(FactFaction) I'll believe it when I see it! No, wait, I won't believe it until science says I see it.
("Ghost") Researchers, whose study was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, came to their conclusions after compiling results of all previous peer-reviewed research in English.
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- University researchers found "strikingly high" prevalence of sightings of the dead.
- Many never reveal experience for fear of ridicule or being labelled crazy.
- Experiences may be similar to PTSD flashbacks.
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These experiences,* they say, can include sights, sounds, smells, or sensing the presence of their departed loved one.
Nancy, I'm still with you.
Although many would say that these encounters constitute evidence for life after death [immediate rebirth into another body, often in temporary spirit (subtle matter) form before further rebirths], the study appears to discount that possibility by labeling them "post-bereavement hallucinatory experiences."
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"[Experiences of Continued Presence or ECPs] can occur for many years afterwards and even when the bereaved are no longer experiencing trauma and they are usually not in the form of flashbacks but can be quite new experiences," she said. "Whether they are helpful or unhelpful depends on the nature of the relationship with the deceased."
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Dr. Hayes added: "The form [that ECPs] take also fits the relationship with the deceased. It’s like they walk on to the stage, on cue, and play the part the bereaved would expect them to." More
(Coast to Coast AM) The phenomenon has a name, its paranormal nomenclature, "after-death communication" (ADC), coined by pioneering researcher Bill Guggenheim.
|I'll be back. We all will. Life goes on and on.|
With time goes and more research, the social stigma surrounding the phenomenon will lessen and answers about their origin may be determined.