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5 Groups Who Claim to Talk to the Dead

        Science | Afterlife

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The Bereaved
Many people hope for messages beyond the grave from loved ones. iStock/Thinkstock
Many people hope for messages beyond the grave from loved ones. iStock/Thinkstock

A little boy dies. The parents long to hear from him again. A friend is killed in a car accident. There was no time to say good-bye. Death has always been a mystery to us. We long to know what's on the other side, if indeed there is another side. Many people can't cope with death. Perhaps that's why 28 percent of Americans believe that people can mentally communicate with the dead. Twenty-six percent aren't sure whether people can chat it up with a sprit, but they won't rule it out, either [source: Barrett].

Why do the bereaved want to talk to the dead? Many people want to be reassured about loved ones who die. People claim to have talked to the dead in their dreams. Others prefer a more one-on-one approach. Sometimes the dead want to contact you. It's called an after-death communication. An ADC might happen spontaneously when a deceased loved one, without the use of mediums or anything else, lets you know he or she is there.

ADCs are said to come in many forms, like smelling a perfume or cologne, hearing a voice, or feeling a touch. As one Web site devoted to ADCs claims, "Broken hearts and traumatized minds have been completely healed with one powerful after-death communication that says everything the griever would need to find peace."