An Introduction to After-Death Communications and Synchronicity

After-death communications (ADCs) are spiritual experiences that occur 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 ( 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. The 12 Most Frequent Types of After-Death Communications
2. The 16 Most Frequent Messages Expressed By Departed Loved Ones
3. Links to Biblical and Modern Examples of Contact with the Departed
4. Examples of Various Types of After-Death Communications
5. The Types of ADCs My Family Received From My Departed Mother
a. Two Separate ADCs as Visitation Dreams
b. An ADC of Feeling a Presence
c. Multiple ADCs of Receiving a Symbolic Message or "Sign" in the Form of Synchronicity
6. Synchronicity as After-Death Communications
Return to Top 
 1. The 12 Most Frequent Types of After-Death Communications

Based upon Bill and Judy Guggenheim's groundbreaking after-death communication research, the following list contains the twelve most frequent types of after-death communication people report having with their deceased loved ones. Combinations of these twelve types of contact are also reported.

# Type of ADC
1. Sensing their presence
2. Hearing their voice
3. Feeling their touch
4. Smelling their fragrance
5. Seeing their apparition
6. Seeing a flat vision of them like a photo
7. Experiencing one of these types while half-asleep
8. Having a visitation dream
9. Having an out-of-body experience and meeting them
10. Receiving a telephone call (two-way conversations have actually been reported.)
11. Experiencing physical activity such as lights, TVs, and radios going on and off  
12. Receiving a symbolic message, sign, meaningful coincidence, or synchronicity
Return to Top 
 2. The 16 Most Frequent Messages Expressed By Departed Loved Ones

According to the Guggenheim's research, the purpose of such contact is to offer comfort, reassurance, and hope to surviving family and friends. They want us to know they're still alive and that we'll be reunited with them when our time comes. Their most frequent messages, expressed verbally or non-verbally, are:

# Message # Message
1. I'm okay. 9. Don't grieve for me.
2. I'm fine. 10. Please let me go.
3. Everything is okay. 11. I'm happy.
4. I love you. 12. I'll see you again.
5. Everything will be all right. 13. Go on with your life.
6. I'm watching over you. 14. Please forgive.
7. I'll always be there for you. 15. Thank you.
8. Don't worry about me. 16. Goodbye.
Return to Top 
 3. Links to Biblical and Modern Examples of Contact with the Departed

The following table displays various links to types of contact along with examples from the Biblical era and modern times.

# Types Bible Example

Modern Example

1. Seeing Their Apparition Jesus' resurrection appearances Rosalyn
2. Visitation Dream Joseph's angelic message of Jesus Claire Sylvia
3. Receiving a Meaningful Coincidence Peter's denial of Jesus and the rooster [1] Carl Jung, M.D.
4. Deathbed Vision Stephen's death by stoning William Barrett
5. Seeing Their Apparition Saul's raising of the prophet Samuel Flight 401 incident
6. Out-of-Body Experience John in the Book of Revelation Emanuel Swedenborg
7. Near-Death Experiences Paul's NDE to the third heaven Pam Reynolds
[1]  This example doesn't involve the departed. It is included to show an example of a Biblical meaningful coincidence.
Return to Top 
 4. Examples of Various Types of After-Death Communications

Hello From Heaven book cover. In the ground-breaking book entitled Hello From Heaven, Bill and Judy Guggenheim (former NDE researchers), describe how they collected more than 3,300 firsthand reports from people who believe they were contacted by a loved one from the Other Side. In doing so, they founded a new field of research on after-death communications. I read this book many years ago, and since then, I have been recommending the book to people who would email me about the loss of a loved one. Had I not read this book, I wouldn't have recognized my own family's after-death communications that occurred. You can read examples of some of the more unusual ADCs from this excellent book. To better understand what ADCs are all about, the following are brief summaries of four actual examples:

Four Examples of After-Death Communications
Example 1:  Receiving a Sign From Heaven

