to ground-breaking after-death
communications (ADCs) researchers
Bill and Judy Guggenheim, ADCs are
defined as "a spiritual experience that
occurs when someone is contacted
directly and spontaneously by a family
member or friend who has died. An ADC is
a direct experience because no psychics,
mediums, therapists, rituals, or devices
are involved. And an ADC is a
spontaneous event because our deceased
loved ones always choose when, where,
and how they will contact us." Their
research was published in their book "Hello
From Heaven: A New Field of Research,
After-Death Communication Confirms That
Life and Love Are Eternal". The
authors' research conforims that these
spiritual experiences offer hope, love,
and comfort for thousands of people.
More than 350 first-hand accounts of
those whose lives have been changed and
even protected by messages or signs from
the deceased are documented in their
book. The Guggenheims conservatively
estimate at least 60 million Americans
-- or 20% of the population of the
United States -- have had one or more
ADC experiences. And some polls indicate
the actual numbers are double these
figures -- that more than 125 million
Americans, or 43% of the population,
have had an ADC. As a result,
after-death communications appear to be
the most common form of spiritual
experiences that people have. If you had
an ADC and would like to share it with
the world -- or if you would like to
read more ADC testimonies -- visit
Dr. Jeffrey and Jody Long's
After-Death Communication Research
Foundation website (ADCRF.org).
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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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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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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
... I'm fine ... Everything is okay ...
Don't worry about me ...
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 ...
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
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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Recommended steps for inducing an ADC
Based upon the Guggenheim's
ADC research, they recommend the following:
for a sign from heaven that your deceased
loved one continues to exist.
Pray for them and others who are affected
by the death, including yourself.
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
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."
technique to induce ADCs is a method discovered
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
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5. Examples of actual cases of ADCs reported in
the Guggenheim study
a. Tragedy foretold:
a visual ADC experience
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:
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!"
my head and said, "So did I," and I began
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
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
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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Healing a vengeful heart: a visual ADC
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.
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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. More Examples of Types of ADCs
Reported in the Guggenheim Study
OBE ADCs: Out-of-Body Communications
ADCs (or OBE ADCs for short) sound very
much like near-death experiences (NDEs),
but there is one extremely important difference.
All the people who had these OBE ADCs were
in good health and were not in any kind
of physical danger or close to dying when
they made their trip. OBE ADCs come from
people who stated they had contact with
a deceased relative or friend during an
out-of-body experience. Spontaneous OBE
ADCs can occur while you are awake, in the
alpha state, or when you are asleep. They
are extremely vivid, intense, colorful,
and vibrant experiences that people often
say are "more real than life itself."
The following account
is an example of an OBE ADC.
Ellie is a dam processor in Michigan who
attained a new understanding of life four
months after her son, Don, was killed in
an automobile accident at age 26:
I had gone
to bed and had my eyes closed, but
I know I wasn't asleep. Then I
noticed I was moving towards a tiny
pinpoint of light. I was in a tunnel
and the light was getting bigger
and brighter, but it didn't hurt
my eyes. I knew this wasn't an NDE
because I wasn't even sick!
bright light was peaceful and comforting
- I couldn't take my eyes off of
it. It seemed to pull me towards
it, and I could see the outline
of a figure in a flowing robe with
his hands outstretched like he was
came closer, I could tell it was
my son, Don! He was in this light. I heard
Don's voice in my head very firmly
say, "Stop! It's not your time yet,
Mom. Go back! I'm all right and
you have much to do."
remember going back down the tunnel.
The light just pulled away from
me and disappeared, and than I was
fully awake. I had never
thought about my own mortality before,
but now I'm not afraid of death.
I know that someday, when my work
is done here, I'll be with Don again.
This certainly sounds
like a typical NDE account, and just like
many NDErs, Ellie was emphatically told,
"It's not your time yet." This supports
the theory that physical life on Earth is
a school, and we are not ready for graduation
until we have completed all our courses.
