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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556436211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556436215
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Klimo and Heath have written one of the most provocative and challenging books on suicide to appear in recent years. Anyone who has been touched by suicide, or anyone who has contemplated survival of bodily death—and who hasn't?—will benefit from this highly original book."
-Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

"In this meticulously documented, fascinating book, Heath and Klimo investigate the tragic nature of suicide and break new ground in exploring one of the most emotional and meaningful issues of our time."
- Dean Radin, Ph.D., author of Entangled Minds and Conscious Universe, and senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Studies

"Exceptional! There is no other book anywhere that approaches the subject of suicide from 360 degrees as does this book, nor as thoroughly, nor with such a high standard of integrity—and in readable, easy-to-understand fashion."
- P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., author of seven books on near-death studies, as well as Beyond the Indigo Children: The New Children and the Coming of the Fifth World

From the Author

This book grew out of an experience Dr. Klimo had working with a suicidal client who wanted to know what might happen to her if she killed herself. The idea is to provide a "best guess" of what the channeled/NDE/hypnotherapy material says could happen. It represents about 2 years worth of research, culling massive amounts of material for relevant information and figuring out a way to organize it that made sense. In the end, we spent (literally) thousands of dollars in copyright permission fees to be able to allow readers to see for themselves what has been said and how we came to our conclusions. It is referenced so that if people want to read more they can find the original source,s and do so. However, unlike our other book, this one does not have an index. Two chapters are particularly important to us: "Messages to the Suicidal" (know what you are getting into before you do it) and "Messages to Those Left Behind" (with the hope if can lead to some healing or forgiveness).

The question mark in the title is deliberate. Do we know the answers for sure? No. All we can do is present the range of what is said from those who claim to know and indicate the patterns as they present themselves. Our hope is that this may help shed light on the topic and, just perhaps, help people to make better informed decisions.

More About the Author

Pamela Rae Heath has an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and practiced Anesthesiology at a variety of locations before she began having spontaneous psychic experiences. This led to her returning to graduate school for a second doctorate degree (Psy.D.) with a dual specialization in parapsychology and hypnosis. Her dissertation was on mind-matter interaction (also known as psychokinesis).

Dr. Heath is a member of the Parapsychological Association, the Society for Psychical Research, and the Society for Scientific Exploration. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and appeared on a variety of radio and TV shows.

Customer Reviews

The authors have written a book that is timely and helpful.
Richard Webster
Having read numerous messages purportedly coming from the spirit world, I know that there is much conflicting information passing through mediums.
Michael E. Tymn
The cumulative data is substantial and the arguments more sophisticated than most dismissive skeptics would like to believe.
Dean Radin

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Richard Webster on June 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have read previous books by both Jon Klimo and Pam Heath and was keen to read this one. I was not disappointed. The authors have written a book that is timely and helpful. Suicide is not a topic I would normally choose to read, but this book fascinated me with its answers to questions such as "Why do people kill themselves?" "What do the dead say about suicide?" and "What is the afterlife like?" The information about murder-suicide and suicide bombers makes this book highly topical and relevant. Although this is a book on suicide and the afterlife, it is actually an anti-suicide book, and the chapter called "Messages to the Suicidal" should be read by anyone who has ever contemplated suicide. Highly recommended.
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111 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Jay on February 7, 2011
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The book probably wouldn't sell with the above title, but that's what it is. After reading it, I honestly don't know what to think about the afterlife for suicides and for people with serious psychological and/or physical problems in general who may not have committed suicide.

Some channeled accounts say they do just fine and are helped, while others say, in general, they don't do well at all. It's very confusing, alternate condemnation, alternate compassion (mixed with blame) for the afflicted.

If this book is supposed to make those on the edge somehow feel better about their lives by shaming them or making them feel guilty, I think it completely misses the mark.

I think it'll only deepen their depression and sense of hopelessness. It may even make them angry. Read on about the "advice" the "spirits" give.

