by Mark Pitstick, MA, DC
The phenomenon of after-death contacts or ADC’s is a fascinating category of evidence that humans survive bodily death. The term ADC describes contact with a deceased person who is in a nonphysical dimension. Such reports used to be considered weird and many people did not share them for fear of being considered crazy. Now more people are openly sharing these surprisingly common experiences. After-death contacts have been reported by 25 percent of Americans, 66 percent of widows, and 75 percent of parents whose children have passed over.
Respected views from science and religion support the possibility of communication from beyond the grave. For example, Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who earned worldwide respect for his sensible application of religious principles, stated, “I firmly believe that when you die you will enter immediately into another life. They who have gone before us are alive in one form of life and we in another.”
Some religious denominations believe that the deceased sleep until a judgment day. A number of other religions and denominations, however, describe an uninter-rupted continuation of consciousness. Much evidence is consistent with Peale’s view that life continues on seamlessly after death. As such, ADC reports are consistent with contemporary evidence and at least some well-accepted theological constructs.
I first became aware of ADCs when I worked in hospitals as a respiratory therapist. Several elderly and completely lucid patients reservedly told me, “I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but there’s something about you. Last night I was visited by my late husband. He stood right there by the foot of the bed, smiled, and told me I would see him again.” Each time, these patients passed on within forty-eight hours. Reports of this type involved a visit by their departed spouse or parent. These patients were very excited about their experiences, but hesitant to tell others for fear of being thought they were crazy.
ADCs often occur during dreams, probably because the person receiving the communication is deeply relaxed and the usual hectic brain activity is dampened. These dreams seem more vibrant and real than usual. The dreamer awakens with a strong sense that actual contact was made with a departed loved one. The eminent psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung related a personal dream ADC: “Six weeks after his death my father appeared to me in a dream… It was an unforgettable experience, and it forced me for the first time to think about life after death.”
What is the difference between ghosts and those souls who visit loved ones during ADCs? Ghosts are in limbo between earth and spirit world as a result of several possibilities. These include intense addictions; strong emotions such as revenge and anger; a sudden or violent death; and limited spiritual knowledge with resistance to entering the Light. Being stuck in this netherworld is like a purgatory described by some religions. Ghosts can enter the Light anytime they choose, but may be afraid or ignorant about this possibility. Visitations by these forlorn spirits may be ongoing, feel scary or sad, and be accompanied by physical coldness. Their energy is slow, looks darker, and feels hopeless.
Souls who visit during ADCs, on the other hand, usually make brief visits and exude energies of peace and joy. They are not stuck but, rather, have successfully made the transition into spirit world. Like those briefly on the corner jail square in Monopoly, they are “just visiting” the physical dimension. Their visits are voluntary and are motivated by love and the desire to relay comfort and hope. Recipients of ADCs consider them to be sacred and are often transformed by the experience.
Why do some departed souls make contact and others don’t? They may be healing, busy with other demands, may have reincarnated already, or may not be able to energetically make the contact. Reports from spirit side say that much energy and determination are required for a spirit-being to make significant contact in physical dimensions. The receptivity of those on earth is also a very important factor since being calm and open-minded improves chances of an ADC.
“Shared ADCs” is a term for those after-death contacts experienced by more than one person at the same time. Many after-death contacts occur with only one person at a time and, while those may be personally convincing, they may lack verifiable aspects. Being perceived by more than one person simultaneously, shared ADCs provide an additional validation component. This enhanced authenticity strongly indicates that the contact is not wishful thinking or an over-active imagination but an actual contact with departed loved ones.
Ted, a long-time patient of mine, passed on after suffering with lung cancer. His wife Elizabeth is a salt-of-the-earth Christian woman whom I have known for many years and trust completely. She told me about a unique shared ADC that happened after she prayed for a sign that Ted was at peace. In the first spring after Ted’s burial, the family planted flowers by his grave and videotaped the scenery. As soon as they arrived at the grave site, a sparrow flew to Ted’s monument and perched there, cocking its head and looking intently at the family.
Elizabeth remarked that it seemed as though the sparrow were trying to tell them something or that perhaps Ted’s soul was communicating through the bird. Throughout their visit, the same sparrow continued to chirp and hop on the grave stone. The family excitedly videotaped the bird with the idea of showing it to other family members. When they played the tape at home, however, there was the grave site, grass, trees, family members, and flowers—but no sparrow! They considered this anomaly to be a sign from Ted. This story also corroborates reports that spirit beings are difficult to capture on film.
Evidential ADCs include experiences in which a person learns something he or she did not know before and, in fact, had no way of knowing. Information revealed by evidential ADCs provides stronger documentation that these encounters are not illusions. Visiting spirits may tell about long lost objects that are subsequently discovered. Even more impressively, they may relay information that was not known to anyone, but is later verified.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., had an evidentiary encounter with a deceased patient. She was walking in the hallway toward her office one day and noticed a woman standing in the corridor. They began talking and Dr. Kubler-Ross led the woman into her office. After a while, she said with considerable amazement ‘I know you!’ and recognized the woman as ‘Mrs. Schwartz,’ a patient who had died several months earlier. Mrs. Schwartz acknowledged her identity and the two talked for some time. In an attempt to obtain verifiable evidence of the visit, Dr. Kubler-Ross asked the woman to write a note to her minister. Afterwards, analysis of the handwriting matched samples written before she passed over.
For more information, read my book Soul Proof or Hello From Heaven by the Guggenheims.
Disclaimer: This information is not designed to replace medical or psychological care. Dr. Pitstick’s recommendations are based on over forty years of training and experience in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic chiropractic practice. Some of his statements are supported by clinical and scientific data while others are based on empirical evidence and his best current understandings.
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, clinical psychologist, chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop/webinar teacher. He is Director of The SoulPhone Foundation, International Vice-President of Eternea, and board member of Helping Parents Heal. Mark can help you know and show — no matter what is going on around you — that your earth-experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. Visit Soul Proof for free articles, newsletters, and radio shows with top consciousness experts. Email your toughest questions to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.