The following are testimonials written by experts in the fields of bereavement, counseling, and transformative experiences in support of the Bereavement and Mediumship (BAM) Study.
Gerd H. Hövelmann,
Yolaine M. Stout,
As more and more people seek out mediumship readings as part of their healing journey after the loss of a loved one, our understanding of the impact of this common practice becomes ever more important. This study provides a unique opportunity to shed light on this topic, one which is severely lacking in the peer-reviewed literature. The methodology addresses serious limitations that have affected other attempts to research more traditional grief interventions. Given her background, training, and experience, Dr. Beischel is uniquely positioned to apply this rigorous methodology in exploring the clinical relevance of mediumship readings.
If one shares the assumption of this proposal that mediumship readings can offer 'enough correct information to indicate that communication with the dead' can occur, then it is a fresh and innovative attempt to deal with acute grief by using mediumship readings. In any case, the study can contribute in its own way to the evolving field of 'clinical parapsychology.'
Miner Holden, EdD
In my view, this research is long overdue. Previous researchers have overwhelmingly observed that grief is eased in people who experienced spontaneous after-death communications. Anecdotal reports convey similar effects in grieving people who receive medium readings. The study Dr. Beischel has proposed promises to make a substantial contribution to the field of clinical parapsychology.
E. LaGrand, PhD
There is no more appropriate time for the study of the potential of mediumship to help survivors than there is today, at a time when spiritual issues and interests are in critical analysis when mourning. This study would make an essential contribution to the literature. Little is it known professionally that many mourners seek out mediums with success in that they are better able to adapt to their great losses. This study could eventually help many counselors and ultimately untold numbers of the bereaved who would be the recipients of counselors' needed validation. Dr. Beischel is unquestionably qualified to develop and present a clear-cut analysis of the data.
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