An after death communication (ADC) is defined as some sort of communication or contact from a loved one who has died. Though not often publicly discussed, these experiences are anything but rare. Some surveys shows that as much as 30% of the population has, at one time or another, experienced an ADC. This number tends to be even higher among widows, who seem especially prone to receiving communications from their deceased spouses.
There are many different types of ADCs. Some can be as brief and simple as momentarily smelling the perfume or cologne of a lost loved one, while others are as powerful and moving as seeing and having a conversation with a full-blown manifestation of that person.
In their popular book in the subject, “Hello from Heaven,” Bill and Judy Guggenheim sought to divide ADCs into different categories. After receiving thousands of different reports from people all over North America during their research, Bill and Judy noticed that ADCs tended to fall quite neatly into 12 different types of experiences. These 12 types are:
- Sensing the “presence” of a lost loved one.
- Hearing the voice of a lost loved one, either in one’s mind or audibly through the ears.
- Feeling the touch of a lost loved one.
- Smelling a particular fragrance associated with a lost loved one.
- Seeing a partial or full manifestation of a lost loved one.
- Seeing an image of a lost loved one as if through a window or hologram.
- Communicating with a lost loved one in a dream.
- Communicating with a lost loved one when in a relaxed, meditative, or hypnotic state.
- Communicating with a lost loved one while having an out-of-body experience.
- Hearing the voice of a lost loved one over the phone.
- Seeing a symbol or a sign believed to have come from a lost loved one.
- Receiving a direct physical sign from a lost loved one, such as flashing lights or moving objects.
One could argue that ADCs are nothing more than the overactive imagination of a bereaved mind. There is, of course, no real way to prove or disprove this hypothesis. It could very well be that certain visions or auditory experiences occur because someone desperately wants to see or hear their loved one again. Only the experiencer can decide for themselves if they believe the communication to be authentic.
One type of ADC that the bereavement hypothesis would have a hard time explaining, however, are accounts of communications that occur before someone is even aware of the fact that a loved one has passed away. Though uncommon, these experience do occur.
Many people find comfort and solace in ADCs, seeing them as a sign that their loved one is okay and has continued to exist in some form. Not everyone believes in such experiences, particularly those who have never had it happen to them. However, people who have experienced an ADC often find the experience very hard to discount, and many even end up having to change their preconceived notions about death and the afterlife because of it.