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At just five years old, Maureen Hancock discovered her ability to communicate with the dead. Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but for fear of being misunderstood by her friends and family she kept the otherworldly messages to herself, eventually suppressing them completely.

Maureen wouldn't hear the spirits again until she was in a near-fatal car crash. Soon after, she had ...

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Overview

At just five years old, Maureen Hancock discovered her ability to communicate with the dead. Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but for fear of being misunderstood by her friends and family she kept the otherworldly messages to herself, eventually suppressing them completely.

Maureen wouldn't hear the spirits again until she was in a near-fatal car crash. Soon after, she had hundreds of voices in her head, many of which helped her crack cases and expose fraud in her role as a litigation paralegal at a large Boston law firm. Then, when tragedy struck on 9/11, Maureen was bombarded with messages from the spirit world. As each one made contact with her, she finally came to terms with her calling: to communicate with the deceased, assist the dying, search for missing children, and teach the living about life after death, all the while raising her children in her suburban home.

Maureen Hancock is literally is the Medium Next Door, and in this book and through her stories of her encounters with the otherworld as well as guided exercises at the conclusion of each chapter, she offers the same comfort and wisdom she shares in her healing encounters and lectures about what is out there waiting for all who are open to its mysteries. . . .


 

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Editorial Reviews

http://imaginationcafeblog.blogspot.com - Sandie Lee

Sunday, October 16, 2011
The Medium Next Door - A Review

"I see dead people..."

This famous line from the very popular movie, The Sixth Sense, has been quoted over and over, but for Maureen Hancock communing with the dead isn't a joke, it's a way of life.

In The Medium Next Door, Maureen shares her life story which includes some of her own tragedies as well as her ability to hear and respond to the dead. This unique talent of Maureen's has helped many grieving people obtain peace, she has solved mysteries, assisted the dying and has landed her her very own television show.

What makes Maureen different from all the other "ghostbusters"? "I enjoy making people smile," Maureen says. "I think what differentiates me from other spirit mediums is that I believe our loved ones in spirit enjoy coming through with a celebration and not reliving another wake." In addition Maureen likes to "jump in with humour and help the person left behind know that it's okay to continue living, laughing and celebrating these great memories."

Even if you're skeptical about "ghosts" and an afterlife, Maureen's candor and readings are chillingly accurate - I found myself wishing she had a message from beyond for me! She also looks like an ordinary mom (no layers of flowing scarves and dangling jewelry). Her humor throughout the book is a wonderful change for a subject that could otherwise be morose.

I will admit I had my doubts about Maureen's authenticity when I first picked up her book, however, the more I read the more I believed she truly does have a wonderful gift and the fact that she uses it for good (lots of time for free) is just more convincing.

For more information on The Medium Next Door, please visit; http://maureenhancock.com/, HCI Books or Amazon

http://imaginationcafeblog.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 16, 2011
The Medium Next Door - A Review

"I see dead people..."

This famous line from the very popular movie, The Sixth Sense, has been quoted over and over, but for Maureen Hancock communing with the dead isn't a joke, it's a way of life.

In The Medium Next Door, Maureen shares her life story which includes some of her own tragedies as well as her ability to hear and respond to the dead. This unique talent of Maureen's has helped many grieving people obtain peace, she has solved mysteries, assisted the dying and has landed her her very own television show.

What makes Maureen different from all the other "ghostbusters"? "I enjoy making people smile," Maureen says. "I think what differentiates me from other spirit mediums is that I believe our loved ones in spirit enjoy coming through with a celebration and not reliving another wake." In addition Maureen likes to "jump in with humour and help the person left behind know that it's okay to continue living, laughing and celebrating these great memories."

Even if you're skeptical about "ghosts" and an afterlife, Maureen's candor and readings are chillingly accurate - I found myself wishing she had a message from beyond for me! She also looks like an ordinary mom (no layers of flowing scarves and dangling jewelry). Her humor throughout the book is a wonderful change for a subject that could otherwise be morose.

I will admit I had my doubts about Maureen's authenticity when I first picked up her book, however, the more I read the more I believed she truly does have a wonderful gift and the fact that she uses it for good (lots of time for free) is just more convincing.

