of Revelation appears to be the record of an out-of-body ADC where John the Revelator is actually taken to heaven. ADCs deserve to have the same common knowledge and acceptance as NDEs. For most people, an ADC from a deceased loved one is a profound and sacred experience that will be cherished for the rest of their lives. ADCs can also expand one's understanding of life, death, and life after death. They are consistent in communicating this critical spiritual message: "Life and love lasts forever and does not end with death."

 

Another technique to induce ADCs is a method discovered by Dr. Allan Botkin. He began experimenting with variations of a relatively new and very powerful psychological treatment called Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He discovered, by accident, how one variation of EMDR reliably induces an experience almost all patients believed was authentic spiritual contact with the deceased. Dr. Botkin believes the most important aspect of this discovery is its clinical application: it simply works and it gives relief to people who are suffering from the loss of a loved one.

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5. Examples of Actual Cases of ADCs reported in the Guggenheim Study  
a. Tragedy Foretold: A Visual ADC Experience

Multi-colored icon.   Christine Baker, a 37 year old real estate manager in Florida, had a blessing of compassion bestowed upon her at the precise instant she truly needed it. Here is what she experienced:

Our fourteen-year-old daughter, Heather, was spending the night at her girlfriend's house. My husband and I had gone to bed at 11:00.

I was asleep when the telephone rang and woke me up about 1:00. A dispatcher on the other end said, "Mrs. Baker, the police are at your front door. Would you please answer it?"

 
I said, "Okay," and hung up the phone and kind of just sat there on the side of the bed. I was thinking, "Did I leave the light on in the car or what?"

I put my robe on and was zipping it up as I got to the door of our bedroom. In the hallway, I could see Heather and her grandfather, whom she had been very close to. But he had been dead for six years!

They were standing in the air, and he had his arm around her. They were very solid, and I could see them just as clear as day. It stunned me! I kind of shook my head and thought, "Why am I seeing Dad with Heather?"

Then Dad said, "She's okay, Baby. I have her. She's fine!"
 
He was my father-in-law and he always called me "Baby." It was his voice - I could hear him. Dad was smiling at me and was very peaceful. They were both very happy. I shook my head again in amazement.

The minute I opened the front door, the police were standing there, and they asked me to sit down. I said, "Tell me what's wrong. Please, just tell me!"
 
They told me Heather had been killed in a tragic car accident.

I realized later that Dad was trying to lessen the blow for me, and I knew Heather must be with him. This experience has helped me in accepting the loss of my only child.

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b. More Than One Witness: An Example of a Verified Visual ADC

Multi-colored icon.   Benjamin, age 21, works in the publishing business in Iowa. He and his wife, Mollie, age 20, reported having a virtually identical after-death communication with his mother just a few days after she died of cancer.

Mollie's Testimony:

The night of his mother's funeral, my husband, Ben, and I went to her house and visited with his family. We were there quite late.

As we got back in the car, I looked at the front door. I saw his mother standing in the open doorway waving good-bye to us! She looked very peaceful, very healthy, and younger.

In times past, when we would visit her, she always stood by that door and waved good-bye. So this was just like she had done many times before.

I looked over to Ben and said, "Did you ...?" and he started crying real hard. I realized we had both seen his mother at the same time, but Ben wasn't able to speak. As soon as I looked over to him, she was gone.

I think the reason I was allowed to see his mother was for confirmation for Ben so he would know she was not a figment of his imagination.

Benjamin's Testimony:

The day of my mother's funeral, my wife, Mollie, and I visited my cousin and her husband at Mother's house. We stayed well into the night, and then Mollie and I got into the car. I put the key in the ignition, and as I did I looked up.

About ten yards away, I saw my mother standing in the doorway behind the clear glass storm door! She would always stand in the doorway out of kindness and courtesy to make sure we had gotten safely to the car. This was a common practice of hers - I had seen it a thousand times.

The inside door was open so the light from the house was illuminating Mother from the back, and the porch light was illuminating her from the front. She appeared to be in good health and was very solid. She was there waving good-bye. She seemed relieved - less tired, less stressful. I got the definite impression that this was a "don't worry" type of message.