A woman's 12-year old daughter was killed after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle. The grief-stricken mother prayed to God to allow her daughter to give her a sign that she is okay. She prayed this prayer all day and nothing happened. That night she had to attend a meeting at church. As she backed out of the driveway, she happened to glance down and saw a pencil on the side of the road. Something told her to pick it up and she did. When she looked at the pencil, she was surprised to see that it had written on it, "I'm okay." She had no doubt that this was the sign she prayed for. (p. 224, Bill Guggenheim's book, Hello From Heaven)

Example 2 Sensing Their Presence

A woman did not get along well with her mother and when her mother died, she was saddened about their sour relationship. Sometime after the funeral, the woman was laying in bed grieving when all of a sudden she strongly sensed her mother in the room. At first, she thought she was hallucinating. The women sensed her mother's arms around her and comforted her for about 15 minutes. She knew it was her mother comforting her and helping her through her pain. (p. 57, Bill Guggenheim's book, Hello From Heaven)

Example 3:  Hearing Their Favorite Song

A woman lost a close friend. A week later at a Christmas party, she put a Christmas CD on the stereo. But the song she wanted to hear on the CD which helped her with her grief wouldn't play. She became aggravated and turned on the radio instead. Immediately, the song "Wherever You Will Go" came on the radio - a song she identified with her deceased friend. She already had several such experiences with this song since her friend died. Immediately after that song was over, the song that wouldn't play on her Christmas CD came on the radio! She couldn't believe it! She began to cry because she knew that it was her friend giving her another sign from heaven that he is still around. (from Bill Guggenheim's website)

Example 4:  Seeing Their Apparition

Rosalyn is a chemical dependency counselor in Washington who had an apparition ADC. When she was seven years old, her alcoholic uncle sexually abused her for two years which was very traumatic for her. By the time she was seventeen, she was an alcoholic herself, and later became a heavy drug user. She eventually sobered up, but in order to stay sober, she had to go back through her past and deal with the people, places, and things that had harmed her. Besides her need to deal with her sexual abuse, she also wanted to make peace with her uncle. She chose to believe that if her uncle had been sober he wouldn't have abused her. So she wrote her uncle a letter and told him how she felt and told him that she held nothing against him. However, she never learned whether or not he received it. As a Christian, she would pray that her love would cover her uncle's sin. Then one day, she awoke from sleep and turned over. To her amazement, she saw Jesus and her uncle next to her bed. She could only see their heads and shoulders. There was also a light behind both of them. There was an overwhelming presence of love but also a seriousness. Jesus asked her a question that she heard in her mind. There was an authority and power in his voice, yet a gentleness as well. Jesus asked her, "Do you hold anything against this man?" She told him, "No, I don't." Then Jesus turned and looked at her uncle and said, "Neither do I hold anything against him." Rosalyn knew then that her uncle was at peace and with Jesus. A couple of days later, she received a letter from her mother telling her that Uncle Mickey had died. (p. 371, Bill Guggenheim's book, Hello From Heaven)

Return to Top 
 5. The Types of ADCs My Family Received From My Departed Mother

My mother died in a car accident on November 24, 2001. For several years after her death, my immediate family members began receiving strong indications of her continued existence after death through the following types of after-death communications listed in the chart below. All these indications suggests how much my mother wanted very much to contact us to help us with our grief. Her passing was very sudden and tragic; because, along with everyone's pain of losing her, one other family member was severely injured and almost killed. There is much evidence that our deceased loved ones want very much to contact us to help us cope with the grief. Many NDE testimonies show how experiencers are often so concerned about leaving loved ones behind, they are allowed to return. Other NDE testimonies describe some souls hovering around the living in an attempt to contact them. This is especially true in tragic cases such as suicide. Because my mother didn't get a chance to even say "goodbye" to most of my family, I understand how she must have had a strong desire to contact us from the Other Side. Here are the ways that she contacted us:

The Types of ADCs My Family Received From My Mother After Her Death 
a.  Two Separate ADCs as Visitation Dreams

