Types of Phenomena Pointing to Life After Death

Many different types of experiences are suggestive of life beyond death.


Apparitions (ghosts) – Forms of deceased persons are seen which range in appearance from very filmy to completely lifelike.

Deathbed Visions  –  A dying person, within 48 hours of death, sees visions of deceased loved ones, who seem to beckon them to join them.

Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC) – Unexplained sounds, voices, and images are received by a variety of electronic devices including recording instruments, TV’s, computers, radios and telephones.

Mental Mediumship –  A “medium” conveys information regarding a deceased person to the living.

Near-death experience (NDE)  –  While a person is clinically dead, he/she experiences some or all of several features, including out-of-body experience;  passing through a “tunnel;”  sighting deceased relatives; encountering a “being of light;” and a life review.

Out-of-body experience (OOBE)  –   Persons experience their consciousness at a location away from their physical body.

“Phone calls from the dead” – A deceased person’s voice is heard on the telephone.

Physical mediumship  –  In the presence of certain persons called “physical mediums,” “materializations” and the “direct voice” in the air seeming separate from the medium, are reported.

Poltergeist  – Persons report a variety of effects, including raps, spontaneous movement of objects, touches, and aromas.  Occasionally these effects are accompanied by apparitions. The apparitions are considered by some researchers as suggestive of life beyond death.

“Reincarnation” cases  –  Persons, often very young (two to three years old), describe details of a prior life.

Spontaneous cases    –  One experiences a variety of effects which seem to relate to the deceased.  Effects include touches,  raps,  fragrances,  voices,  falling paintings, and stopping of clocks.

NOTE:  Parapsychology is a field of science which studies the gaining of information and the influencing of matter by unknown means.  One aspect of this field is so-called “survival research,” which includes the study of experiences suggestive of continuation of consciousness beyond death.