Instantly, I had a tremendous physical feeling, almost like being pinned to the ground. It was like a wave came over me and went completely through me from head to toe. It seemed like an eternity, yet it seemed like a split second. I tried to speak but I couldn't.

At the same time, Mollie said, "Ben, I just saw your mother in the doorway!"
 
I bowed my head and said, "So did I," and I began to cry.
 
That was the first time I had shed any tears over my mother's death. I have never wept so hard in my entire life. And I felt a sense of relief, like "good-bye for now."

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c. A Sinner Goes to Heaven: A Visual ADC

Multi-colored icon.   Emily, an office manager in New York, was deeply concerned about her brother, Leon, after he died of cancer at age 49. Her is her description of her experience:

Leon was not a religious man, and when he was dying of cancer, I decided I would try to get him to accept Jesus into his life before he passed over. The Lord had made a big difference in my life, and I wanted my brother to be with him, too.

But when Leon died, he still had not accepted the Lord into his life, and that really worried me. I was so fearful he was in hell, and I just couldn't accept that. I prayed about it a lot, and I told everybody how worried I was. I had many, many other people praying for my brother, too, and each day I asked for some sign that Leon was finally with Jesus.

About five months later, I was driving home from my sister's house one afternoon. It had been raining hard with thunder and lightning, when suddenly the storm started to clear and the clouds separated. A vivid ray of sunshine came down through the clouds, and when I looked up off to my right, my brother was there with the Lord!

They were life-sized - very, very real, very solid and distinct and three-dimensional. They were very close, shoulder to shoulder, and I only saw the upper portion of them. Leon was facing me, the Lord was wearing a robe and facing him, and they were both smiling. My brother appeared younger than when he died and looked very healthy. Nothing needed to be said - Leon was with the Lord, and that's all I wanted to know.

That was so wonderful! I was so relieved to finally have my answer, and I was so thankful. It was absolutely total relief for me because I knew Leon was finally at peace and with Jesus.
 
I had assumed you could not be saved once you died. I suggest that anyone who is under the same assumption I was to not give up their prayer vigil. I think prayers finally made it possible for my brother to be with the Lord.

I gained an awful lot from this experience, and my own walk with the Lord became that much stronger. Anything is possible through the Lord. I believed it before, but now I know there is nothing that is impossible!"

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d. Healing a Vengeful Heart: A Visual ADC

Multi-colored icon.   Glen is a mail carrier in the Southwest. He had this spiritually transformative after-death communication with his son, Ron, age 21, who was murdered, and with Ron's mother, Helen, who had died of cancer 16 years earlier. The following is his description of the experience.

My son, Ron, was killed on a Monday night, but I didn't find out about his death until Tuesday morning. The next day, because it was a homicide and I was the next of kin, I had to go down and identify his body.

That's probably the hardest thing I ever did in my life. This image of him lying on the table in the morgue remained whenever I would think about my son. It would come speeding to the front of my consciousness, and that's all I could see - this ugly, dirty picture of my boy.

On Thursday, I woke up about 4:00 in the morning and raised up and looked at the alarm clock. Suddenly, Ron was there standing in front of me! It was like there was a floodlight in back of him, but I could see all of him clearly. He was dressed in a T-shirt and blue jeans.

He looked solid, he looked real! When he smiled at me, I knew he was in perfect health. His teeth were all beautifully formed and totally white. Before he was killed his teeth were chipped and discolored.

Then he brought his mother, Helen, to me. When I buried her body sixteen years earlier, I buried her in my mind too. I didn't believe in God, and I didn't believe in an afterlife or heaven. I didn't believe in anything except this life.

Ron and Helen were holding hands. She looked perfectly healthy with all of her hair. She had lost her hair to chemo and radiation treatments. Now she looked like I remembered her when we were first married. She was in a flowing dress and looked very pretty.

I said, "Helen, I'm sorry. I forgot..."
 
And she said to me, "I understand, Glen."
 
She understood that I had forgotten about her. Then she was gone, and I could hear myself sobbing.

Ron smiled again, and I realized that my son was in heaven or that he was going to go to heaven. I filled up with a glow - I've never known a feeling like that before. I felt like I was going to bust all over - I felt so good!