On the evening of November 26, 2001, two nights after my mother's death, my sister and I had identical lucid dreams on the same night of our mother. I saw her sitting on a couch as if waiting for me to arrive. My sister's surprise and response where identical. to mine. We both exclaimed, "Mom, you're not dead!" In my case, she replied back with these exact words, "I haven't told Glenn yet." By her words, I understood she hadn't told Glenn yet she "wasn't dead." Glenn, my sister and I were not involved in the accident; but my twin brother Steve was and his wife was severely injured.

b.  An ADC of Feeling a Presence

My mother's memorial and internment was on June 22, 2002. We delayed the proceedings until summer because it was in Montana and the winter weather is terrible. On July 1, 2002, nine days after my mother's memorial, I was alone one night watching TV when I suddenly had a very powerful emotional experience lasting roughly an hour which did not involve any of my five senses. I suddenly felt my mother's presence and love magnified hundreds of times enter the room and into my heart. She brought heaven with her and filled me with a level of love and happiness I have never experienced before or since. In another article in this section, I will describe in detail what happened. 

c.  Multiple ADCs of Receiving a Symbolic Message or "Sign" in the Form of Synchronicity

The next morning, on July 2, 2002, after experiencing the powerful presence of my mother the night before, I woke up and turned on my television set. The TV show which happened to be on was a movie called Breakfast at Tiffany's and it happened to be playing the song, Moon River. This might not seem like much of a ADC until you understand the following: 


In the early 1960's, Moon River was my mother's favorite song. Everyone in our family knew this. But it was more than just a song to my mother. Like many young housewives in the 60's, it became their "anthem" - their song of liberation. Read the lyrics to the song and you will understand. My mother would very frequently play Moon River on our home stereo. It was one of the songs I loved very much myself as a child of the 1960's. It is certainly the song I identified my childhood and mother with.My mother divorced my father when I was 10 years old and my father attributed the divorce to my mother's strong feelings of wanderlust. There are many synchronicities between my mother and the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.


On November 15, 2000, I burned a CD of her favorite music with Moon River at the top of the list and mailed it to her.


On November 26, 2001, two days after my mother died, my sister and I had the same lucid dream of our mother on the same night. In our dreams, our reaction to seeing her was also the same, "Mom! You aren't dead!" But in my dream, I saw her sitting on a couch and she also told me she "hadn't told Glenn yet." I understood this to mean that, somehow, she hadn't told my brother Glenn yet she was "wasn't dead."


On November 26, 2001, my brother Glenn remembered a childhood memory of sitting on a couch with Mom and singing Moon River. I wasn't aware of this fact until December 6, 2003 when he told me. He also planned at this time to sing Moon River at Mom's memorial on June 22, 2002.


On June 20, 2002, a few days before my mother's memorial, my sister was in the shower and the song Moon River came to her mind. She hadn't thought of that song since childhood.


On June 22, 2002, my brother Glenn sang Moon River at our mother's memorial. No one knew in advance that he was going to do so. I couldn't attend the memorial because I had just recovered from an episode of bipolar disorder.


On June 27, 2002, I watched the memorial on video tape and saw Glenn singing Moon River.


On July 1, 2002, I experienced the powerful ADC while watching TV when I felt my mother's presence and the heaven she brought with her.


On July 2, 2002, the next morning, I experienced the ADC of turning the TV on with "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and, by coincidence, the song Moon River was playing.


On July 21, 2002, my father heard Paul Harvey on his car radio talking about how the signs over the real Moon River in Georgia kept getting stolen. This would be the last Moon River coincidence until months later. At the time, I believed we would get no more coincidences.


On November 5, 2003, during the month of the second anniverary of my mother's death, I published these "Moon River coincidences" and ADCs on my website. I then emailed members of my family to see if they had any more Moon River coincidences to tell me about.


On November 5, 2003, my brother Glenn and his wife heard the song Moon River highlighted on a TV show called "Sex and the City."


