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"Grandma, sometimes Papa isn't in Heaven. Sometimes he's here."
In this fascinating book, after-death communications expert Christine Duminiak shares more than 100 true stories of children up to the age of seventeen who have been contacted by deceased loved ones. From cases where the child was born after the death of the relative who appeared to him, to comforting messages from those who died under troubling circumstances, the testimonials will help adults understand this common paranormal occurrence, find the ...
"Grandma, sometimes Papa isn't in Heaven. Sometimes he's here."
In this fascinating book, after-death communications expert Christine Duminiak shares more than 100 true stories of children up to the age of seventeen who have been contacted by deceased loved ones. From cases where the child was born after the death of the relative who appeared to him, to comforting messages from those who died under troubling circumstances, the testimonials will help adults understand this common paranormal occurrence, find the larger meaning in such visitations, and nurture the child's invaluable gift. Ultimately, familiarizing ourselves with this natural phenomenon may shed light on some of our most complex questions about life, death, and our purpose here on earth.
"A fascinating collection of children's experiences of communication with departed loved ones. I encourage everyone to open up their hearts and minds to what the purest littlest ones are telling us." —Msgr. Thomas Hartman, co-host of TV's The God Squad
"At last, a really sincere book that will give you many answers and open your mind to the spiritual world of children." —Joseph Wright, author of The Psychic Hypnotist
"An extraordinary book, teeming with wisdom and riveting stories." —Louis E. LaGrand, author of Love Lives On
Christine Duminiak is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, a Spiritual Bereavement Recovery Facilitator since 1998, and a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She is the founder of an online nondenominational grief support and prayer group with over 500 members from 21 countries. Duminiak is also the author of God's Gift of Love: After-Death Communications—for Those Who Grieve. She is a frequent guest speaker on after-death contacts at the Learning Annex in New York City and in James Van Praagh's chat room. Duminiak holds after-death communication seminars around the country for bereavement groups, the Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Rotary clubs, children's groups, senior citizens, spirituality groups, and for the general public. She lives near Philadelphia, with her husband, Bob, a mechanical engineer, and two children. She has appeared on TV and radio in the Philadelphia area as well as in Arizona and New York. Her website is www.christineduminiak.com.
If you are skeptical about the dead actually having the ability to visit us from the afterlife because you have never heard of this phenomenon or have not personally experienced an afterlife visitation or think that God would never allow an afterlife contact from the dead, then your skepticism is perfectly understandable. You may not be aware that ADC researchers and coauthors of Hello from Heaven, Bill and Judith Guggenheim, have stated that it's estimated that 60-120 million Americans (20-40 percent of the population of the United States) have had one or more (spontaneous and direct) ADC experiences.
However, even if your mind cannot fully comprehend it or believe it, I ask that you please be deferential and supportive of those who have had the pleasure of experiencing this type of spiritual phenomenon. Remember, we are limited human beings who do not have absolute knowledge and all the answers to life's biggest mysteries. If you are open minded and respectful to those who bravely share their sacred experiences with you, you may find that in your own time of great sorrow and mourning, God may bless you this way too. Keeping your mind open for all possibilities that are outside of the box of your human understanding can be your master key to opening up your own spiritual door to God and his amazing miracles.
The following is relevant, thought provoking, and encouraging information from credible people on after-death visits for you to consider:
The Vatican-In January 1999 the Reverend Gino Concetti, chief theological commentator for the Vatican newspaper, told the London Observer Service that the Roman Catholic Church believes in the feasibility of the dead being able to communicate with the living because of the Communion of Saints. The Church believes that communication is possible between those who live on this earth and those who live in a state of eternal repose, in heaven or purgatory. Concetti further advised that it may even be that God lets our loved ones send us messages to guide us at certain moments in our life. Concetti's comments were made in support of the very prominent American theologian and author Rev. Richard John Neuhaus who said that a friend of his had seen a ghost. (Neuhaus, who died in January ????, was an author, an editor in chief of First Things, and a leading intellectual who also informally advised President George W. Bush.)
On a personal note, in 2004 I wrote Neuhaus about his being referenced in this London Observer Service article. I told him about my book and about my wish that more people, including the clergy, were aware of the Roman Catholic Church's positive stance on afterlife contacts. Neuhaus corresponded back to me saying, "It is, of course, important to discern the spirits and to do so carefully, but the Church certainly does not deny the possibility of the communications of which you write."