All of a sudden, I believed! I knew that God, Jesus, the Holy Ghost, the saints, and everything that I had been taught was true! I just knew it!

Then Ron said, "No hatred, no anger, Dad," and he repeated it, "No hatred, no anger."
 
I think he was trying to tell me he didn't hate anybody and wasn't angry with anybody. And he didn't want me to hate or be angry with anybody either.

Ron also said, "Don't worry about me. I'm happy."
 
That made me feel good, and I asked him if he would be there to meet me when I die.
 
He said, "Hey, Dad, I'm just a rookie here. I don't know!"

Then my present wife, Linda, who was sleeping beside me, woke up and touched my arm. That ended my experience with Ron. Even though I could no longer see or communicate with my son, I felt so euphoric, so at peace.

A month or so later, I thought, "What if it was the devil that did all this?"
 
Then I kind of slapped myself in the face and said, "Hey stupid, why would the devil do something like that to turn you away from him?"
 
Satan had me in his grasp for about forty years. Now I know that God is a lot stronger than the devil.

After Ron was murdered, I was going to terminate the man that killed him. I was going to make sure that man's life was ended. Now I don't feel that way anymore. I feel sorry for him because he has to live every waking minute with the fact he murdered my boy.

You can't believe how happy I am that my son is in heaven with his mother! This experience changed my life. It opened my eyes. It made me know that there is a God and there is a heaven and he created all of us.

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e. An Experience Validated: A Visual ADC

Multi-colored icon.   Leslie, age 39, is a volunteer worker in Virginia. She had this happy reunion with her father 4 months after he died of cancer. This is her description of her experience:  

I had just gone to bed and turned the light off when I saw my father standing in the doorway! All the lights were out in the house, yet I could see him very clearly because there was a glow around him.

I kept thinking, "This is really Daddy! This is really him!"
 
I was so excited that I sat up and said, "Daddy!"
 
I wanted to go over and touch him, and I started to get out of bed.

He smiled and said, "No, you cannot touch me now."
 
I began to cry and kept saying, "Let me come to you."
 
He said, "No, you can't do that. But I want you to know that I am all right. Everything is fine. I am always with you."

Then he paused and said, "I have to go look in on your mother and Curtis now."

Curtis is my son, and he and my mother were in the next room. I got up and followed my father to the hallway. But he disappeared - he just faded away.

So I went back to bed and kept saying to myself, "This is just your grief. Daddy wasn't really here."
 
Then I finally fell asleep after tossing and turning for quite some time.

The next morning I got up, and Curtis, who was three, almost four at the time, came out in the hallway.
 
He said, "Mommy, I saw Granddaddy last night!"
 
My mouth fell open and I said, "You did?"
 
He said, "Yes! He came in my room. He was standing by my bed."

How could a three year old come up with that?
 
I questioned him, "Were you dreaming?"
 
He said, "No, Mommy. I had my eyes open. I was awake. I saw him!"

So then I knew that Daddy had to have actually been there. There was no way to refute what had happened. It was a wonderful experience for me because I learned that love continues on.

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f. A Dream of Hope: An ADC During Sleep

Multi-colored icon.   Gwen, an artist in Maryland, had a dream and this after-death communication after her 22 year old son, Christopher, died when his neck was broken in a motorcycle accident. Her experience is as follows:

The day after Christopher's funeral, I was feeling so awful. I was in a terrible state! The next day, while everybody was out, I was going to take sleeping pills in order to be with my son. That's how low I was.

That night I had a dream. I was in a place that was very light, and there was soft music playing in the air. I've never heard such instruments or such music - it was beautiful.

Stretching out from me as far as I could see was this big table covered with a white cloth. On the table were gold dishes with food. Everything was very attractively arranged like you would see on an ocean liner.

There were a lot of people there walking around very slowly. Some were helping themselves to the food, and they all looked very happy.

Everybody was dressed in long robes of different colors. It was such a beautiful, peaceful, happy scene!

Then I heard Christopher say, "Mom," and when I turned, he was standing there! He had on a white robe and a large gold cross on his chest. He was all shiny with light and seemed very happy. It was such a joy to be with my son again!

