Welcome to The Search for Life After Death
Are you here because you recently lost someone? Have you had an experience you can’t explain, or maybe a fear or curiosity about death and what comes afterwards?
If you are curious about the evidence for life after death, this is a good place to start finding some answers. I present evidence, resources, and food for thought on the subject of life after death with some infrequent musings on spiritual topics or the state of religion in the world. In the end, I hope that you will look at the evidence and come up with your own interpretation. After all, we are all on our own journey through this world, and only by thinking critically can we decide what we believe.
My name is Jenn. When I was 16, I experienced an event that compelled me to discover the truth about life after death. I study the evidence in seven areas that pertain to the survival hypothesis: near-death experiences, deathbed visions, past-life memories, instrumental transcommunication, out-of-body experiences, after-death communications, and mediumship. Through this research, I am slowly developing a practical and appropriate spirituality. I call myself an Evidential Spiritualist and this is my Search For Life After Death.
I have no agenda other than sharing wisdom. I do not sell anything, nor am I any kind or guru, psychic or religious nut. In fact, I encourage leaving all of your beliefs behind and looking solely at the evidence for life after death. I heartily welcome spirited discussion and new ideas as this is how we grow and learn. Please also feel free to share the spiritual books, ideas or people that have inspired you. Do you have an experience you’d like to share, a favorite book or website, or just a question? Just leave a comment on this page below.
The name of this site implies an ongoing action. To search; to seek knowledge not predefined by any religion, creed or scientific dogma is the foundation of an evidence-based belief system. Millions of people have spiritual experiences; they glimpse the other side or have the skill to perceive it. What is the wisdom they return with? Is there a consistent message? Does the evidence support the reality of life after death? These are some of the questions that started me down this road, but my journey is my own. The Search for Life After Death asks you to build your own understanding of spirituality through evidence, experience, research and observation. At the end, we may come up with different interpretations of the evidence, and that’s okay.
Tips on how to start your search for life after death:
Assume nothing. Become a blank slate. Let go of your preconceived ideas, beliefs, faith systems, opinions and prior judgements. When evaluating something, watch yourself for knee-jerk reactions and judgements. Take the time to look at everything carefully and from all perspectives.
Familiarize yourself with the seven areas of afterlife research. These include spiritual phenomena and scientific study that are used as evidence for life after death. Check out my Resources for Afterlife Research page for information on each one of these topics.
- Near-Death Experiences
- Out-Of-Body Experiences
- Death-Bed Visions/ELDVs/Terminal Lucidity
- After-Death Communications
- Mediumship and Channeling
- Past-Life/Pre-Birth Memories
- Instrumental Transcommunication
Take nothing at face value. Trust no statement or experience until it can be validated against many other people’s experiences, or you can find validating evidence in the claim yourself. Some things, like channeling, cannot be proven easily. In this case, you cannot weigh it as heavily in your search for life after death. Near-death experiences where a person can prove that they saw their resuscitation out of body is better evidence than a person who claimed to see God standing in their living room. All experiences might be spiritually instructive, but only evidence can and should be used in your search for life after death.
Examine the motivations of the experiencer or spiritualist. Is the medium in question prioritizing money over helping grieving people? Is a channeler searching for fame? Does the person claiming to have a spiritual experience seem like they are lying or unstable? Do they contradict themselves over their entire body of work? Is the person sharing their experience seem to be borrowing new-age platitudes or psychobabble from someone else, or is it original and sophisticated? What does a person have to gain or lose by sharing their experience? It may take time to judge some people properly. The Gary Mannion debacle is a good example of a popular medium who was caught cheating well into his career. Don’t devolve into cynicism, but always keep your wits about you when evaluating claims.
Read and Research. Reading technical papers, scientific research, books published by experiencers and spiritualist literature is a huge part of The Search for Life After Death. If you need to start somewhere, check out the books on my Recommended Reading page. Every book on the list is, in my opinion, a must-read for anyone on a search for life after death.
Look for evidence, not scientific proof. Evidence beyond Reasonable Doubt is the basis of most legal systems and is currently the best way to evaluate life after death evidence. While there is plenty of scientific research into life after death, science is not advanced enough to accurately and objectively test the survival hypothesis. Until the study of consciousness advances, science cannot prove nor disprove life after death.
When using the evidence-based approach, evaluate cases as a jury would. Look at eye-witness statements, character and motivation, examine probabilities and veridical statements. Finally, where scientific research exists, read the technical papers and judge the merits of the study. Although the only person you need to convince is yourself, make sure you are confident in your findings.
Integrate the evidence judged by you as ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ with your new evidence-based belief system. The evidence should check out in multiple lines of research, be consistent, and be from several high quality resources. Alternatively, if someone you trust tells you that their aunt Mary appeared to them in their kitchen, you might decide that this is enough to believe that after-death communication is a reality. Only you know if the weight of the evidence is beyond reasonable doubt and appropriate to include in your new spiritual belief system. Should you discover different evidence in the future that causes you doubt, your belief system should be flexible enough to change as well.
Find like-minded people to discuss your research with. it also helps to discuss your findings with someone who is naturally skeptic. They might help you to look at every possibility for fraud, or see natural explanations that you’ve missed.
Experience some spiritual phenomena for yourself. This can catapult your belief in life after death to knowing.
- Visiting a medium or attending a channeling demonstration
- Having a past-life regression or life-between-life hypnosis session
- Receiving an after-death communication from a loved one in spirit
- Learning out-of-body experience techniques
Thanks for visiting and good luck with your search.