On November 6, 2003, Glenn read my email and viewed all the other "Moon River coincidences" on the internet for the first time. This was a very big coincidence for him. He emailed me back and told me about the unusual coincidence of hearing Moon River on "Sex and the City" the night before and then reading all the coincidences on my website that day. He commented to me, "Now I can't get Moon River out of my head."


On November 24, 2003, the very day of the second anniversary of my mother's death, Andy Williams sang Moon River on an A&E cable TV biography of him which my sister watched by coincidence. I learned this information when I phoned her the next day.


On November, 25, 2003, I phoned my brother Steve to see if they had any coincidences lately. I was surprised to learn what he then told me. Only hours before I phoned him, he and his wife, Sandy, were browsing for music CDs in a mall music store and noticed a Barbara Streisand CD which was recently released. Out of curiosity, Sandy pulled it off the shelf to look at it and noticed the song Moon River listed on the back of it.


On December 6, 2003, I emailed Glenn to ask him what inspired him to sing Moon River at the memorial. In his email reply, I learned for the first time how, as a child, my mother and him sat on the couch with him in her arms and her singing Moon River to him. It was then I realized what my mother meant in my lucid dream of her, two days after her death, when I saw her sitting on a couch. As previously mentioned, in the dream I was surprised to see her and exclaimed, "Mom, you're not dead!" to which she replied, "I haven't told Glenn yet." In Glenn's email to me, he wrote to me how a few days after Mom died, he began thinking about the song "Moon River" and how Mom would sit on the couch with him and sing it. He wrote in his email that, after Mom died, he found myself singing "Moon River" out loud to myself at work and in the car and everywhere else. It helped him feel Mom's presence during his grieving process. He also bought an Andy Williams collection on CD of him singing Moon River and decided to sing the song at Mom's memorial. This was a very big coincidence to me. All the pieces of the puzzle were now in place. I realized the synchronicity of seeing Mom in a dream, sitting on a couch, waiting to tell Glenn she isn't dead.


This was just the beginning. For several years, around the anniversary of the accident, we would have more Moon River coincidences which I will publish later.

Return to Top 
 6. Synchronicity as an After-Death Communication

Carl Jung photo. Synchronicity or "meaningful coincidences" are usually more than just "coincidences" to those who experience them. The actual term for this phenomenon is "synchronicity," coined by psychologist Carl Jung whose near-death experience I profile on my website. His NDE was instrumental in his research in the phenomenon. Synchronicity is defined as: an occurrence of events which have the following characteristics: (a) the events are simultaneous, (b) the events are very meaningful, and (c) the events are not connected by cause and effect. Read some examples of synchronicity.


My entire immediate family experienced many meaningful and highly unusual "coincidences" after my mother's death. What made them more unusual than they were was the fact that hey would occur at times that had a very special significance to my mother. And the coincidences would all involve a favorite song of hers called Moon River. Moon River would suddenly play seemingly by pure coincidence on several television programs, on the radio, on the internet, in a music store, and be heard by individual family members at special times of significance such as: around the time of her death, during her memorial and on the day of the anniversary of her death. Many of these coincidences were so unlikely to occur by mere chance that it became obvious to me that something supernatural was going on. One coincidence involved my turning on a television set and, by pure coincidence, a movie came on which began to play the song Moon River from the very beginning. About a year later, I calculated the odds of turning on a television set at random and hearing the song Moon River. My calculations show that the odds of it occurring by mere chance is over 1 in 18 billion. The odds of being killed by space junk is 1 in 5 billion.


All of these "Moon River coincidences," as our family affectionately calls them, involve facts that can be verified through such sources as cable television listings, telephone records, radio program logs, email archives, internet news articles, website update logs, and hospital records, but more importantly, personal testimony from my family. Altogether, this evidence does not meet the high standards of being scientific proof of life after death, for myself and my family, it was much more than mere proof of life after death. It was proof that my mother still exists after death and her love can still be experienced.

Return to Top

"Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world. All knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it." - Albert Einstein

Tell A Friend.

| My ADC Synchronicities Main Page | Next |

Copyright 2016 Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife

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.


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.


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.


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.