Christopher had a big plate of food, and he held it out to me as he said, "Mom, this is for you."
He seemed very proud to be giving me this food. Then Christopher smiled and turned his head to each side to show me that his neck was no longer broken.

I woke up knowing deep in my heart that I had actually been with my son. And I threw the sleeping pills away at once! Christopher saved my life - I'd swear to it! I'll believe it until the day I die. And I feel when it's my time, he'll be there for me.

Whenever I'm down, I think of this experience, and it lifts me up again.

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g. Excessive Grief Holds a Loved One Back: Hearing a Voice ADC

Multi-colored icon.   Neil is a retired mail carrier in Mississippi. His 19-year-old son, Ken, died suddenly in his sleep from heart arrhythmia.

For about a year and a half, I couldn't turn Ken loose because I couldn't believe that he was gone. I figured if I could just hold on to him someway, I could bring him back.

I always planted beautiful flowers at my son's grave and kept them watered. One day, I was at the cemetery pulling weeds out of them. I was kneeling down when, out of the clear blue. Ken's voice came to me. It was happy and real joyful. I heard him externally, so loud and clear, like he was standing there, and I felt his presence. I raised up on my knees and looked around, but there was nobody else in the cemetery.

Ken said, "Dad, it's me! I wish you would turn me loose so that I could enjoy where I am. You and Mom always taught me and brought me up to be with God. Now you're keeping me from Him and from enjoying heaven. I cannot reach the fulfillment that God wants for me because you're holding me back. I would appreciate it if you would just turn me loose and let me enjoy it here."

He told me that he was perfect in God's sight. And he described how beautiful and how peaceful it was there.


I just busted out crying because I couldn't believe it.

Then I realized. "Who am I to hold him back from what God would want him to do?" So I said, "All right, Ken. This is it then. Son, I'm going to turn you loose and let you go."

I'm not saying it was easy, but I knew that it was the right thing to do.


I had almost hated God before. Then I just sat there and cried and asked God's forgiveness. And when I did, the whole burden in my heart raised up off of me - it felt like a ten-pound ball leaving. All the pain left, and I felt so much peace in my heart. This reaffirmed my whole faith, and since that day I have drawn a lot closer to God than I had ever been.

When Ken came to me, it all changed. This put everything into perspective. From that day on, it's been better. It still hurts but not like it was. Now I can look at Ken's picture and say, "Son, I love you," and go right on with my day.

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h. Stepping Into a Vision: An Out-of-Body ADC

Multi-colored icon.   Daniel, a social worker in Minnesota, had this illuminating series of ADC visions on four consecutive nights following the death of his 28-year-old wife, Kathy, from cancer:

When I went to bed the night after my wife died, I was just so tired and drained. As I tried to relax, my mind raced with thoughts. Suddenly, a radiant picture of Kathy popped into my head. Her image was there even when I opened my eyes. I felt such a peace and sense of presence.

Kathy was so beautiful, with perfect features, wearing a brilliant, white flowing dress. She was more radiant than any time I had ever known her! She had her beautiful, long brown hair again, as she had prior to chemotherapy and radiation. I was so absorbed by her striking beauty!

We talked telepathically, and Kathy said she was very, very happy and that she had met her grandpa and grandma and other relatives too. I told her I loved her and how glad I was that she had gone on and didn't have to suffer anymore.

We enjoyed each other for quite awhile, and I thanked her for being there for roe. As her image faded, I recalled that Kathy had promised to be with me when I needed her.

The second night, after the wake, I felt numb as I lay down in bed. Thoughts started running nonstop through my mind - wonderings about Kathy and if everything we had done for her was okay. Again, I felt her presence and had a beautiful vision of Kathy wearing an even brighter and lighter flowing gown. Light radiated around her, behind her, and from her.

She said she had met some more friends and relatives and was very busy. I told her she should go meet St. Francis, since he had meant a lot to her, and she said she would.

We talked about the kids, and Kathy assured me that she would be nearby and not to worry. She thanked me for taking care of her, and I thanked her for trusting me with her care. Then I just drifted off to sleep.

The next day we buried Kathy, and my mind could not comprehend all that had happened. As I went to sleep that night, again this wonderful vision of Kathy returned. She appeared more and more radiant and bright, almost as if a pure light was taking over her body.

