The Big Question: Can Our Departed Loved Ones Communicate with Us?

People often reach out to us with stories about the heavenly messages they’ve received from their deceased loved ones. These signs offer guidance, healing and reassurance.

People often reach out to us with stories about the heavenly messages they’ve received from their deceased loved ones. These signs offer guidance, healing and reassurance. But can those who have already gone to heaven really communicate with the living? We asked several authors, theologians and scholars to weigh in.

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Yvonne Kason, M.D., author of Touched by the Light

“Love is the strongest force in the universe. Our love remains in our souls after death of the body. Driven by this bond of love, departed dear ones may communicate important messages to us—through our dreams, in meditations or even by appearing or whispering to us while we are fully awake. Such is the eternal power of love.”

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Christine Duminiak, author of After-Death Communications: God’s Gift of Love

“When God sent my departed in-laws’ spirits in heaven to visit me in the middle of the night and they stayed for an hour, all doubts about the dead’s ability to communicate with us on earth simply melted away. Heavenly visits and signs combined with prayer can bring healing, peace and comfort to the bereaved, as well as reassurance that God loves us and cares about our sorrow.”

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Ecclesiastes 9:5–6

“For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even their name is forgotten. Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.”

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Risё Severson Kasmirski, author of When Paradise Speak

“The afterlife is as real as this physical life and our loved ones in spirit yearn to offer us their loving support and guidance. All we must do is be willing to ask, receive, and act on their messages.”

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Bill and Judy Guggenheim, authors of Hello from Heaven

“During the seven years we researched after-death communications, we became convinced that spiritual love transcends all barriers of time and space, including death. We believe after-death communication experiences demonstrate conclusively that these bonds of love are never broken because life and love are eternal.”

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James White, author of Answers to Catholic Claims, a Discussion of Biblical Authority

“The Bible strongly condemns communication with the dead. It does not matter if those who died were good or bad, saintly or evil, there is to be no communication between the living and the dead. The only communication with spirit beings that originates with man that is allowed in Scripture is that of prayer to God and he alone.”

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Leo Buscaglia, author of Born for Love

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.”

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Kim Weaver, author of Death Is Not Goodbye

“Your deceased loved ones can communicate through signs, symbols, synchronicities, your mental thoughts and your physical senses. You were born with the gifts of spirit. It is your birthright. Exercising your spiritual muscles and love is all you need to receive these messages.”

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