Our primary spiritual lessons seem to be
learning how to love and serve one another.
Evidential ADCs: Communications of Validation
Some of the most
fascinating ADCs from the Guggenheim's research
are ADCs which are evidential, that is,
when the experiencer learns something they
did not know and had no way of knowing before.
For instance, the experiencer may be told
the location of an object that is lost which
is later confirmed by acting upon the information
and finding the missing item. Such veridical
ADCs assure the experiencer that their contact
with their deceased loved one was genuine.
All sorts of evidential information can
be received from deceased loved ones in
this manner. However, their true intention
seems to be to convince the experiencer
that there is life after death and they
are watching over you with loving kindness.
The following account
is an example of an evidential ADC.
Debra is a 48-year-old psychologist in Florida.
She assisted her grandfather with some unfinished
business after he died very suddenly from
a heart attack:
mother called and told we my grandfather
had died, I lay down in bed to pray
for him and say good-bye. With
my eyes closed, I received a message
from him telepathically that was
very strong and very specific.
said, "In my apartment there is
a credenza. In the left-hand top
drawer there is a yellow legal tablet.
It contains a list of stocks and
bonds. Some need to be sold immediately.
It is imperative that your father
get this information!"
very intense and very eager to impart
this knowledge. There was no endearment
at all - he was strictly business.
This was very much in character
for my grandfather. I got up and
called my mother and told her my
experience. A few days later, I
found out my father had gone to
Grandpa's apartment and looked in
the credenza. The legal pad was
exactly where Grandpa said it would
be. It contained a list of securities,
just ache had told me.
know what my father did about those
stocks and bonds - we never discussed
it. The only thing my father ever
said was, "There must be something
to this, Debra, because you had
no way of knowing about that list."
It's likely Debra
entered a semi-meditative state while praying
for her grandfather. This can be a very
effective way to have an ADC experience.
ADCs for Protecting the Living from Harm
Nearly all ADCs
are inspired by the ongoing love and concern
your deceased relatives and friends feel
for you. It is, therefore, understandable
that they might attempt to protect you from
time to time, especially if you are facing
imminent physical danger or some other threat
to your well-being. There is no stronger
personal evidence that an ADC is real than
having your life actually protected or saved
by one. And imagine how fulfilled your deceased
family members and friends must feel when
they accomplish a successful intervention.
The following account
is an example of an ADC of a deceased loved
one protecting a living loved one from harm.
Bernice is a writer in the Northwest whose
son, Gene, gave her some strong advice about
three years after he took his life at age
32 when he was terminally ill with Hodgkin's
of the Golden Odyssey sent us an
invitation to go on their Mediterranean
cruise in the spring of 1977. My
husband wanted to go, and he asked
me to make the reservations.
morning I got all dressed up to
go to the travel agency. Halfway
to the car, I heard my son, Gene,
say, "Mom, you must not take that
plane to Athens."
voice was very calm, but he made
me feel we mustn't go. So I turned
right around and went back in the
night I told my husband what had
happened. He accepted it, and we
didn't make the reservations.
night we would have taken the plane
From Los Angeles to Athens, I sat
in our living room and felt sad
that we weren't going. The next
day the same plane took off from
Tenerife in the Canary Islands and
collided with a Dutch KLM airliner.
It was the greatest passenger plane
crash in history - 581 people were
This account suggests
that our deceased loved ones may have foreknowledge
of some human events and, if appropriate,
can alert us to life-threatening situation,
Perhaps they are telling us indirectly that
it is not yet our time to die, as NDErs
are frequently told. The implications of
this theory are far-reaching because they
support the belief that each of us has a
spiritual purpose for our life and enough
time to fulfill it.
Prophetic Death ADCs: Receiving Information
of Death in Advance
Some ADCs occur
when a deceased loved one contacts the experiencer
before they actually learn of their death.
That is, first an ADC occurs where the experiencer
receives the news of a loved one's death;
then, at a later time (usually very soon),
the experiencer is informed that indeed
their loved one has died.
