weekly blog--one for the ages
A number of years ago, a young woman walked into the lobby of the synagogue I was attending for Saturday morning services. I had never seen her before, and she had this distant, far-away look in her eyes. She asked me a few questions. I answered them as best I could, and then she turned and walked out of the building. I never saw her again, but for some reason I was overcome with the thought that I had just been communicating with my wife’s grandmother who had recently passed away.
Have you ever sensed the presence of someone who recently passed away? Heard their voice? Felt their touch? Visualized them in your sleep? Well, you are not alone. According to one research study I found, at least 60 million Americans, about 20% of the U.S. population, have had one or more After-Death Communication (ADC) experiences. And some polls indicate the actual number maybe twice as high.
As common as these events seem to be, people are reluctant to talk about them for fear that others will think they have lost their minds. Those who dismiss, minimize or trivialize the experience often do not realize how important they can be.
According to a number of grieving experts, an ADC experience serves to provide an ongoing connection to the deceased and suggests to those who are living that death is not final. The experience proves to be healing and affirming. It serves as a source of comfort, consolation, strength, and can also play a large role in reducing the pain of grief.
Further, it is not unusual for those who have had these experiences to develop an increased interest in spirituality, and to explore existential issues about God and the Universe.