Communicating after death: comforting fact or creepy fiction?

By Shannon King
May 2, 2002

Most people believe that after you die, there is some form of afterlife. Whether you believe in heaven or hell or reincarnation, is a religious preference. However, no matter what you believe, there is a question of whether or not you have the ability to communicate with your loved ones after you die.

Guardian angels have always been a precious belief for people of all ages. After losing a loved one, it is comforting to think that your grandmother or grandfather is out there watching over and protecting you. These thoughts may be comforting, but do guardian angels or even ghosts really exist? There are psychics all over the media claiming to know your future and now there are people who claim to be mediums, connecting the living with those who have “crossed over.”

“Crossing over with John Edward” is a television show on weekday mornings about one such medium who claims to be able to “connect those in the physical world with those who have crossed over.” Edward’s show is based around a gallery of people hoping to connect with relatives and friends that hey have lost over the years. Edward stands in the center and tells anxious audience members of things of their past that he couldn’t possibly know, according to most audience members.

Junior Lori Lonergan said that her parents went to see the show after a loved one had passed away, and Edward told them things that he could not have possibly known. She also said that no one had asked them any questions about why they were there and what they wanted to hear. Whether or not personal information is given out prior to the show is a question asked most by most skeptics.

“I don’t really believe it,” student Judy Ventresca said. “I don’t believe that it’s feasible to contact the dead. Once you are deceased you can’t come back.”

Student Jennifer Ford had a different opinion, “I believe it. It’s nice to think that your life doesn’t end here.”

In the past couple of years there have been many portrayals of people blessed with this particular “gift.” “The Sixth Sense” was about a child who was able to see dead people and help them in some way or another. There was a made for television movie called, “Living with the dead,” on last Sunday night starring Ted Danson that followed a similar plot line. The movie was based on a true story. Now, the man that the main character was supposed to represent, is going to have his own series on day time television similar to Edward’s. Are these people for real, or are they just out to make money?

Some people may shudder to think that anyone is watching over them and can see every move that is made.

Whether or not you believe in mediums and the ability to contact the dead, it is kind of cool to think that after we die we’ll be able to let our loved ones know that we were there, in some form, to witness that milestone in their lives, whatever it may be.

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