The following account
is an example of a prophetic death ADC.
Dominic is a 38-year-old physician in Florida
who had an ADC while he and a classmate
isolated themselves in a country cottage
to study for their medical school examinations:
friend and I were studying. I experienced
the extremely strong and distinctive
smell of a medication that my mother
used on Grandmother - camphor and
alcohol. This home remedy was used
as a cold compress that was applied
to her forehead when she was feeling
weak. There was
definitely no alcohol or camphor
in the cottage. Yet the odor was
so strong that I told my friend
I believed my grandmother had just
of brushed it off, but noted the
time when it happened, 10:10 a.m. Shortly
after that, I felt the very peaceful
presence of my grandmother. I realized
that something extraordinary was
happening! The whole
feeling was that she was saying,
"Good-bye. Don't worry. Everything
had Alzheimer's disease. In the
last months of her life, she was
incoherent. But when I felt her
presence, she was the person I had
known before she became ill. She left
me with a sense of relief and serenity
When I went
home that day, my mother was waiting
for me. She said. "Your grandmother
has taken a turn for the worse."
I told her,
"Don't worry. I know what happened.
She died at 10:10 this morning."
mother confirmed that my grandmother
had died at exactly that time.
Visual ADCs of Partial Appearances
Some ADCs occur
as only a partial appearance of their deceased
loved one. That is, they were able to see
only a part of their body, or if they saw
the entire body, it appeared to be less
solid. These accounts describe seeing a
loved one in one of the following ways:
as a bright light, as a face in a bright
light, only the upper portion of a body,
or as a complete body ranging in solidity
from a transparent mist to not quite solid.
The following account
is an example of a visual ADC of partial
Rosalyn, a 39 year old chemical dependency
counselor in Washington, had the healing
power of prayer and forgiveness dramatically
revealed to her:
came to live with us when I was
seven years old after my parents
divorced. He was an active alcoholic,
and my mother was trying to help
him out. But he sexually abused
me during the two years he lived
with us, and this was emotionally
very traumatic for me. By the
time I was seventeen, I was an active
alcoholic myself. And at eighteen,
I was very heavily into drugs. I
drank and drugged for years, and
then I sobered up.
to stay sober, I had to go back
through my past and look at the
people, places, and things that
had harmed me. I had to be as honest
as I could about the effect those
things had on my life. I also needed
to make peace with my uncle because
I chose to believe that if he had
been sober he wouldn't have abused
me. So I wrote
Uncle Mickey a letter and told him
how I felt and told him that I held
nothing against him. But I don't
know if he ever received it. Over the
years, I asked the Lord to let my
love cover that sin for my uncle.
spring of this year, I was sleeping
and woke up. I turned over and Jesus
and Uncle Mickey were next to my
bed! I only saw their heads and
shoulders, and there was a light
behind both of them. There was an
overwhelming presence of love and
a seriousness too. The Lord
was asking me a question that I
heard in my mind. There was authority
and power and yet a gentleness in
said, "Do you hold anything against
him, "No, I don't."
Jesus turned and looked at my uncle
and said, "Neither do I hold anything
then Uncle Mickey was at peace and
was with the Lord - and that he
was free. A couple
of days later, I got a letter from
my mother that said Uncle Mickey
Visual ADCs of Full Appearances
In visual ADCs involving
the full appearance of the deceased loved
one, the experiencer sees their deceased
loved one's complete body which looks absolutely
solid and real. Such ADCs often show the
deceased as being healed and whole, regardless
of their age when they died or their cause
of death. Nearly all such apparitions appear
much happier and freer than when they were
wearing a physical body. Such full appearance
by a deceased loved one is generally a very
healing event where experiencers gain a
new mental / emotional portrait which can
replace any old, painful memories they may
The following account
is an example of a visual ADC of full appearances.