Beliefnet-In May 2005, Lisa Schneider of Beliefnet.com (the leading multifaith online community for faith and spirituality) in her article "Faith in the Departed" reported her findings from an online survey of 10,000 respondents about ADCs. One of the questions asked was if anyone ever felt that the deceased were ever trying to communicate with them. The survey received more than 3,800 essay responses to this question. Schneider reported that those who responded in the affirmative greatly outnumbered the skeptics. Those of all faiths, even atheists/agnostics, shared testimonials of supernatural encounters.
C. S. Lewis-The popular Christian author C. S. Lewis of The Chronicles of Narnia series and the notable author Sheldon Vanauken have both reported seeing the ghosts of their wives, according to Brother John-Paul Ignatius of the Order of the Legion of St. Michael. Ignatius explains in his article "Seven Types of Ghosts: A Catholic, Biblical Perspective" that the renowned prolific author Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., mentions this fact in his books.
Canonized saints-Some of the Catholic Church's canonized saints have been reported to have made afterlife apparitions. Canonized saints are considered holy people known for their heroic virtue and through whose intercession three irrefutable miracles are required. These people were only declared saints after years of extensive investigations, testimonials, and documentation. The Church is extremely wary about being fooled by people who make false claims, so they do exhaustive research along each step of the path to sainthood. Patricia Treece, saint expert and top-selling author on spirituality and saints, has thoroughly researched documentation and testimonials about apparitions reported by extremely credible and ordinary people. Some of the people reporting to have received apparitions were later declared saints themselves by the Roman Catholic Church. The following five summarized accounts of after-death appearances that were reported by Catholic and Jewish people are from Patricia Treece's book Apparitions of Modern Saints:
1. Mother Cabrini (1850-1917) was a teacher and founder of an order of nurses, teachers, caretakers, and administrators. She was an excellent businesswoman who built hospitals, orphanages, and schools. Once when Cabrini was in great need of some immediate assistance, she prayed to one of the dead holy nuns of her religious order and asked the nun to go to God and obtain the favor for her. That same evening, Cabrini heard a gentle knock at her door, and then the door opened and in walked the dead nun. The nun assured Cabrini there would be a successful resolution to her problem. She also told Cabrini where she could find some important lost documents. All did turn out well, as the dead nun had predicted, and the directions to the missing papers turned out to be correct too. Cabrini was declared a saint of the Church in 1946.
2. Rabbi Herbert Weiner of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, New Jersey, wrote the book 9 1/2 Mystics: The Kabbala Today. In Weiner's book he writes about personally studying with S. Z. Setzer, an expert in the Kabbala and Jewish mysticism. Weiner describes an interesting story about Setzer. One of Setzer's sisters had become seriously ill. While Setzer was in his room one day, his sister suddenly appeared to him. Then he heard a voice whisper in his ear that his sister had died. The next day he received a telegram that his sister had indeed died. He figured out the time of her death to be at the exact moment he heard the whispered message.
3. The Italian Franciscan priest Padre Pio, who while alive, was a stigmatic and had the supernatural gift of bilocation. (Bilocation is defined as the simultaneous presence of a person in two different places.) During his life as a priest, Pio had been visited by Jesus, the Blessed Mother, various dead saints, as well as many dead people not known to be saints. After his death in ????, it has been reported that Pio has visited many people back here on earth, and through his intercession with God, cures were granted to them. In 2002 Pio was officially canonized a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.
4. In 1941 in an Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, prisoner Francis Gajowniczek, a former Polish army ser geant, was chosen at random to be executed. Gajowniczek cried out for his wife and two children just before they were going to kill him. Hearing Gajowniczek's cries for his family, another prisoner, Father Maximilian Kolbe, stepped up to volunteer to take Gajowniczek's place and was executed in place of Gajowniczek. Almost fifty years later in 1990, Kolbe, who was by then declared a saint by the Catholic Church, appeared to Gajowniczek after Gajowniczek was in an accident and pronounced dead. Gajowniczek was met in the spiritual realms by Kolbe who told him that it was not yet his time. And Kolbe was correct. Gajowniczek lived on to tell about his near-death experience.
5. In 1907, twenty-eight-year-old Sister Teresa Valsé Pantellini was lying ill in the infirmary suffering from terminal tuberculosis when the deceased Don Bosco appeared to her. Don Bosco was the cofounder of her religious order, the Daughters of Mary Auxiliatrix. Don Bosco had died from emphysema when Teresa was only ten years old. Because she had seen many photos of him over the years, she was able to recognize him when he appeared to her.
