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The Afterlife Connection: A Therapist Reveals How to Communicate with Departed Loved Ones Hardcover – October 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312306520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312306526
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to this comforting New Age primer, death can be the beginning of a beautiful relationship. Indeed, it seems to open up lines of "transcommunication" as never before, Greer says, and messages from beyond the grave come in a multitude of formats, including dreams, friendly animals, rainbows and electrical disturbances. She offers examples, too, of departed loved ones taking a more active role-by counseling the living on life projects, helping them find apartments, even fixing them up with Mr. Right. Greer, a Redbook online sex columnist and author of Gridlock: Finding Courage to Move On in Life, Love and Work, describes herself as a "psychoanalytically trained" therapist, but departs from Freudian orthodoxy by collaborating with a psychic and urging her patients to directly contact their deceased relatives as an integral part of the therapeutic process. Her material is drawn mostly from their case studies, and from her experience with her own late mother, a particularly voluble spirit who manifests herself in the form of rabbits, doves, butterflies, toppled family photos, stopped clocks, malfunctioning radios and serendipitous encounters with the song "La Vie en Rose." Greer offers some practical tips on communicating with the dead to enable readers to bypass mediums and seances; candles and meditation exercises help, but a simple blurted entreaty ("Hi, Mom...Please let me know you're here") often does the trick. She takes a stab at rationalizing everything by reference to relativity, quantum physics, thermodynamics and paranormal research, but grieving survivors may be happy to take it all on faith.
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"What a wonderful compilation of stories that shimmer with truth and beauty! Dr. Greer's intimate sharing of her experiences with her mother, coupled with detailed instructions on how to make contact with those we have loved and lost, truly make this a book you can't put down."
--Sinclair Browning, author of Feathers Brush My Heart: True Stories of Mothers Connecting with Their Daughters After Death

"The Afterlife Connection is a lucid description of the survival of consciousness after death and how a deeper understanding of our connection with this transcendent consciousness can help heal and transform our lives."
--Deepak Chopra, author of How to Know God

"Thank you, Dr. Greer, for adding an authoritative--yet wonderfully personal--voice to the body of evidence that there is life and emotional continuity after physical death."
--Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life

"Dr. Greer has written a heartwarming and inspiring book about seemingly miraculous afterlife connections that can be observed by all of us--if we are open--in everyday life. Scientists and laymen alike should read these accounts with wonderment and appreciation."
--Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., Director of the Human Energy Systems Laboratory at the University of Arizona and author of The Afterlife Experiments

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Donna Gaudette on December 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Losing someone you love to death is one of the most devastating things one can experience. Is it possible for those who have passed on to communicate with us in normal everyday routines? I always beleived it could be, but after reading this book I am truly amazed at how many signs I missed. From the smell of perfume to a symbol or sign, those that have passed on can and do communicate with you. After reading this book I took the lessons learned and applied them to my recent loss and before I knew it, I was comforted by the thought and sense that the people I have lost are still around me in spirit and in ways that one would never think. I strongly suggest you read this book if you are looking for comfort. It opened my eyes and actually made me 'stop and smell the roses'. I will stop short of saying, it may have saved my life. If I had not read this book, I would not have allowed myself to relax and sense my mom around me. I would not have 'listened' or paid attention to the signs she was given me. I did read this book, and I was seeing the signs. This book is intutive, interesting, therapeutic and honest. You will be amazed and in awe at how much you were missing. Thankyou Jane Greer for your wonderful book and sharing your experiences!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I found Jane Greer's book "The Afterlife Connection" to be a beautiful and inspiring book. I suffered a devastating loss within the last couple of years and reading Dr. Greer's book really has helped me come to terms with my loss. Her story, as well as those she came into contact with, filled me with so much hope, that those we loved and lost are watching over us and guiding us through our journey. Many of the stories were really lovely, especially from those who suffered tragic losses at the World Trade Center. I would definitely recommend "The Afterlife Connection" to believers and skeptics alike.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Quinn on March 17, 2005
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Dr. Greer has written a tremendous book about the signs people have received from those they loved from the Other Side. It shows you that love never dies, and that beyond this life the ones we love are keeping a sharp eye on us, and if we look closely, we can see the signs they leave for us.

It's beautiful, and I hope those people who have suffered a terrible loss will read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Richmond on January 17, 2004
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Dr. Greer is an insightful therapist and a deeply aware spiritual woman, in her latest book: "The Afterlife Connection" Dr. Greer merges science and spirituality in an honest and revealing manner. If you have ever lost someone dear you will take great comfort in this book. Dr. Greer will help you to open your mind and heart to become aware of the many often subtle but always powerful ways that our departed loved ones communicate with us. Thank you Dr. Greer for lending your credentials to this important topic.
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More About the Author

Dr. Jane Greer is a marriage and family therapist, sex expert, author, radio host, and creator of the popular celebrity sex & relationship commentary, "SHRINK WRAP with Dr. Jane Greer," on what we can learn from the trials and triumphs of celebrity relationships (seen in Huffington Post, Psychology Today, HowDoIDate.com, and on air at OK!TV). Through her media collaborations and expert insights, Dr. Greer has become recognized as a leading national expert in sex, love, and relationships.

Dr. Greer's Doctor On Call radio hour features conversations on life, love, and relationships with actors, authors, bloggers, journalists, comedians, directors, producers, relationship experts, and more. It airs every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m. ET (11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT) on HealthyLife.net. Every first and third Tuesday is Shrink Wrap on Call, featuring writers, producers, celebrities, and other experts in the world of entertainment discussing the hottest breaking-news relationship problems, and what those mean to us. Her popular show, Let's Talk Sex!, airs the last Tuesday of each month and features cutting-edge conversations on sex and intimacy. SHRINK WRAP webisodes, which air on the BYL Network, examine the trials and tribulations of celebrity relationships, and what we can learn from them and bring into our own lives - using insights only Dr. Greer can provide.

Dr. Greer's exclusive co-branded radio show HuffPost on Call with Dr. Jane Greer features bloggers and editors from HuffPost's 11 lifestyle sections (Women, Parents, Weddings, Divorce, Healthy Living, Becoming Fearless, Teen, Style, Taste, Home and more).

Dr. Greer has appeared on many popular television shows offering relationship advice, including Oprah, The Today Show, The Early Show, CBS News, CNN News, Anderson Cooper 360, Dateline NBC, 20/20, Good Day New York, and The View. In addition to contributing to Self and Cosmopolitan magazines, she has been interviewed for The New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, US Weekly, In Touch, Closer, Life & Style, Brides.com, and People. Dr. Greer was a contributing editor for Redbook magazine, where she also wrote the "Let's Talk About Sex" column.

She is the author of five books about navigating relationships. Her latest book, What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship , is available nationwide.

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