Deborah, a medical researcher in Kentucky,
felt grateful when her brother, Joseph,
returned after he died of cancer at age
I was a
card-carrying skeptic before this
experience. I'd had dreams about
my brother, but this wasn't a dream. About three
months after Joseph died, I was
asleep in bed with my husband. I
felt somebody shaking my leg to
wake me up. I looked over, and there
was Joseph sitting on the edge of
the bed with his hand on my leg.
real, like any living person sitting
there. He looked great! He radiated
a warm, yellowish white light like
an aura. He looked very calm and
peaceful. He hugged
me - I felt his hug - it felt wonderful
and warm and loving. And I smelled
his cologne too.
told me, "I am all right, and you
shouldn't be unhappy. Everything
is all right. It is beautiful where
to him with thoughts, and I told
him I loved him. Then he
just gradually faded away. I felt
relief because I didn't have to
worry anymore about my brother being
A number of interviews
the Guggenheims conducted began with a statement
similar to Deborah's, "I was a card-carrying
skeptic before I had this experience ..."
Their research reveals that having prior
belief in ADCs is not a requirement for
having communication with a deceased loved
one, as Deborah's special encounter with
her brother clearly indicates.
ADCs of Physical Phenomenon: Poltergeist
Many people have
an ADC involving unusual physical or "poltergeist"
occurrences following the death of a relative
or friend which the Guggenheim's call "ADCs
of physical phenomena." Examples include
lights being turned on and off; radios,
stereos, televisions, and other electrical
devices being turned on; mechanical objects
being activated; pictures and other items
being moved; and a long list of similar
The following account
is an example of an ADC of physical phenomenon.
Mildred is a retired real estate agent in
Florida who reported these affectionate
incidents after her husband, Albert, died
from cancer at age 70:
when Albert was still living, we
were cutting up, just kidding each
other. I said,
"If you die before I do, come back
and do something so I will know
that it's you."
two little ceramic dogs. We kept
them sitting on the windowsill in
the kitchen. Everybody that knew
us knew that when we were upset
with each other, we would move the
dogs apart, separating them. And
whenever we were happy, they were
kissing each other, snuggled up.
Even the kids, when they came home,
would go to the kitchen window to
see how these little dogs were getting
days after Albert died, I was standing
at the sink in the kitchen looking
at the windowsill. His little dog
was knocked over. Since I
live alone, I thought, "I wonder
how it got knocked down?"
So I picked
his dog up and put it back with
the faces snuggled together. Then
I didn't think anymore about it. About three
days later, his little dog was turned
backwards, walking away from my
little dog. They were about six
inches apart! Then I
understood that Albert wanted me
to know that he had to leave me. This really
happened! But sometimes you are
scared to tell people things like
this for fear they will think you
Albert chose a very
familiar and trusted method to convey his
message. Their long-standing form of nonverbal
communication allowed Mildred to easily
comprehend his intended meaning, "Now it's
time for me to say good-bye."
Fearful ADCs: Unintentional Fearful Contact
Almost all ADCs
are positive, joyful, and uplifting events,
and they generally accelerate spiritual
growth. But for a variety of reasons, some
people may experience fear when one occurs.
Many people have never heard of ADCs, so
if they have one, they may think they are
going crazy or losing their mind. This is
especially true if they are bereaved and
don't have a support system which accepts
the possibility of ADCs. Adults who have
an ADC may have difficulty reconciling it
with their own personal philosophy or religions
beliefs. Young children may become confused
when they attempt to tell their experiences
to their parents, who don't believe them.
But based upon the Guggenheim's research,
it is not the content of an ADC that is
fearful; but rather the experiencer's reaction
As the following
example clearly illustrates, the intentions
of the deceased loved one seem as positive
as other ADCs.
Charlotte is a 43-year-old nurse in New
Jersey who became a widow when her husband,
Glen, died of cancer:
Glen died, I needed to talk to someone.