In the afterlife visitation to Teresa, she noticed that Don Bosco looked very athletic and much younger than in his photos. As he approached her, she immediately stopped him from giving her a cure and asked him to cure Sister Giovanna instead. Giovanna had been seriously ill for years and was lying in the room next door in the infirmary. As it turned out Giovanna had just finished saying her third novena to Don Bosco asking him to pray on her behalf for a cure. Don Bosco appeared to Giovanna very briefly, and as he went to leave, Giovanna started running around her room crying, "I've seen Don Bosco, and I am cured." Giovanna lived for over thirty more useful years. This was a case where both nuns were able to corroborate the supernatural appearance of Don Bosco visiting them the same evening that Giovanna was granted a cure.
After Teresa's death, the Pope bestowed upon her the title of venerable, which is the first step in the process of sainthood. Don Bosco was declared a saint in 1934.
The five preceding remarkable supernatural accounts show that at times God sends to earth known saints and others for the purposes of giving messages, comfort, guidance, and help. Why then would God not also send to us our own family members and friends who are in good standing with God (who are considered informal saints) for the same purposes of aiding and comforting us? The following 108 children's amazing stories may help you to agree!
Children are pure spiritual bridges between Heaven and Earth. Our loved ones, who are now residing on the other side in God's paradise, often use the natural openness and the God-given spiritual abilities of innocent children to send us love, comfort, and healing, while they are awaiting our joyful reunion. These visits are a blessing from God. The following fifty-one true stories are delightful and amazing testimonials about children ages one to four seeing and talking to spirits of loved ones, spirit guides, and angels and to those who have committed suicide. In a number of cases, the child identified the "person" as a family member who died before the child was born. In some cases, the child was too young to understand that the person had died and emphatically insisted that he or she was there talking to the person in the room. In some cases, the child remembered talking to the person in Heaven while waiting to be born, and this person had in fact died before the child was ever born.
The Rainbow Angel
It was a cold, sunny day in January 2002 as I was driving my then three-and-a-half-year-old daughter Tia to preschool. From out of nowhere, she astounded me and said, "When is Uncle Ed going to die? I miss him and I want to see him." I told Tia that I would make plans for her to see him soon.
My Uncle Ed was like a grandfather to me. He and his wife, my Aunt Jeanne, had raised my mother from childhood. We didn't see Uncle Ed a lot, but I knew how much he loved Tia. He had made that apparent ever since he held her in his arms the first day I brought her home from the hospital.
The very next day, after Tia's uncanny question about when was Uncle Ed going to die and her request to see him, Uncle Ed suffered a stroke and his brain was hemorrhaging. We went to visit him in the hospital several times, and thankfully he was lucid during those visits.
However, a little while passed and Uncle Ed's condition worsened. We knew it was only a matter of time before he'd pass on, so he was transferred to a nursing home for end-of-life care. Soon afterward I visited Uncle Ed by myself one morning, with the plan of bringing Tia back with me in the afternoon after she had her nap. When I returned home, I found that Tia wasn't able to sleep because she was very anxious to visit her Uncle Ed. It seemed very important for her to visit him as soon as possible. She insisted on wearing her new pink dress and tights for the occasion.
I remember on the way to the nursing home that eventful day, Tia had asked if we could stop at McDonald's drive-through, so I did. Tia began eating her Happy Meal in the car and carried her unfinished French fries with her as we rode the elevator up to the third floor of the nursing home. As the doors of the elevator opened, I was startled to hear the sound of a loud bell ringing. It was almost deafening. We saw my mother and niece running down the hall frantically in search of a nurse. My heart sank.
When we entered Uncle Ed's room, he was gasping for air and my Aunt Jeanne was fearfully standing by his side. Through our desperation, fears, and tears, we adults were holding him and telling him we loved him. With all the commotion going on in his room, I was worried about Tia. I wondered what she must be thinking and feeling right now as she was witnessing all of this. Would she be traumatized? However, Tia just quietly sat there on a chair dangling her feet in the corner of the room, while happily eating her leftover McDonald's French fries. Amazingly, she seemed unfazed by our raw displays of emotion. Right after these thoughts briefly filled my mind, Uncle Ed passed over.
We were in the midst of comforting my Aunt Jeanne, when I suddenly noticed that Tia was joyfully skipping up and down the nursing home hallway, and she was singing! Her cheeks were bright red, and she was glowing. She was very excitedly telling people that Uncle Ed had died, as if it were cause for a grand celebration! As she continued to rejoice, it finally dawned on me. Uncle Ed was letting us know, through little Tia, that he was with God and joyfully dancing with the angels.
