According to the Guggenheims’ research, the purpose of these visits, contacts, and signs by those who have left their physical body is to offer comfort, reassurance, and hope to their parents, spouse, siblings, children, grandchildren, other family members, and friends. They want you to know they’re still alive, and that you’ll be reunited with them when it’s your turn to leave your lifetime on Earth. They want to assure you they’ll be there to meet you and greet you – and perhaps even to assist you – as you make your own transition.
The most frequent messages expressed verbally or non-verbally by those who have made their transition include:
I’m okay … I’m fine … Everything is okay … Don’t worry about me … Don’t grieve for me
I’m happy … Everything will be alright … Go on with your life … Please forgive _______
Thank you for taking care of me … I’ll always be there for you … I’m watching over you
Please let me go on with my new life … I’ll see you again … I love you … Goodbye
Many people report feeling an incredible sense of peace – “the peace that passeth all understanding” – during and after an ADC experience. Almost all after-death communications provide comfort, hope, and profound emotional and spiritual healing, especially to those who are bereaved or are fearful of death. ADCs usually reduce the intensity of the experiencer’s grief and shorten the duration of his or her bereavement. Hearing or reading firsthand ADC accounts provides courage and strength to patients who have a life-threatening illness, and they inspire caregivers to the elderly and the terminally ill, like hospital and hospice personnel.
Unfortunately, some people react with fear when they have an ADC. Typically this is because they are startled by the suddenness of the event, or they may have never heard of one happening to anybody else. They may automatically assume they are “losing their mind” or “going crazy.” Others find it difficult to reconcile the possibility of after-death communication with their philosophical or religious beliefs. The Guggenheims encourage you to trust your own experiences and accept them as being real for you.
Of course there are numerous critics of after-death communication (ADC) experiences. Many atheists, agnostics, and skeptics insist, “They can’t be true, so they aren’t!” They even refuse to examine the evidence. They assert ADCs are merely “grief-induced hallucinations” based upon wish fulfillment, imagination, magical thinking, fantasies, memories, denial, and emotional needs. Some conservative religious leaders preach that ADCs are satanic or demonic and conflict with the teachings of their faith. Hello From Heaven! contains six categories which provide persuasive evidence that ADC experiences are authentic contacts by deceased loved ones.
Timing Is Everything: ADCs Before the News Numerous experiencers report having an ADC before they learned of their loved one’s sudden and unexpected death. Therefore they would not have been grieving the loss of their relative or friend. Frequently the time of the transition and the time of the ADC are exactly the same.
Expect the Unexpected: ADCs Years Later Some people have an ADC experience 5, 10, 20, 30, or more years after the death of their loved one. Presumably they would not be actively grieving the death of their relative or friend that many years later. In addition, the longer they happen after the transition, the more important the message typically is.
Validation: Evidential ADCs Many ADC experiences are “evidential” because they provide specific information the experiencers did not know – and could not have known – before their ADCs occurred. For example, they may be told the location of something of emotional or financial value that is lost, which they are looking for, but aren’t able to find. In other cases, important items are revealed to them, ones they don’t even know exist.
Special Delivery: ADCs for Protection In many cases a person’s life and property are literally protected or saved because of information they are given during their ADC. Coauthor, Bill Guggenheim, was advised by his deceased father to “Go outside and check the swimming pool,” and when he did, he rescued his 21-month-old son, Jon, who was drowning.
This category includes people who received protection from potential automobile and aircraft accidents, medical emergencies, criminal activities, industrial accidents, a building fire, and undiagnosed health problems of children and adults. These accounts provide very compelling evidence that our deceased loved ones are indeed watching over us – like guardian angels – and can and do intervene when they are able to do so.
If you are ever told to “Slow down,” “Stop your car,” “Drive a different route,” or “Check your car” by a loved one who has died, do so immediately – and you will very likely avert a serious accident – or worse. This is equally true if you are ever alerted to call or check on somebody. Do it immediately, day or night, regardless of the hour involved. You may literally save their life!
Saving Grace: ADCs for Suicide Intervention This category includes firsthand accounts of people who were planning to take their own life, and two of them were actually in the process of doing so. Because a deceased loved one came to them at just the right moment, they changed their mind – and they were still alive and able to be interviewed years later. It’s interesting to note that 60% of those who came back to help someone with suicidal feelings had died from taking their own life.
Confirmation: ADCs with a Witness Occasionally two or more people are together at the same place and time when they share having an ADC – and they usually learn of this when they speak to each other later on, about what they felt, heard, and saw. These ADCs attest to the validity and credibility of after-death communication. And they confirm that ADCs are objective experiences and not merely subjective ones.
Prevalence of ADC's
The Guggenheims’ research indicates that after-death communication experiences are so prevalent they should be regarded as a natural and normal part of life. ADCs deserve the same public attention and awareness that near-death experiences (NDEs) have been receiving since 1975. Yet no documentary film, major magazine article, or entire national television program has ever been devoted to this vast field of evidence for human survival beyond physical death.
After-death communication (ADC) experiences provide dramatic and convincing modern-day evidence for life after death. They confirm that when our body dies, we simply make a transition from this physical world to a continuing existence in heaven. There we can expect to have joyous reunions with our deceased relatives and friends, who will meet us and greet us – and who can and do communicate with us now.
ADCs consistently affirm an essential spiritual message:
Life and love are eternal. When a caterpillar dies, a butterfly is born.
– B. G.