Helpful Websites & Resources
This is the website for the ADC project developed by Bill and Judy Guggenheim. Their classic book on after-death communication, Hello from Heaven, was the first on this topic that I read after Cassie died. They also have many resources listed on near-death experiences, bereavement and loss, end of life care and spiritual growth.
The After-Death Communication Research Foundation explores the phenomenon of ADCs through experiences that people have contributed to their website. They also provide an analysis of the scientific validity of near-death experiences in Jeffery Long’s and Paul Perry’s book, Evidence of the Afterlife.
The Afterlife Research and Education Institute Inc. is focused on developing methods to enhance afterlife communication and ease the transition from earth to the other side of the veil. They provide a list of modalities to communicate with departed loved ones at http://afterlifeinstitute.org/connect-loved-one-spirit
Another great resource for near-death experiences is the International Association for Near Death Studies. A recently published book by IANDS, The Self Does Not Die, written by Titus Rivas, Anny Dirven and Rudolf H. Smit reviews many NDEs and provides evidence regarding the hypothesis that our human consciousness is independent of brain function by examining instances of non-physical awareness such as a patient with a flatline EKG observing and being able to report the details their resuscitation procedures after a cardiac arrest.
*If you or someone you know needs immediate help call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255). They provide access to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.*
This organization was started by a father who lost his 16-year-old son to suicide. It provides education and resources for students, parents, coaches and teachers about youth suicide and how to intervene. They have also developed a free App, A Friend Asks, available from the Apple store that describes how to respond if someone you know confides that they are thinking about suicide.
This website was established by the American Association of Suicidology. It has many resources on suicide prevention training for mental health workers, health care providers, colleges and schools as well as an annual conference that brings together stakeholders in many fields to discuss suicide related topics.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is an organization devoted to helping those who have been touched by suicide by providing resources for suicide survivors, funding research on suicide prevention strategies and education about mental health and suicide.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides resources, programs and training on suicide prevention strategies for faith communities, workplaces, primary and mental healthcare workers, colleges and schools.
Grief and the grieving process:
The Compassionate Friends is an organization that provides support, hope and healing to parents, siblings, grandparents and friends after a child has died. They now have about 700 local chapters in the United States. They list all the chapters on their website along with telephone contact and meeting information. They also provide online support through scheduled live chats and private Facebook groups focusing on different grief related topics.
This website established an online support group for people who have lost loved ones to suicide. It provides resources for healing survivor grief as well as a safe haven for survivors of suicide to share their experiences and provide support and comfort to others who have encountered a similar loss.
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors website was founded by Ronnie Walker, a licensed clinical mental health counselor who lost her stepson to suicide. The website provides an online community forum, resources for suicide survivors such as a recommended book list, referrals for private counseling and a memorial page.
Graceful Mournings was founded by Lucinda Martin and is an association of ordained interfaith funeral and memorial ministers. The website provides a list of ministers and their locations and resources for celebration of life ceremonies, grief support and creating memories.
Shawn writes and performs healing and transformational music. The song he wrote for me and Cassie, “Dancing Down the Dreaming Road” can be found on his album, Inspired.