Anomalous Experiences and the Bereavement Process, by Cooper, Roe, and Mitchell (2015)

Title: An Overview of Cold Reading Strategies

Description (extract): “Bereavement can be described as a universally experienced set of negative emotional stages following the loss of an object we hold dear. This typically involves the loss of people through physical separation or biological death, but can occur in a variety of circumstances, including separation from childhood toys or the loss of a limb through accident and amputation. […] Although in a majority of cases natural resources and social support allow the grief to run its course, some may require medical advice or treatment. In such cases, “It is as if the home and way of life were enshrined at the time of loss, and the return of the deceased is awaited”. Such an expectancy effect could lead to prolonged ‘‘disbelief and numbness” and  also give rise to experiences of “sensing the invisible presence”, which the mainstream would typically attribute to delusional or psychotic episodes induced by the trauma of bereavement. However, research that has focused on such experiences has suggested that they can have a therapeutic value, particularly where they are interpreted as evidence of the continued existence of the deceased person.”

Author(s): Callum E. Cooper ; Chris A. Roe ; Graham Mitchell


Date: 2015

Pages: 20

Keywords: bereavement ; loss ; anomalous experience ; extra sensory perception (ESP) ; psi ; psychology ; parapsychology ; life after death ; survival ; mental health