Questionnaire Introduction

  Objective of research project

A perceived spontaneous and direct After-Death Communication (ADC) occurs when a mourner unexpectedly perceives a deceased person through the senses of sight, hearing, smell, or touch. Very commonly, persons who experience an ADC (experients) solely “feel the presence” of the deceased person or perceive a contact or a communication during sleep or hypnagogic states.

ADCs occur frequently, with research having found that 50% of mourners have experienced one or more spontaneous and direct ADCs. Testimonies collected in different countries and since the last century suggest this phenomenon to be universal and timeless. Despite their widespread occurrence, ADCs, paradoxically, have been little researched and are absent from the media and public discourse. As a consequence experients usually have no frame of reference in terms of which to understand, integrate and fully benefit from this experience which doesn’t match mainstream conceptions of reality.

The objective of this international 2-year research project is to gain a better understanding of the phenomenology and the impact of perceived spontaneous After-Death Communications. The data collected on the basis of the present questionnaire are expected to provide insights into the profile of the experients; the profile of the deceased person allegedly initiating the contact; the circumstances of occurrence; the type, unfolding and message of ADCs; and their impact on experients. The outcome should permit disclosure of this hidden social phenomenon to the scientific community and the public by means of publications, conferences, and media events.

The project team thanks you very much for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. You can fill it in in several goes by using the save function which will allow you to resume the questionnaire later. Should you have any questions concerning the survey, please contact Dr Cal Cooper of the University of Northampton at

The project team thanks you for your valuable collaboration.



Consent: The following survey is exploring the experience and impact of After-Death Communications during bereavement.  Taking part is at your own discretion and you are free to decline to answer any questions which may be too personal or distressing to share. We hope that you find this a positive experience, but if subsequently you change your mind and would rather withdraw from the study then you are free to do so up to 7 days after returning this questionnaire.  If you wish to withdraw, please email Evelyn Elsaesser at and provide your personal identifier which you will create on the next page.You do not have to give a reason. All information is given anonymously and no data are collected that could identify you personally.  Please note that during the process of data analysis, all the names of persons and places will be anonymised. Please also consider the issues involved in this survey, particularly if matters of death and bereavement are a sensitive issue, before agreeing to take part.  Please tick to confirm: Required

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