So I sat down in the living room
and called my girlfriend, Joni,
who lived next door. As I was
talking with her on the phone, I
saw Glen standing right in front
of me, just inches away!
as solid as a rock, and I couldn't
see through him. But he didn't look
the way he did when he was sick
- he looked absolutely healthy! Glen leaned
down and put his hand on my knee
and said, "Charlotte, it's me. I'm
okay. Everything's all right. I
don't have any more pain. I feel
I did was scream! He scared the
daylights out of me! And the more
I screamed, the more he said, "It's
okay, Charlotte. It's okay. It's
okay. You don't have to worry about
me. I'm okay!"
was it, and then Glen just kind
of evaporated. I sat
there frozen in my chair - spellbound
with disbelief! Joni wondered
what on Earth had happened. So she
came over and we talked, and gradually
I calmed down.
was shocked when she saw Glen and felt his
touch, he was probably equally unprepared
for her hysterical reaction. The intention
of our deceased loved ones who appear to
us in an ADC is certainly not to frighten
Symbolic ADCs: Butterflies, Rainbows and
Many people report
receiving a "sign from heaven" which affirms
their deceased loved one has survived death
and continues to live on the afterlife.
The Guggenheim's call these "symbolic ADCs"
or "ADC signs." They are a relatively common
type of ADC. Some people are given a sign
spontaneously as a gift, while others ask
or pray to receive one. Depending upon one's
belief system, a person may ask their deceased
loved one to give them a sign, or they may
pray to God or the "universe" for one. Typical
symbolic ADCs include butterflies, rainbows,
flowers, many different species of birds
and other animals, and any number of inanimate
objects. Whether a sign comes immediately
or takes days or weeks to arrive, most people
intuitively recognize their sign right away
and feel it was intended just for them.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross often spoke of the
numerous drawings of butterflies she saw
in the barracks at Hitler's concentration
camps in Europe. These lasting symbols of
hope were scratched into the wooden walls
by courageous children and adults during
the Holocaust. Today, pictures of butterflies
can be found throughout almost every hospice.
This symbol is also used extensively by
many grief counselors, spiritual centers,
and support groups for the bereaved.
The following account
is an example of a symbolic ADC.
Al is a retired New York police officer
now living in Florida who had this unforgettable
contact ten months after his daughter, Diana,
died in an automobile accident when she
was 17 years old:
Fourth of July, we were up at our
summer home in Pennsylvania. I was
there with my wife and her aunt,
her uncle, and her cousin. We were
sitting out on the lounge chairs,
and I was having a cigar. This butterfly
just happened to be flying around.
I looked at it and right away thought
of my daughter, Diana. I thought,
"If it's you, Diana, come down and
tell me." And it did!
the butterfly landed on my finger!
It waked up and down on my finger,
then onto my hand, back and forth.
I could even see its little feelers
moving. I couldn't believe it! My wife
sort of looked at me - I think she
knew what I was thinking.
my cigar and got up. The butterfly
stayed right on my hand. I walked
all the way to the house, went to
the kitchen sink, and drank a glass
of water. The butterfly was still
with me - I couldn't believe this! I said,
"Well. I gotta go take a shower.
You gotta go outside."
the door and went out on the deck.
I sort of pushed the butterfly with
my finger and it flew off. I watched
it fly away, down the yard. It was
just unbelievable! Never had a butterfly
landed on me before.
I went in to take a shower and cried. I really
didn't know that the butterfly had
any significance to The Compassionate
Friends until I went to their annual
conference a few days later. During
the opening ceremony, I realized,
"Oh, my God! Their symbol is the
Founded in 1969,
The Compassionate Friends has more than
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States and Canada. It is the largest self-help
organization for bereaved parents, siblings,
and grandparents in the world.
Olfactory ADCs: Smelling Their Fragrance
Some ADCs involve
smelling a fragrance associated with a specific
deceased loved one. They are a relatively
common type of ADC and the Guggenheims call
them "olfactory ADCs." Typical scents include
the fragrance of a perfume, cologne, or
aftershave lotion; the essence of roses
or other flowers; and the aroma of a food,
beverage, tobacco, or commercial product.