I asked her what heaven was like, and she replied, "I am so happy here. There are no barriers between us. We can experience totally the goodness we have in ourselves and the goodness we behold in each other. We grow through the experience of coming to know totally the goodness that is in each one here. Our capacity to know goodness is increased, and we are freer yet to know greater goodness in others we meet. I can't wait for you to know this love and freedom!" We continued to share our thoughts until the vision faded.

The fourth night, as I lay down to sleep, the vision returned. With my eyes open or closed, it was there just as before - except there was less of Kathy visible and more bright light.

She said, "Come with me. I want to show you something," and I somehow stepped into the vision. We moved down a little path to the base of a big valley, with two tall, rugged mountain ranges on each side leading to a summit up the valley far away.

"This is life," she said. "The paths are many through the valley, and you will meet many people. Each will have their own ideas of what is right and wrong, so just enjoy them for who they are. Some of us get to go to the front of the line. Others have to spend a lifetime working their way along the paths to the top."

Then Kathy's features slowly disappeared into a bright, white light at the head of the valley. She was totally enveloped in that light, and the light just disappeared into a similar light at the top of the mountain.

It was not as if Kathy was leaving me - it was as though she was in the light, she was the light, and there were no bounds to that light. The light radiated from her to me, and the experience of that light would never leave because now it is a part of me.

There was no sense of loss when the visions stopped. These experiences were so vivid and real and reassuring that I had no doubts or questions about them. They seemed complete and whole in and of themselves.

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6. Kevin Williams and His Family's ADCs of Their Mother

Multi-colored icon.   My family began receiving after-death communications from my beloved mother which began two days after her tragic death and continued for several years after. Family members and I received a variety of ADCs from her in the form of synchronistic dreams of her, an ADC where I suddenly felt her strong presence around me, audio synchronicities of her favorite song "Moon River," and many other type of synchronicities for a number of years. Taken all together, it clearly shows how my mother wanted everyone in my family to know that her death was not the end of her. My mother believed in NDEs and ADCs and was always very proud of my research and website. Before my mother's death in November of 2001, I read many books on the subject of ADCs for many years. When unusual events began happening to my family after my mother's death, I knew immediately knew were receiving ADCs from my mother and began documenting them. You can read about my and my family's ADCs at my Visions web page.

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Books about After-Death Communications

Hello From Heaven: A New Field of Research-After-Death Communication Confirms That Life and Love Are Eternal

by Bill and Judy Guggenheim

In this groundbreaking study of ADCs, the authors focus on the major types of ADCs people report, the loving messages they receive, and the effects on the lives of those who have been contacted. They present persuasive evidence that ADCs are authentic contacts by deceased loved ones and discuss a few of the many far-reaching social and spiritual implications of their findings. During their seven years of research, Bill and Judy Guggenheim interviewed 2,000 people from all over America and Canada and collected more than 3,300 first-hand accounts from people who stated they have been contacted by a deceased loved one. The Guggenheims selected 353 deeply poignant and comforting first-hand accounts for Hello From Heaven. Presented as complete short stories, they offer powerful emotional and spiritual healing, especially for those who are grieving or afraid of death.

After-Death Communication

by Emma Heathcote-James
and Judy Guggenheim

This book contains ADCs testimonies from people from all walks of life, including such celebrities as Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams, this is both a glimpse into a wider spiritual reality and a practical guide to communicating with the deceased. Describing the direct contact between the living and the deceased, this collection was undertaken without the intervention of an intermediary such as a psychic or medium. A product of years of painstaking work researching the phenomenon of ADCs, this extraordinary work collects hundreds of deeply poignant, firsthand accounts from those who have been directly contacted by deceased loved ones. The reader is left to decide whether these are mere hallucinations or manifestations of something more significant. Response to Heathcote-James' new research has been genuinely startling, revealing that an amazing proportion of the population believe that they have had after-death experiences. The weight of evidence may well change the way readers consider the supernatural.

