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Hello from Heaven!Review - Hello from Heaven!
A New Field of Research, After-Death Communication Confirms that Life and Love are Eternal
by Bill Guggenheim and Judy Guggenheim
Bantam Books, 1997
Review by Vicki Jung, M.A., CMHC
Jul 1st 1999 (Volume 3, Issue 26)

Is there life after death?  What happens to us after we die?  Have you ever wanted to communicate with a deceased loved one?  Can our loved ones communicate with us from the other side?  Or...have you ever thought your deceased loved one was communicating with you?  If you are looking for answers to any of these questions, then Hello From Heaven is the book for you.  Bill and Judy Guggenheim bring to us a new field of research which they call "After Death Communication" (ADC) that confirms for many that life and love are eternal.

How would you know if a deceased loved one was communicating with you? Through the book, you will learn of the various ways in which our loved ones communicate with us from the other side.  Bill and Judy interviewed over 2.000 people whose loved ones had died and reported some type of communication from them.  Their personal stories are woven throughout the chapters devoted to explaining the various types of ADCs.  Whether it is as simple as sensing their presence, hearing a voice, or dreaming about them to a partial or full appearance visually of deceased loved ones, there is one account after another of peoples' personal experiences of ADCs.  The similarity of the reported stories documenting ADCs in Hello From Heaven is powerfully convincing that there is life after death.

The book is intended for the general public.  It is easy to read and comprehend and has a broad range of appeal.   Certainly, people who have recently had a loved one die would not only find it of interest, but comforting as well.  They will become educated on ways their loved ones may try to communicate with them from the other side.  For some, who have had unexplainable experiences in relationship to their deceased loved ones, will most likely find answers to their questions.  Through the answers to these questions, they will begin to clarify what has been happening and possibly bring them peace of mind.  The book may not be as appealing to people who have yet to experience the death of a loved one, however, for those with an appetite for knowledge about life and death may find it somewhat inspirational and enlightening.

Love is a major theme throughout the book.  A quote included in the book by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. says, "Death is but a transition from this life to another existence where there is no more pain and anguish. All the bitterness and disagreements will vanish, and the only thing that lives forever is love."  That love transcends both sides through the ADCs sent to us from our loved ones.  ADC's can be very healing for those who experience them.  There is nothing to fear from ADC's.  They communicate only love to us.  Often people who have a fear of death are relieved of this fear once they understand that there is life beyond this existence due to their experience of an ADC.

After awhile the repeated testimonies of ADCs--page after page and chapter after chapter--can become trite and repetitive.  Yet it is through this repetition of the personal testimonies that convince us that life goes on after death.  However, there will still be some who are not convinced; but everyone is entitled to an opinion.  If nothing else Hello From Heaven presents some heavy testimony which challenges us to consider the possibility of  ADCs and is certainly worth the time devoted to its reading.  Some of our greatest questions about life after life may be answered.

Vicki has been in the field of mental health for over 16 years.  Since  1990 she has worked in  private practice through Jung, Jung and Associates in Bothell, Washington.  As co-founder of the Youth Suicide Prevention Center in 1985, she counseled over 450 youths-at-risk of suicide through group intervention until it closed in 1990.  Her work has a broad range of experience including not only suicide and self-harm behaviors, but grief and loss, survivors of sexual abuse, victims of crime, anger and violence, marriage and family counseling, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Dissociative Disorders.  Through her career she has worked extensively with individuals, couples, and groups including children, adolescents, and adults.  In addition to traditional therapeutic skills, she utilizes art and sand tray therapy and has a special interest in pet-facilitated therapy.  Her Chihuahua, Sarina Marie, works as her co-therapist.


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