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One of the most frequently asked questions that all afterlife researchers and mediums is “Can I really communicate with those in the afterlife… and how does it work?

This well compiled report comes from my friend and colleague Victor Zammit’s Friday Afterlife Report on 5 May 2017.

After Death Contacts

A huge number of people have seen or heard a person or an animal after they have died. Very often people will tell you that someone they loved appeared at the foot of their bed and told them that they had just died. In many such cases the death was unexpected and the person had died just before they were seen.


These after death contacts have been studied scientifically since 1882 when a study was begun in England. Altogether 32,000 cases were recorded, 17,000 in English. It was published in Volume X of the Society for Psychical Research Proceedings (1894).

Further studies were carried out by the American Society for Psychical Research and by the French researcher Camille Flammarion who compiled thousands of cases in his books The Unknown (1900) and Death and Its Mystery (1925).

All the researchers found that many people in every country experienced after death communications.

In 1973 a University of Chicago sociologist asked a sample of 1,467 Americans if they had ever felt they had contact with someone who had died. Twenty seven per cent answered that they had (Greenley 1975). A similar survey in Iceland (Haraldsson et al 1976) found that thirty-one per cent said yes.

Dr. W.D. Rees, a British physician found that of a sample of widows in Wales, forty seven per cent had experiences—often repeatedly over a number of years—that convinced them that their dead husbands had been in contact with them (Rees 1971: 37-41). An earlier British experiment by Dr P. Marris (1958) had found a figure of fifty per cent.

Dr. Melvin Morse, a pediatrician who has done many studies of death and dying, claims that they are so common that it is rare for someone to lose a child and not see them again in a death-related vision (Morse 1994: 135).


Recent research shows that people who die make their presence know in a number of ways. These include:

(1) Sensing their presence
(2) Hearing their voice
(3) Feeling their touch
(4) Smelling them
(5) Seeing them as if they were real
(6) Seeing a flat vision of them like a photo
(7) Experiencing one of these while half-asleep
(8) Having a visit in a dream- but the dream is unusually vivid and you do not forget it like a normal dream
(9) Having an out-of-body experience and meeting them
(10) Receiving a telephone call from the person who died (two-way conversations have actually been reported.)
(11) Experiencing electrical appliances such as lights, TVs, and radios going on and off
(12) Receiving a symbolic message, sign, meaningful coincidence, or synchronicity.

**  Personally speaking in every reading I have done as a psychic and medium my clients have confirmed that they have had communication in one or more of these forms… mainly in the dream state. Many people however just dismiss this as some sort of weird dream, even though they find it very comforting. Once they realise it is actually a contact from the spirit world they can accept that it is real, and this realisation always has a profound effect on them.

However I believe it is important to note that while we get visits from those in the afterlife they are not hanging around us all the time. At one of my talks a woman in the audience argued vehemently with me about this, saying that her brother’s spirit was with her all the time, contrary to my research on this. She belligerently stated that he had crossed over and I didn’t know what I was talking about. I later asked John Dingwell the spokespirit for my guidance group (see Afterlife and No Goodbyes) and he laughed it off saying, “spirits have too much to do over here to be hanging around someone back on earth all the time. They come and go according to what is necessary at the time.

The renowned spirit guide Silver Birch who was channelled by UK medium Maurice Barbanell, described the energy of the earth as dark and gloomy for those in the spirit world and maintained that is why many spirits don’t want to return at all, let alone being with us all the time.