Glimpses of Life After Life: Near-Death Experiences and After-Death Communications

by Ronald Beshara

This book is intended to initiate an open, valuable discussion among the experts from medicine and religion and the thousands of people who died or crossed over to afterlife and lived to talk about the experience. Very often, people who had a near-death experience (NDE) seem unable to fully grasp or to logically explain what happened, but what happened was and is real. The NDE event is unique and spiritual and a time of wonder and confusion for the person who experienced it. What is most evident for the people who had a near-death experience is that there is not the slightest doubt that the event occurred; the near-death experiencers (NDErs) did have some unusual event occur. The NDErs never forget it and the NDErs are never the same.

Induced After-Death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma

by Allan L Botkin, R. Craig Hogan, Raymond Moody

Induced ADC (IADC) is a new therapy for grief and trauma that has helped thousands of people come to terms with their grief by allowing them the experience of private communication with their departed loved ones. Botkin, a clinical psychologist, created the therapy while counseling Vietnam veterans in his work at a Chicago area VA hospital. Botkin recounts his initial - accidental - discovery of IADC during a therapy sessions with Sam, a Vietnam vet haunted by the memory of a Vietnamese girl he couldn't save. During the session, quite unexpectedly, Sam saw a vision of the girl's spirit, who told him everything was okay, she was at peace now. This single moment surpassed months - years - of therapy, and allowed Sam to reconnect with his family. Since that 1995 discovery, Botkin has honed IADC and used it to successfully treat countless patients - the book includes dozens of case examples - and has taught the procedure to therapists around the country.

God's Gift of Love: After-Death Communications: For Those Who Grieve

by Christine Marie Duminiak

This book is a comforting and reassuring spiritual self-help book for the bereaved to help them receive and recognize afterlife visits and signs from their deceased loved ones. Over 20 common types of afterlife signs are identified, including 123 compelling stories. This book is a must for anyone wondering if our loved ones live on and are still a part of our lives.

After Death Communication:
Final Farewells

by Louis LaGrand

Forty-two percent of people surveyed claim to have had some type of after-death contact with a loved one. This book examines those contacts - seeing, hearing, or sensing the presence of the deceased; feeling a touch; smelling a fragrance; meeting the loved one in a dream; unusual appearances of birds and animals; and other unexplainable happenings -- all of which have provided millions with relief that their loved ones still live on.

Love Beyond Life: The Healing Power of After-Death Communications

by Joel W. Martin
and Patricia Romanowski

More than 100 million Americans claim to have had contact with the dead through deathbed visions, dream visitations, and otherwise inexplicable lifesaving premonitions. Is it possible to bridge the gap between our world and the hereafter and make contact with departed family and friends? In this groundbreaking work, authors Joel Martin and Patricia Romanowski share the dramatic firsthand testimonies of men and women who have connected with loved ones who have passed over. Providing compelling evidence for these experiences and offering new insight into the afterlife, Love Beyond Life is at once fascinating, comforting, and enlightening, an invaluable resource for anyone who yearns to make sense of life's final journey.

The Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death

by Julia Assante and Larry Dossey

Knowledge of the afterlife can trigger dazzling transformations in body, mind, and spirit. It unleashes our authentic selves, radically resets our values, and deepens our sense of life purpose. From it we discover that the real nature of the universe is the very essence of benevolence. In this comprehensive work, Julia Assante probes what happens when we die, approaching with scholarly precision historical and religious accounts, near-death experiences, and after-death communication. She then presents convincing evidence of discarnate existence and communication with the dead and offers practical ways to make contact with departed loved ones to heal and overcome guilt, fear, and grief.

Guided Afterlife Connections

by Rochelle Wright
and R. Craig Hogan

Trained facilitators today are helping people have their own afterlife connections with loved ones who have passed away. No medium is involved. People connect directly to their loved ones while sitting quietly with their eyes closed after the facilitator has helped them come gently into a state of openness to the connection. The life-changing connections greatly reduce grief and the impact of traumatic memories. Rochelle Wright, a state-licensed mental health counselor, has developed a procedure called Guided Afterlife Connections that enables virtually every person who goes through the procedure to have their own afterlife connection with deceased loved ones, in understandings, conversations, emotional experiences, mentally walking together, and even hugging and kissing. The loved ones bring assurance that they're alive and well, just not seen on the Earth plane, and that their love and relationships with the experiencers continue. They tell experiencers that they are still present in the lives of those still on the Earth plane, and that they have left behind old concerns, negative feelings, and all physical disabilities.