As Tia and I were heading home that evening, I was crying and praying. Tia told me she knew that Uncle Ed was going to die because the angel had told her. I asked her about this angel and wanted Tia to describe her to me. I took notes as she began telling me of an angel with pink hair. All my life, I had believed in angels, but after hearing that this angel had pink hair, I dismissed Tia's story as being fantasy.
After putting Tia to bed that night, I was cleaning off the kitchen table and decided to toss my notes about Tia's angel into the trash along with some old amusement park tickets. While discarding those things, I felt a strong sense of guilt, but chose to ignore it. Exhausted from the emotional events of the day and my overwhelming grief, I simply sat down on the floor and cried and prayed for Uncle Ed.
The next morning when I went back into the kitchen, to my shock and bewilderment, lying on the countertop were my discarded notes about Tia's angel and the old amusement park tickets I had thrown away the night before! I felt a deep chill travel up and down my spine. Convinced that this was a heavenly message for me to believe Tia, I asked her to tell me again about this pink angel. She replied, "You mean the Rainbow Angel?"
The words "Rainbow Angel" really grabbed my attention. Uncle Ed's daughter Diane had died several years before, and prior to her passing, she said she would send them a rainbow to let them know that she was okay. Several months after Diane's passing, Uncle Ed and Aunt Jeanne told me about seeing a beautiful rainbow right in the middle of their dark hallway. They knew this rainbow was the heavenly sign promised by their daughter.
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Posted April 3, 2011
This book highlights the wonderful gift that children have. I do believe that through children we can heal and move forward after a devestating loss!!! My daughter gave that gift to me after the loss of my parents. This book is wonderfully written. Christine worked very hard to compile the stories that were showcased and through that I knew I wasnt alone...in my grief or that my child has this awsome gift!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 21, 2011
"Heaven Talks to Children" is one of the most uplifting and spiritually fullfilling books I've ever read. Seen through the eyes of children, story after story reaffirms our faith with loving messages from beyond. Guardian Angels really do exist as evidenced by so many accounts in this book. A truly wonderful read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2011
It's about time !. We seem to dwell on ADC experiences of adults, but I am finally glad that child ADC experiences were brought forward in this book and that in the future, Children do not have to be shy or scared to tell us what they saw or heard. We also run a bereavement group so this book will be added to our library. Reading each child's story was like reading a book in itself. It was hard to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2011
I found this book to be quite a comfort while at the same time giving me goosebumps! I was fascinated by the numerous accounts of deceased loved ones reaching out to comfort and care for their families. The goosebumps were not from fright but from the realization that the love we share is so strong, it has no boundaries and truly is everlasting, it is God's ultimate gift. The realization that we are all connected in this universe regardless if on earth or in heaven is mystifying and gratifying at the same time.
Reading of these experiences brings comfort to me on many levels; knowing the love shared with my loved ones continues, knowing they are still with me and that we
always share a connection, peace of mind that they are happy and well, and the thankfulness I have for God for the many blessings he has brought to me.
I pray that I will always keep my heart and mind open and alert to the love that radiates from Heaven. I thank Christine Duminiak for helping me see the possibilities and understand the capabilities of love.
Posted March 8, 2011
This book comes highly recommended for children as well adults. Finding peace with knowing that there is communication with the ones we love. My daughter Jenna-Lee has had many experiences and shares a few in this book. there are signs everywhere. Buy this book especially if you have lost a loved one or as a gift for a child that has.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 8, 2011
Posted August 25, 2010
I have just finished reading Heaven Talks to Children by Christine Duminiak and for the first time, I felt it necessary to complete a review. As a minister and therapist as well as the founder of Golden Willow Retreat, which is an emotional healing sanctuary focused on emotional healing from loss; I found Heaven Talks to Children as an inspirational read allowing permission to explore areas of life that are unexplainable and parts of our world that there is no vocabulary to explain what we are feeling. This safety through the eyes of a child allows certain resistance or defenses to decrease and allow the "unspoken" to be expressed and the unthinkable to be pondered. As a person who has had many losses including two of my children as well as their mother, this book allowed me to "reconnect" with beliefs, love and healing. I highly recommend this book to professionals, people healing from loss, people searching for spiritual growth (in any discipline or form), as well as any person working with children in any capacity. Enjoy the permission to expand consciousness through the stories and wisdom of the author as well as the stories of the children.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 23, 2010
I found this book to help with validations that life doesn't just extinguish at the death of the physical body. I have had my own experiences, and I am a Christian who believes that Jesus is the son of G-d. Regardless of my religion, this book is what I needed during my time of grief. Christine and all of the wonderful people who post on the Prayer Wave are a support system for me now.