The variety of odors that can be identified
is virtually unlimited. During such ADCs,
people reported smelling a fragrance which
was clearly out of context with their surroundings.
The room or area they were in was suddenly
filled with a particular aroma, but it had
no physical source. Occasionally, two or
more people who are together in the same
place at the same time can smell this scent.
In fact, according to the Guggenheims, an
olfactory ADC is the one type of after-death
communication that is most often shared
by a group of people.
The following account
is an example of an olfactory ADC.
Lorraine is employed by an optometrist in
New York whose daughter, Tammy, was 25 years
old when she was killed in an automobile
daughter, Tammy, went to the Bahamas,
she bought me a bracelet and a necklace. The night
that she died, she had the bracelet
on and it was destroyed.
two years since the accident, I
had been trying to find a new bracelet
to match my necklace. I would have
paid anything for it! It was
nighttime, and we were coming out
of one of the attractions at Epcot
Center at Walt Disney World. My
other daughter, her friend, and
my husband were with me.
turned to me and said, "Ma, do you
smelling the Gloria Vanderbilt perfume
that Tammy always wore! But as we
looked around, there was nobody
smelled it too and said, "Why don't
we go in here?"
all went into the store and I began
browsing in the front.
called, "Ma! Ma! Come back here!"
to the back of the store, where
they were selling jewelry. And there
was the bracelet - the exact match
to my necklace from Tammy! It was
It seems reasonable
to assume that Tammy wanted to replace her
mother's bracelet and found a clever way
to provide it.
Auditory ADCs: Hearing Their Voice
Receiving a verbal
message, by hearing the voice of a deceased
loved one, is also a very common type of
ADCs. The Guggenheims call them "auditory
ADCs." Some people report hearing an audible
voice from an external source, that is,
they heard the voice through their ears
the same way they would hear any other person
talking to them. But most people report
hearing a voice internally - inside their
head - and are equally certain the voice
originated from a source outside of them.
The following account
is an auditory ADC experienced as an external
Philip is a psychiatrist in Kentucky who
was caught off guard when he heard from
his 15-year-old daughter, Tina, after she
died in an automobile accident:
friends all over the city. We didn't
realize how involved she had been
with so many kids. She was quite
a force for good in the community. She had
told one of her friends from Sunday
school that if she should die, she
would like everyone to have a party
for her and not to mourn. Her friend
reminded us of this statement.
So the night
of Tina's funeral, we had a very
large gathering at our home with
200 to 300 kids, some with their
parents. It was wall-to-wall people! I was passing
through the hallway downstairs when
I heard Tina say, "I love you, Daddy!"
around because this was an audible,
external voice. I am a board-certified
psychiatrist, and I'm not given
to hearing things that are not there.
Having lived my professional career
as a pretty hardheaded scientific
person, I really hadn't expected
this! However, this experience took
a good bit of the sting out of the
loss because you know you really
haven't lost them.
Tactile ADCs: Feeling Their Touch
Some ADCs involve
feeling a physical touch by a deceased loved
one. Overall, this type of ADC is relatively
less common. The Guggenheims call them "tactile
ADCs." Such ADCs usually are felt as a light
tap, a gentle touch, a soft caress, a tender
kiss, a comforting arm around the shoulder,
or an all-embracing hug. Feeling a touch
is a very intimate kind of ADC and it seems
they take place only between people who
have had a very close relationship. The
deceased loved one returns for the purpose
of conveying affection and providing encouragement
to the experiencer.
The following account
is an example of a tactile ADC.
Gail is a nurse in Pennsylvania who was
filled with new hope six weeks after her
two sons, Matt, age 26, and Eric, age 24,
were killed together in an automobile accident:
I would go out and sit on the steps
of my front porch and just cry and
cry and cry. I was having
such a hard time, and I had been
doing this for so long. One night
in the middle of October, I was
looking at the moon, when all of
a sudden, I felt this real warmth. I felt Matt
to my left and Eric to my right
with their arms around my shoulders. I knew Matt
was to my left because he was so
much taller - Matt was 6'4" and
Eric was about 5'11".
them saying, "Mom. it's all right.