There's No Place Like Home: Nine Forms of After Death Communication

by Christina M. Meide

Has someone close to you passed on? Would you like to have a chance to see them or hear from them one more time? Do you believe that after death communication is possible? Do you think you may have had some type of after death communication? After death communication is by no means a new subject, but other sources may not have attempted to answer the following questions. How many different ways do our deceased loved ones try to communicate with us? For what purpose do they return home? How far will they go to comfort our pain or allow us to share just one more moment with them? This book gives the answer to these questions through the experiences of others. By reading this book, you may discover ways that your deceased loved one has tried to reach out to you. Did you recognize the sign or did you push it off as your imagination? Don't take the chance of missing that "one last moment" with someone you love. Let the contributors of this book share with you how they were able to have their unforgettable "last moment".

Love After Death: Healing Grief Through Afterlife Communication

by Wendy Bunning

Love After Death is about actively engaging in a positive relationships with a love one who has died. Some people do it naturally, we call them mediums, but this is not to say that the capacity to commune with someone who has died is only available to the select few. We can all do it. We can all draw back the thin veil that separates the living from the dead. Love does not cease to exist because of death. Love is eternal and never dies. This book is for you if you would like to learn how to keep the lines of communication open with your loved one, even though they have died. This book is for you if you have ever felt that you have communicated with someone who has died, have had a near-death experience or indeed are just curious about the phenomena and extraordinary experiences that surround death. This book includes free self-hypnosis audio downloads specifically designed to facilitate after-life communication. Love After Death contains real-life stories of after-death communication (ADC), nearing-death awareness (NDA) and near-death experience (NDE).

Loving Connections: The Healing Power Of After-Death Communications

by Jane Bissler and Lisa Heiser

This book tells the story of love that never dies. It is written for all those who have ever loved another with the depths of their heart. It describes the continuing connections of such love between those who have passed to the other side and those who have been bereaved. In this book, we describe the ways in which these loving connections support, enable, and empower grief-stricken individuals to regain emotional equilibrium, attain a sense of peace, and acquire new vitality and unexpected joy for living again.

Evidence from Beyond: An Insider's Guide to the Wonders of Heaven and Life in the New Millennium More After-Death Communications Received from Theologian A.D. Mattson

by A. D. Mattson, Margaret Flavell, Ruth Mattson Taylor

The after-death communications of revered theologian A.D. Mattson, Evidence from Beyond is a powerful book that unites mainstream religion, science, and the paranormal. Mattson tackles all the tough questions about life, death, and the afterlife - and delivers surprising revelations about the soul, religion, heaven, karma, sexuality, reincarnation, angels, the problem of evil, and the power of love.

Return From Heaven: Beloved Relatives Reincarnated Within Your Family

by Carol Bowman

What if you could see a loved one who has died, not in a future spiritual realm, but here and now, in this lifetime? It is possible, says Carol Bowman, author of Children’s Past Lives and a pioneer in reincarnation studies. Based on in-depth research and direct observation of very young children, she shows in this groundbreaking book how common it is for beloved relatives to reincarnate into the same family. Typical families share how their children -- some as young as two and still in diapers -- speak spontaneously of intimate details from the lives of a family member they never knew. These true stories shed new light on age-old questions of family relationships: Do we choose our parents? What relationships survive death? What happens to the soul after a miscarriage or abortion? Bowman offers hope for anyone who has lost a beloved relative and longs to be reunited again.

Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping Wisdom for Heart and Soul After the Loss of a Beloved Feline

by Liz Eastwood

If the loss of a feline friend has hit you particularly hard, know you are not alone. In Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers, you will find validation, coping insights, and practical wisdom conveyed with spiritual warmth. Liz Eastwood, CNC weaves her own experiences with advice from grief experts and stories from cat lovers to help you: process your feelings and recognize them as normal; create something positive out of the energy of grief; cultivate a continued sense of connection to your cat; deal with inconvenient grief; strengthen your natural coping chemistry. This book also explores evidence of the most soulful of soul comforts: the possibility of the continuation of your loved one’s spirit - and your connection to that spirit - after death. This topic is discussed from a perspective of open-minded curiosity, without bringing in any particular dogma or religion. Asserting that you can live wholeheartedly after loss, and that your feline friend would want nothing less for you, Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers is a compassionate handbook for your grief-healing journey.