For more information on The Medium Next Door, please visit; http://maureenhancock.com/, HCI Books or Amazon

— Sandie Lee

Library Journal
Hancock says she would like to be remembered as the girl next door with a twist—the twist being that she's a medium. As such, she has become famous enough for a possible Disney reality show (in the works for the fall 2011 season). Her narrative covers her personal life, her work as a medium, and self-help advice at the end of each chapter. Despite her own personal loss and Hancock's exposure to the grief of others, her book is full of hope and reassurance. Her revelations about being a medium and talking to the dead are much the same as those found in books by other mediums, e.g., Concetta Bertoldi and John Edward. All share engaging personalities and a positive message about what happens to us after death. Hancock's unusual background in holistic training (Reiki and Chinese medicine) and stand-up comedy gives her a slightly different outlook. VERDICT Hancock's moving book will attract anyone captivated by mediums and life after death.—Mary E. Jones, Los Angeles P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757391873
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 81,290
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Maureen Hancock (MA) is a nationally renowned spirit medium, teacher, lecturer, and holistic healer. An associate member of the Licensed Private Detective Association of Massachusetts, Maureen is cofounder of the non-profit organizations Seeds of Hope (www.seedsofhope.com) and Mission for the Missing (www.missionforthemissing.com). She has appeared on Fox's Wedlock or Deadlock and has been featured in numerous articles and can be heard on radio stations around the country. She lives in a small town south of Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband, two children, and chocolate lab, Ally. Visit the author at www.maureenhancock.com.

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Awakenings

I was born a 'veil baby' or a 'caulbearer.' This simply means that I was born with remnants of the amniotic sac around my head. In days of old, this was considered a sign of good luck. People believed veil babies were gifted with the ability to see the future or to dream things that would come to pass. Some even believed such a child would be able to communicate with the dead.

I'm the seventh of nine children born and raised outside Boston, Massachusetts, in an old white farmhouse. We were seven girls and two boys crammed into four small bedrooms, and we had to battle over one bathroom. I shared a room with my two sisters, Sarah and Patrice. The peeling wallpaper was very seventies—big white daisies on a bright yellow background. Sarah and I reluctantly shared a double bed, and each night I geared up for 'the blanket brawl.' Because I was smaller, I usually lost.

My dad, Jim Dalton, was a blue-collar worker—a technician for the Boston Gas Company. He serviced commercial stoves in restaurants throughout the city. He always had a funny story to tell and a beer to share, and he'd give you the last two bucks in his pocket if you needed it more than he did. Meanwhile, my mom, Gracie Dalton, stayed at home holding down the fort. In her spare time, she fought for the cause of the week. If there was a wrong to right or a Democrat to be elected, you called my mom. She had a knack for getting things done and done fast. With the old rotary phone receiver wedged between her shoulder and neck, cigarette in one hand, Maxwell House coffee in the other, she went to town organizing volunteers, fighting city hall, and sticking up for the underdog.

From oldest to youngest, my siblings are: Rosie, Jimmy, Liz, Maggie, Joe, Marygrace, Sarah, and Patrice. Each of us has a story to tell, a challenge conquered, and a tragedy triumphed.

As one story goes, when I was about eighteen months old, I'd watch my older siblings play in the yard through the window, being too small to go outdoors with them. My younger sister, Sarah, who was almost a year old, would sit in the playpen next to me. Because I was teething at the time, I would gnaw on the windowsills while I stood there, and this became a habit. What my mother didn't realize was that I was ingesting the paint chips that flaked off the windowsill. Lead-based paint, which has a sweet taste, is very addicting. In fact, this sort of addiction is an actual disorder called pica—the compulsive craving of nonnutritive substances like paper or paint chips. It's more common in young children. Anyway, after a couple of months of my ingesting these paint chips, my mother found me unconscious on the floor of our living room. She picked me up, but I was unresponsive and turning blue, and so she immediately rushed me to Cardinal Cushing Hospital in Brockton, Massachusetts. The doctors were baffled and could not figure out what was wrong with me. My brain began to swell, and I slipped into a coma. Dr. Murphy, our family pediatrician, scoured through medical books well into the night. He finally figured out that I had severe lead-paint poisoning and had me transferred to Children's Hospital in Boston.

Upon arrival at Children's Hospital, a team of surgeons quickly wheeled me into surgery. They placed a brain shunt in my skull to relieve the fluid on my brain (a condition called acute encephalitis). My parents were given the grim news that I would most likely not make it through the night. Unwavering in her faith, my mother took the news standing up. She began a calling crusade, contacting friends, relatives, priests, religious organizations—to put it simply, she called in the God squad. I was put on prayer lists from Boston to Ireland, Italy, and Portugal—everywhere my mother had friends and relatives living.

Their prayers were answered, and I survived the night. But I remained in a coma for two and a half weeks. My parents stayed by my side and took turns sleeping in the chair by my crib. In addition to the brain shunt, needles were inserted in my heels to extract the lead from my blood through a process called chelation.

I spent the next three years in and out of the hospital. Doctors informed my parents that I would be severely disabled because the amount of lead I had ingested was capable of killing five male adults. The disease typically causes brain damage, mental retardation, blindness, and death.

