Many researchers and writers have reported accounts of
after-death communication in their books and articles, usually along with other types of
experiences. Here's a listing of a few of them.
Joan Wester Anderson: Joan's book, Where
Angels Walk, contains a collection of 50 accounts of people who believe that angels
have intervened in their lives. Three of these stories contain ADC experiences:
The Man In White When twelve-year-old
Mark Durrance was playing outside in southwestern Florida, 150 yards from his home, he was
bitten in his foot by a large rattlesnake. Mark insists that his deceased Grand-Daddy
Durrance was with him when he was in the hospital emergency room.
On A Wave Of Light Norma Smith's
three-year-old son, Tommy, was murdered by a mentally ill tenant in her home. Almost six
months later, while attending an evening mass at a Catholic church, Norma saw a bright
flash of light and received a telepathic message from Tommy saying, "Mom, don't
worry. Everything's going to be okay."
Callers In The Night Dr. S. W. Mitchell, a
neurologist in Philadelphia, was summoned by a young girl to help her mother who was
seriously ill with pneumonia. However, when Dr. Mitchell arrived at the woman's home,
he learned her daughter had died a month earlier.
Father Arnold Damien, a Catholic priest in Chicago, was
summoned by two young boys to assist their grandmother who was dying. Upon arriving at her
apartment to administer the last rites, the elderly woman told Fr. Damien that her two
grandsons, who had been altar boys at his church, had died many years ago.
And her latest book, Where Miracles Happen,
features an entire 40-page section titled Miracles From Beyond which contains a
variety of ADC accounts. And some of these appeared in the September 13, 1994 issue of the
Patrick Briese: Patrick is a widower and social
worker who had a dramatic series of ADCs with his deceased wife. He wrote a 4-page
article, Not So Unusual, Unusual Experiences, for the Resource Manual For
Outreach Volunteers for the Widowed Persons Service, a program of the American
Association of Retired Persons (AARP). He's also conducted workshops on this topic at
Ian Currie: Ian is a Canadian researcher, teacher,
and author of books on sociology, thanatology, and parapsychology. He offers a large
variety of ADCs and other experiences in his book, You Cannot Die, to prove that
man survives physical death.
Eda Devers: Eda is a nurse practitioner in
Jacksonville, Florida. Her article, Experiencing The Deceased, is based upon a
small study of ADCs and her unpublished master's thesis. It appears in Florida
Nursing Review published by The University of Florida, January, 1988.
Mitch Finley: An author and columnist, Mitch
solicited accounts of after-death communication experiences by placing advertisements in
newspapers. His book, Whispers of Love, contains 75 of the accounts he received.
Kelli Gariglietti: Kelli is a student at Pittsburg
State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. Her unpublished 42-page paper, Reunions Of Love
And Hope, is an excellent introduction to ADC experiences and includes several
accounts she collected on her own.
Andrew M. Greeley: A Catholic priest and
best-selling novelist, Father Greeley is a professor of social science at the University
of Chicago. Chapter 12, "Religious Stories and Contact with the Dead" of his
1995 book, Religion As Poetry, is a commentary on statistics obtained through polls
conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) that pertain to the general field
of after-death communication experiences.
Tom Harpur: Tom, a Canadian, is an ordained
Anglican priest, a professor, a journalist and author, the host of his own TV show, and
the Religion Editor of The Toronto Star. A variety of experiences from readers of
his syndicated column, including a dozen ADCs, appear in the first chapter of his book, Life
Joseph Heinerman: A Mormon researcher,
Joseph's book, Spirit World Manifestations, contains a wide assortment of
accounts of "divine aid in genealogical and temple work and other assistance to
Latter-day Saints." A few are ADC experiences.
Hans Holzer: Hans is a popular writer and lecturer
on extrasensory perception (ESP), paranormal experiences, and other topics of
parapsychology. He presents in-depth descriptions and analysis of a wide range of ADCs in
his popular book, Life After Death: The Challenge and The Evidence, and several
more in the first half of his most recent book, Life Beyond.
Lone Jensen: Originally from Denmark, her book, Gifts
of Grace - A Gathering of Personal Encounters with the Virgin Mary, contains 41
firsthand accounts from people who have had an encounter with the Blessed Mother. In one,
RoseAnn Procopio reports that her deceased grandfather and the Blessed Mother appeared to
her during a sleep-state ADC when she was thirteen years old. Her grandfather also placed
a beautiful gold medal with an image of the Madonna in RoseAnn's hand and tightened
her fingers around it, which was still closed when she awakened the next morning.
Pamela M. Kircher, M.D.: Pamela reports a
near-death experience she had as a little girl in her book, Love Is the Link - A
Hospice Doctor Shares Her Experience of Near-Death and Dying. She also describes NDEs
many other people have had, and her book contains an entire chapter on ADCs titled
"Visitations from Dead Relatives."
Hilary Klein: Hilary is a mental health counselor
in Tacoma, Washington. She presented her paper on sleep-state ADC experiences, A Unique
Type Of Dream In The Bereavement Process, at the 1994 annual conference of The
Association for Death Education and Counseling, in Portland, Oregon.
Joel Martin and Patricia Romanowski: Their
book, We Are Not Forgotten, documents the work of the American psychic medium
George Anderson. It contains accounts of two ADCs he had with his friend, Father John
Papallo, a Franciscan Capuchin priest, and a sleep-state ADC Patricia had with her father
before she learned of his death.