Messages: Evidence for Life After Death

by George E. Dalzell
and Gary Schwartz

If you had asked George Dalzell, a professional psychiatric social worker, a few years ago if he thought he'd be talking with the dead, he would have said, 'no way.' Yet, when his close friend Michael, an airline purser from Germany, was killed, things started happening that permanently shifted Dalzell's "perspective on reality." As a therapist, Dalzell had counseled people who claimed to hear voices. Now, Dalzell was hearing a voice himself, and it was that of Michael. The voice revealed information about Michael's private life and possessions. Other phenomena followed, including apparitions of Michael, house lights that blinked on and off, alarm clocks that got moved, and rose petals left in the pattern of an angel. "Michael appeared to have brought evidence that there was a dimension beyond our five senses, and that he could keep the channels open," writes the author. In all, Michael opened the channels to seven friends, family members, and colleagues. He provided incontrovertible signs that proved it was he who was communicating with them. Further confirmation of Michael's continued existence and the legitimacy of his after-death communications was provided by independent contact with professional psychics and mediums. In Messages, Dazell adds empirical confirmation to a field that is gaining increasing popular and scientific respect. His encouraging conclusions may comfort grieving families and calm the natural inclination to fear death, with its perceived separation and loss.

Embracing Death: A New Look at Grief, Gratitude and God

by Terri Daniel and Danny Mandell

Embracing Death examines common mythologies and misconceptions about death, and provides a roadmap to alternative perceptions via meditation, visualization and after-death communication. Using these innate, intuitive tools, Daniel leads her audience to new ways of understanding death, and offers innovative strategies for navigating the dying and grieving process. Her inspiring, heart-opening vision of birth, death and the afterlife gently guides the reader into the higher realms, where death is experienced as neither an enemy nor an ending, but simply the continuation of life in another form. She begins this journey by exploring the fear-based beliefs about death that are the cornerstone of Judeo-Christian thinking, and then submits a compassionate array of more empowering, less frightening alternatives. As a channeler, Daniel looks at death from the perspective of the dead and dying.

Loving Gifts from Heaven: Comfort and Counsel from Loved Ones Above [Kindle]

by Mary Shannon Bell

This is a book for those who believe love’s bonds aren’t broken by death. Afterlife communication from her parents helped heal this author, who was grieving over her father’s death. It’s a precious gift, and it can be yours as well. Our departed loved ones know we’re grieving, but how can they get through to us in ways we recognize? To meet us where we live, they send us many and varied signs of their love, from physical objects left in our path, to appearances in our dreams, to experiences too perfectly timed to be coincidence, and more. Regardless of their form, these gifts are welcome comfort in times of grieving, and joyful expressions of an intact circle of love. The author reveals many signs her parents have sent to show they are still around, what she has learned, and includes “Hopeful Hints” for better communication. Her goal is to share with others this powerful antidote to the pain of grief that comes with the passing of a loved one. Perhaps you, too, will find that gifts from your departed loved ones are a catalyst not only for coping with their loss, but also for believing in new ideas, and for living life more fully than you even could have imagined.

Forever With You: Inspiring Messages of Healing and Wisdom from your Loved Ones in the Afterlife

by Patrick Mathews

Our loved ones in spirit stay a part of our lives forever. Join medium Patrick Mathews as he communicates with those who have passed over, sharing their experiences of the other side and the profound impact their continuing presence has on us. With warmth and sensitivity, Patrick answers questions about God and angels, heaven and hell, reincarnation, the purpose of physical life, and what happens when we pass. In his down-to-earth style, Patrick helps us understand what it’s like to talk to spirits and explains how they help us overcome life’s most difficult moments. After the phenomenal success of Never Say Goodbye, Patrick invites us back for more inspirational stories of life after life, and describes with grace and humor what it’s really like to communicate with the other side.