An interpretative phenomenological analysis of after-death communication in the bereavement process of professed sceptics

M M Bara, Callum E Cooper

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Abstract

After-death communication (ADC) has been shown to have a high
prevalence in bereavement (Klugman, 2006; Sanger, 2009) and previous
research suggests that ADC can have a significant influence on grief
outcomes (Daggett, 2005; Parker, 2005; Rees, 1971). The impact of ADC in the bereavement process includes providing comfort and reassuring the bereaved (Rees, 1971; Parker, 2005; Daggett, 2005), improving continued bonds with the deceased (Drewry, 2003; Beischel et al., 2015), promoting spiritual growth (Wright et al, 2014; Cooper, 2016a), and positive emotional drives (Cooper, 2016b). However, these effects have been mainly documented in believers in an afterlife, hence leading to a need for the representation of professed sceptics. Consequently, the present study explored how sceptics interpret ADC experiences that conflict with their belief systems, the meanings they attribute to them, and their effect on the bereavement process.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2017
Event60th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association - Athens, Greece
Duration: 20 Jul 201723 Jul 2017
https://www.parapsych.org/calendar/events/69/60th_annual_convention_of_the.aspx

Conference

Conference60th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period20/07/1723/07/17
OtherThe Parapsychological Association (PA) will be coming to Greece to host Athens’ first international parapsychology meeting in 87 years. The event will be held at the Titania Hotel near Syntagma square, where scientists and scholars from around the world will gather for three days of paper presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on the latest research into psi and related phenomena, such as extra-sensory perception, psychokinesis, psychic healing, altered states of consciousness, mediumship and possible survival of bodily death. Organized by PA Members Callum E. Cooper and Nikolaos Koumartzis, the event will be open to the public and to academics alike.
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