We're fine. Just don't worry. Everything's
going to be okay."
I felt a
peace that I hadn't felt since their
deaths. It just lifted me so. I
felt a real relief when they said
they were okay and that I shouldn't
grieve so much. That was a turning
point tor me, and I gradually began
to sleep easier.
Few people can imagine
the utter despair of a bereaved parent who
has endured the death of two or more grown
children. Gail received a triple blessing
when both her sons let her know they were
still together and were all right.
Telephone ADCs: Phone Calls from Beyond
the phone ringing, and when you answer it,
you have a two-way conversation with the
voice of a deceased loved one. The Guggenheims
call these experiences "telephone ADCs,"
or "ADC phone calls," and they may take
place while the experiencer is sound asleep
or wide awake. They are the least common
type of ADC for obvious reasons. Receiving
a telephone call and having a conversation
with a deceased loved one while you are
sleeping is like a "sleep-state ADC" except
the conversation takes place by phone rather
than meeting face-to-face. In awake telephone
ADCs, the deceased's voice may sound strong
and clear, or it may seem to be coming from
far away. After the call is completed, the
experiencer doesn't hear the receiver at
the other end being hung up or even a dial
tone. Instead, the phone will be silent
as though the line had been cut.
The following account
is an example of a telephone ADC while awake.
Ellyn is a human resources manager in Nevada
who had this phone ADC after her 12-year-old
daughter, Ashley, died of leukemia:
more than three years after Ashley
died. I was going through a real
bad health problem. I had been diagnosed
with a lung disease, and I was afraid
I was going to die too. That night,
I was making spaghetti on the stove
and the phone rang. I picked it
up and I heard this little voice
"What? Who is playing this terrible
asked, "Please, who is this?"
"This is Ashley. What are you doing,
"Ashley? I'm cooking."
said, "You're making my favorite
meal. You're making spaghetti!"
Ashley's voice - she sounded strong
and healthy - and nobody could imitate
point I thought I was crazy, but
no one knew what I was cooking for
dinner because it was a spur-of-the-moment
thing to make spaghetti. Then I
asked her, "Ashley, are you okay?"
said, "Mommy, I'm okay. I just called
to tell you that you're going to
be okay too."
the phone went dead. There was no
dial tone. No noise. Nothing. I
just sat there with the phone in
my hand for the longest time. I had lung
surgery six months later.
ago I went to the doctor. My blood
count was normal for the first time
in three years, and next month he'll
start weaning me off my medication. Ashley
was right - she told we I was going
to be okay!
No wonder Ellyn
was stunned! Not only did she hear Ashley's
voice on the telephone three years after
her death, but she couldn't begin to find
a rational explanation for how anyone could
possibly know she was cooking spaghetti
at that very moment.
Sleep-State ADCs: Contact During Dreams
Many people report
having been contacted by a deceased loved
one while they were sound asleep. Because
they didn't have any other name for their
experience, they usually called it a "dream."
However, most quickly added, "But it just
wasn't like an ordinary dream." The Guggenheim's
call these experiences "sleep-state ADCs,"
and they are a very common type of ADC.
There are many significant
differences between an ordinary dream and
a sleep-state ADC. A dream is generally
fragmented, jumbled, filled with symbolism,
and incomplete in various ways. Though some
are very intense emotionally, they typically
have a quality of unreality about them and
are often soon forgotten.
In contrast, sleep-state
ADCs feel like actual face-to-face visits
with deceased loved ones. They are much
more orderly, colorful, vivid, and memorable
than most dreams. In fact, some may be ADC
visions that occur during sleep.
You can read several accounts of sleep-state
ADCs on the
Dreams and NDEs web page.
Kevin Williams and his family's ADCs of
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
ADC Synchronicities Page.
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