Testimonials

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, M.A.
Co-Editor, Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology

There has been clear and persistent evidence that exceptional (death-related) experiences such as hearing unidentified voices, seeing apparitions, or experiencing various others forms of ostensible after-death communication occur more frequently among the bereaved than in the general population. It therefore seems to make good, potentially “therapeutic” sense – even, I may add, to notorious non-believers in survival such as myself – to try to utilize, in an explorative study, induced after-death communication experiences for the potential benefit of those who suffer from acute or unresolved grief. This rationale I find absolutely convincing, and attempts such as this seem especially relevant since current social-welfare and/or mental-health communities worldwide don’t seem to have counseling or treatment tools that effectively and reliably alleviate grief.

In my estimate, the proposed randomized clinical trial has the potential to provide useful empirical data on the possible therapeutic effectiveness of mediumship readings on the bereaved. At the same time, and in a somewhat wider methodological framework, the study may well provide insights that might be utilized for future studies that attempt to support or assist people who are disturbed by unsettling and potentially frightening unusual experiences.

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Yolaine M. Stout, BA, CFRM
President, Executive Director
American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE)
http://aciste.org

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.

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Eberhard Bauer
Head, Counseling & Information Department
Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene (IGPP)
[Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health]
Freiburg, Germany

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.'

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Janice Miner Holden, EdD
Chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton
Lead-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experience: Thirty Years of Investigation
Editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies

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.

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Louis E. LaGrand, PhD
Certified Grief Counselor
Bereavement Coordinator at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Venice, Florida
Author of Healing Grief, Finding Peace: 101 Ways to Cope with the Death of Your Loved One and Love Lives On: Learning from the Extraordinary Encounters of the Bereaved
www.extraordinarygriefexperiences.com

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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