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Contact with the Deceased


Roughly a third of American adults have experienced contact with the deceased; this includes people from all walks of life: any gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, education level, income, religion, physical or mental condition, or whether or not they are bereaved (e.g., Streit-Horn, 2011a, 2011b).

The experiences may include “sensing the presence of the deceased; visual, olfactory, tactile, and auditory (voices or sounds) phenomena; conversations; powerful dreams; hearing meaningfully timed songs on the radio or music associated with the deceased; messages from objects; lost-things-found; communication through electric devices (e.g., flickering lights); natural phenomena; symbolic messages; synchronicities; and other unusual incidents or unexplainable phenomena… These post-death communications and experiences seem to be a natural part of the grieving process” (Beischel, Mosher, & Boccuzzi, 2014-15, p. 174).

Cited Sources


Beischel, J., Mosher, C. & Boccuzzi, M. (2014-15). The possible effects on bereavement of assisted after-death communication during readings with psychic mediums: A continuing bonds perspective. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 70(2), 169-194. doi: 10.2190/OM.70.2.b
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Streit-Horn, J. (2011a). After-death communication [fact sheet]. Retrieved from https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84284/m2/1/high_res_d/dissertation.pdf
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Konigsberg, R. D. (2011). The truth about grief: The myth of its five stages and the new science of loss. Simon and Schuster.
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Streit-Horn, J. (2011b). A systematic review of research on after-death communication (ADC) [dissertation]. Retrieved from https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84284/m2/1/high_res_d/dissertation.pdf
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