What this book does is support that even in the Bible there is testimony of a afterlife and communication between Heaven and Earth. The wonderful children represented in this book give further testimony of the thin veil that seperates us and our creator and all of his children. Comfort in the way of testimony prevails over the heavy weight of grief and will lift your soul on high.
I have found new way's to pray and to ask for confirmation and validation from my loved ones who have passed on and for that I am thankful and grateful to Christine Duminiak and Heaven Talks to Children.
Peace and Blessings
Posted August 22, 2010
This book is inspirational and comforting. I was devastated when I lost my 4 year old son due to cancer. By then I was not aware of after death communications. It was only when my older son received one that I learned about this gift from heaven. His story is also in the book. I loved reading all the other children's stories and know for a fact that every single one of them is true. This book is healing. It will help tremendously to anyone who has suffered a loss and also those who did not, because they will learn so much. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting! I keep it on my night table and when I am sad, I read it over again. It reminds me that those that passed away are still near us. I also found very valuable the information that Christine provides after the stories. It anwsered many doubts I had in regards to spirits and what the Bible says about these communications. I am a Christian so I often wondered about this. This book will give you hope regardless of your religion. It is not focused on any particular doctrine and it would help you no matter what. I highly recommend this book and I am buying more copies as a gift for my sisters. Thank you Christine for blessing so many aching hearts with your loving words and collection of stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2010
Christine Duminiak has written a page turner! Heaven Talks To Children in my opinion, is an important book that will have a profound, lasting effect upon its readers. As a near-death experiencer, I crossed the veil between our physical world and the heavens to return and witness that life is indeed, a continuum. Too many of us view death through the eyes of fear and despair and our hearts are ripped open wide when our loved ones die. But Heaven Talks To Children opens our hearts to wisdom, hope, healing, the message that love never dies, and that our loved ones continue to live again, albeight, in a different form. Christine Duminiak has given a gift to our world through this beautifully written and inspiring book. It is my privilege to highly recommend this book to others.
Nancy Clark, author
Hear His Voice:The True Story of a Modern Day Mystical Encounter With God and My Beloved: Messages From God's Heart To Your Heart
Posted August 3, 2010
This wonderful book will be a journey threw the rainbow. Children are our eyes into the future, they have already been where we are going. As we grow older we forget. Please read this book, it will give you an insight of our world that awaits. The wonderful author of this book was my tear catcher.If your heart is heavy and you need to be assured that our loved ones who have left us for a better life in heaven, are waiting for us and they are around us everyday, please read, it will do your heart and soul well!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2010
Being a "contributor" to this book; I can attest to the truth and innocence of the children. We, as adults, are continually so wrapped up in our "daily" life-style that we often overlook the importance of so many things. This book helped wake me up from a desperate state of grieving the loss of my husband; and it reminded me of what should be important to us! Our children and grandchildren can teach us so many things if we would just take the time to listen to them. There is an afterlife and our loved ones are still with us after their physical death, and as my own grandson informed me "heaven is not far, far away"! This book is a must read to all that are grieving a loss and/or have questions about the afterlife; who better to tell us the truths than our precious children!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2010
So many children have imaginary friends at an early time in life that the stories in Christine's book help to make it clear that these innocent children have actually experienced something that we ,as adults, should pay attention to more closely. These spontaneous events are not made up as adults who have similar experiences, as I also have had,are coming out to tell of their communication from the other side.It happens all the time!!!!!!!!!! Christine's book fills in the blanks with regard to early contact and communication from our deceased love dones. A good read. Fred & Marilyn ZimmermanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2010
Having the privilege of being one of the contributors to the book I have found the book to be very reassuring to know that there is life after death and that our loved ones live on with us everyday. Christine Dumiak has the ability to put all of these loving and heart-warming stories together in one book about young children who are blessed to have been touched by a loved one that has passed. In reading the book I have found a newfound faith that one day we all will be reunited again in a joyous and loving reunion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2010
My son was 11 when his step-father committed suicide. This was very hard for the entire family and especially my son. He was very happy to talk about this to me and I found it to be amazing how detailed his encounter was and how talking about it actually helped my son cope with this tragedy. This book gives hope to people of all ages who have lost a loved one. They are still here with us and it gives peace to those of us left behind. Don't be afraid to talk to your loved ones and don't be surprised when you feel them!!!! Christine did a great job and as always was very professional in collecting stories for this book.
This is a must read for anyone who has lost anyone that maybe is afraid to talk about an encounter. Especially for children.