Factors Moderating the Impact of After Death Communications on Beliefs and Spirituality

Tevfik Kalelioglu*, Jennifer Kim Penberthy, Marieta Pehlivanova, Chris Roe, Callum E. Cooper, David Lorimer, Evelyn Elsaesser

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After death communications(ADCs) are defined as perceived spontaneous contacts with living individuals by the deceased. This research presents on a subset of data from a recent large international survey of individuals who experienced ADCs and provided systematic information regarding these experiences. In our research we explore the impact of having an ADC on reported spirituality, religiosity, beliefs and attitudes about death and dying and also explore the moderating factors of this impact. We found that having an ADC was perceived as a positive life experience and that it was associated with a reduction in fear of death, belief in life after death and that the deceased could communicate with the living, and increased reported spirituality. Moderating factors include aspects of having or desiring physical contact with the deceased as well as perceiving some emotional reaction to the ADCs. Future directions for research exploration are also provided based on our findings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Early online date9 Jul 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jul 2021


  • after death communication
  • death
  • fear of death
  • religiosity
  • spirituality


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