The suspicious thing for me is that the authors by and large chose messages that "channel" ALL of society's biases AGAINST suicide. And although their tone vary from heartless condemnation (bible thumping fire and brimstone) to mild disapproval and sympathy for the afflicted, they all seem to go in the same direction: Suicide is wrong. It's a disruption of God's "plan", whatever that is.

As far as I'm concerned, the phenomenon of suicide points less to the "sin" of the person committing it, than to the cruelty of an uncaring, insensitive world and its creator that drives people to such extremes.

The authors admit that the "messages" can be tainted by the medium's inherent point of view, along with whether the "spirit" in question is giving a true accounting, or simply saying what the medium wants to hear.

They also say the "messages" reflect the time period and the prevailing culture at the time of the communication (ie.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Cinemind on July 9, 2006
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Absolutely exceptional. There is no other book anywhere that approaches the subject of suicide from 360 degrees as does this book, nor as thoroughly, nor with such a high standard of integrity - and - in readable, easy-to-understand fashion. Heath, an M.D., and Klimo, a Ph.D., are both well-experienced and well able to combine research from medical and psychological concerns with deathbed encounters, near-death reports, and a broad spectrum of psychic readings (whether from channelers or mediums) - where the dead speak for themselves. Their range includes young boys who die "accidently" while trying to achieve exotic orgasms, to those in a pact who opt out on a lark, to the depressed, the angry, those who are ill or in great pain, avengers, assisted suicides, different views from history and in other countries; with a large section devoted to murder suicides, suicide bombers, and the cultural mentality which supports this. How they were able to weave into the material voices from those who survived a suicide with "voices" of those who did not, is nothing short of phenomenal. Considering the new rage of pre-teen and teenage suicides, the young egged on by Internet sites that glorify death, this book is a must read. Heath and Klimo are to be congratulated for the dedication it took to produce this rare and incredible study!
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Dean Radin on June 28, 2006
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Contrary to the review by Christian Wilski, there is valid evidence challenging the orthodox theory that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of the brain. The evidence suggests that consciousness *might* survive bodily death. This evidence includes studies of near-death experiences (including during the clinical definition of brain death), experiences suggestive of reincarnation, laboratory studies of mind-to-mind communication at a distance (including recent studies using functional MRI that confirm the results of earlier EEG experiments), experimental studies of mediumship, and so on. The cumulative data is substantial and the arguments more sophisticated than most dismissive skeptics would like to believe. Ultimately, whether one accepts the evidence or not is a matter of personal interpretation, but IF the unorthodox concept of some sort of life after death is true, then the Klimo/Heath book asks a perfectly reasonable question: What are the after-life consequences of committing suicide? The answer may surprise you.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Tymn VINE VOICE on September 28, 2008
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Having read numerous messages purportedly coming from the spirit world, I know that there is much conflicting information passing through mediums. The discerning reader comes to understand that spirits are not all-knowing, that some know little, if anything, more than they did when incarnate, that some are devious and intend to mislead, and that for the well-intentioned spirit, explaining celestial matters in terrestrial terms can be extremely difficult. Moreover, messages are often unintentionally "colored" by the mind of the medium, or they can be misinterpreted by the medium.

However, there is one subject on which the spirit messages all seem to agree - suicide. While there may be some conflicting messages relative to suicide by terminally-ill people, the messages overwhelmingly condemn traditional suicide. They strongly suggest that the individual who hopes to escape from his or her problems here in the material world does not so. He takes those problems with him.

This very interesting book explores all aspects of suicide, including socio-cultural perspectives and psychological perspectives. But it goes beyond any other book on suicide that I am aware of by examining the messages channeled from the spirit world, including communications purportedly coming from those who have committed suicide. (The authors prefer to use "channeling" to mediumship.)

The authors are Pamela Rae Heath, an M.D. and board certified anesthesiologist who continued her education with a Psy.D. in psychology while specializing in parapsychology, and Jon Klimo, Ph.D., who has done extensive writing and teaching in parapsychology, consciousness studies, alternative medicine, and metaphysics.
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