Robert A. Monroe: Bob is a researcher and author
on the subject of his own and others' out-of-body experiences. He founded The Monroe
Institute in Faber, VA to study alternate levels of consciousness and offers workshops on
these topics to the general public.
His latest book, Ultimate Journey, contains a
chapter on the general subject of OBE ADCS and he briefly describes ADCs he's had
with his mother, father, and friends.
Melvin Morse, M.D.: Mel is a pediatrician and the
first researcher to conduct a comprehensive study of near-death experiences of children.
He cites several ADCs in his books (written with Paul Perry): Closer To The Light
and Transformed By The Light.
In his latest book, Parting Visions (written with
Paul Perry), he examines a variety of death-related visions, a number of which are
ADCs. Mel relates a sleep-state ADC he had with his father who told him to call his
answering service. When Mel awoke and made the phone call, he learned from his mother that
his father had just died.
Lee Nelson: He has written numerous magazine and
newspaper articles, and is the author of several books. Lee, a Mormon, has compiled
eighteen firsthand accounts of spiritual experiences of members of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints in his book, Beyond The Veil Volume One. These
are primarily ADCs and near-death experiences.
Michael Newton: He is a counselor and
hypnotherapist whose book, Journey Of Souls, covers "case studies of life
between lives." Michael's mother died suddenly from a heart attack, and he
briefly describes an ADC he had with her a few hours after her funeral. He also states
that his sister had an identical experience at approximately the same time he did, though
in a different room of the same house.
Judy Osgood: A bereaved mother herself, Judy has
collected 35 accounts of bereaved parents who have survived their devastating loss and
pain. The contributors to her short book, Meditations For Bereaved Parents, share
many profound insights and several of their ADCs.
Kenneth Ring: A professor of psychology, Ken is a
highly-respected researcher of near-death experiences (NDEs). As he reports in his book, Heading
Toward Omega, many people who have an NDE also have ADCs and other kinds of spiritual
D. Scott Rogo: A writer of numerous books and
articles on psychical research, his book, Life After Death, contains two chapters
on ADCs. Scott also wrote a chapter on ADCs for the anthology, What Survives?
Contemporary Explorations of Life After Death, edited by Gary Doore, Ph.D. Phone
Calls From the Dead which contains numerous telephone ADCs was his
Eleanora "Betsy" Ross: Betsy became a
widow when her husband died by suicide. She is an author and the founder of Ray of
Hope, Inc., a self-help organization for coping with suicide, loss, and grief, in Iowa
City, Iowa. Her book, After Suicide: A Ray Of Hope, contains a few examples of
David Ryback: David is a clinical psychologist who
has taught classes on dreams and similar phenomena. His book, Dreams That Come True,
written with Letitia Sweitzer, contains several examples of sleep-state ADCs.
Elsie Sechrist: Elsie, a longtime student and
teacher of the Edgar Cayce readings, specialized in dream interpretation. Her book, Death
Does Not Part Us, is filled with ADCs and other experiences that confirm Cayce's
views on life after death.
Kimberly Clark Sharp: Kim, a social worker in
Seattle, is both an experiencer and a researcher of near-death experiences. Her book, After
The Light, contains several accounts of ADCs she had following her NDE.
Harold Sherman: A very popular writer on psychic
phenomena, Harold developed a special interest in survival after death and the possibility
of communication with the deceased. Two of his books, You Live After Death and The
Dead Are Alive, contain many examples of ADCs.
Bernie Siegel: He is a cancer specialist, surgeon,
lecturer, and author who works with "exceptional cancer patients" people
who are willing to participate in their own healing. Bernie gives several examples of ADCs
in his two best-selling books, Love, Medicine & Miracles and Peace, Love
Robert C. Smith: He is the author of In The
Presence Of Angels which is based upon a research study he conducted with the
assistance of the membership of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE) in
Virginia Beach. Several of the first-person accounts in his book are actually reports of
after-death communications with deceased family members who serve as "angelic
Susy Smith: Susy is an American researcher who has
written several books on the general topic of life after death. She presents a number of
ADCs in Life Is Forever, including several which are evidential or provide
protection to a living person.
Michele Sorensen and David Willmore: These
two Mormon researchers have compiled a large variety of spiritual and mystical experiences
of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and published them in their
book, The Journey Beyond Life Volume One. Several of these accounts are
Allen Spraggett: He is a Canadian minister,
newspaper columnist, and author who has written several books on parapsychology. He
provides a variety of evidence for life after death, including several excellent examples
of ADCs, in his book, The Case for Immortality.
Brad Steiger: Brad is a teacher and author of over
one hundred books on metaphysical subjects. Though his latest book, One With The Light,
is primarily about near-death experiences, it also contains several ADC accounts as well.
Cherie Sutherland, Ph.D.: Cherie
researched the ADCs of bereaved parents in Australia and published her book,
Beloved Visitors: Parents Tell of After-Death Visits from Their Children,
via Bantam Books, Australia in 1997. Cherie is also author of several other
books, including Transformed by the Light, reflecting her NDE research.
Brian Weiss, M.D.: An American psychiatrist who
utilizes hypnosis in his practice, Brian has written two books on the healing value of
past life regression therapy, Many Lives, Many Masters and Through Time Into
Healing. They contain many accounts of past life and in-between-life memories and some
Ian Wilson: Ian, an English researcher, examines a
wide variety of evidence for life after death in his book, The After Death Experience.
While he discredits several forms of such evidence, he presents many fine examples of
near-death experiences and ADCs.