In my unit at the hospital, there were many children poisoned by lead paint. I shared a room with a toddler named Sapphire. We were the same age, and she had severe lead-paint poisoning as well. Nobody ever came to see Sapphire. My mom rocked us both to sleep each night, taking Sapphire under her wing. Mom tells me that we were always holding hands, giving each other strength to get well.

Several months passed and still no family member ever came to visit my surrogate sister. Although they could barely feed their nine children, my mother applied for guardianship of Sapphire. On the day the adoption was to be finalized, and my new sister was well enough to come home, Sapphire's grandmother showed up in court to protest. I never saw Sapphire again.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Awakenings 1

2 Back from the Dead 11

3 My Miracle Baby 37

4 Postcards from Heaven 55

5 Sean Michael-Tragedy to Triumph 79

6 I'm Not Dead-I'm Different 95

7 Married to a Medium 111

8 Transitions 121

9 Mission for the Missing 139

10 Good Grief 151

11 Hollywood Hills 161

12 Psychic Children 183

13 To Live For 195

14 Jonathan's Sunshine 207

15 Surviving for Bo 219

16 Expect the Unexpected 229

17 Tales from the Trenches 245

Conclusion 255

Appendix: Frequently Asked Questions 259

Acknowledgments 267

Resources 271

About the Author 273

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Liked this book very much!

    Even though I am a devout Christian, I always like to "keep my options" open as to what happens to us after death. One can only hope this is the way it will be! Maureen brings a great deal of spirituality to the book and that made it even more meaningful. A good read. Will buy her next one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Kept your Attention

    Was a very good read. Very interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Highly recommended - A great read!

    This book is very helpful for anyone struggling with the gift of mediumship. The Medium Next Door helps de-mystify what mediumship is and how it ties in to everyday life and modern day religious beliefs.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    The Medium Next Door is a well written book with lots of self help and plenty stories of readings that will warm and enlighten your heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Great

    I love it its a great book read it youll falll in love with:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    I would not recommend it to my friends.

    Starts out very interesting. About page 100, becomes very boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Very Interesting

    If your interested in this topic you will find this quick read is enjoyable and believable. I liked it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Maggy

    I thank god for angels here on earthh like maurine i live in the next town over from her and have been to her post cards from heaven events and there is nothing i can say that would fully accredit her gentle kindness with people this book is so genuine just like maurine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Lacks Depth

    Other authors are better - less swagger.



    Other authors are better on this subject.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Must read

    So well written. Love this book...and this woman! Amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    I loved the book!

    Found the book really enjoyable, I can actually say I'm not feeling so badly about people that have died and I feel like it's not such a scary thing that's going to happen to me someday.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Maureen's work is inspiring!

    Maureen is awesome. The book was good, but I have even better news! She has a brand new reality show "Psychic in Suburbia" premiering next Saturday, July 30 at 9pm ET/PT on The Style Network. Tune in to see Maureen work her magic!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    Awesome-Incredible-Inspirational and a Blessing for all who read it

    I've been blessed to have met Maureen on 3 occasions at her Postcard from Heaven events since my 36 year old son Bobby died in September 2009.. I just began reading her book this morning and couldn't put it down until I finished it.. My son Bob, was my 3rd child that has died and it warms my heart more than I can say to know that I'm not crazy - that those sigsn I've felt are true and real and that they are just different...

    Thank you Maureen and I truly hope you will be able to join us in Arizona - our mom's bereavement group will be blessed to have you join us and I know you will benefit each of the moms.. In the meantime your book has been added to our library and I'm off to purchase 7 more for family & friends (and I'm sure they won't be the last).. I'm confident that within the first few chapters everyone who reads this, will find a comforting sense of peace.. and I have to mention that your wit, charm and phenominal spirit simply jumped off the pages as though you were sitting in the room with me today - so thank you - I've no doubt you are an angel and I'm so grateful that you came into my life and have allowed me to talk to my 3 wonderful children who as you eloguently put it, aren't gone - just different! Cherie H.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    Ok...so having had a personal experience with Maureen, I already KNEW that she is the real deal. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't meet with her after my son passed in 2008. I cannot even find the words to relay that express my gratitude and admiration I have for this remarkable woman. I could not put this book down. A wonderful read, funny, enlightening, and honest. I literally did not put the book down, and read it in one long sitting. :) Wow. What a fantastic job! I am so looking forward to her television show, but I also hope she writes another book soon!!

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    A must read!!!

    Maureen is truly a gifted healer and writer. She has helped to heal so many lives and hearts, the absolute real deal......

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  • Posted May 4, 2011

    Must read!

    The topic of Mediums is a very interesting one. There are many skeptics and with good reason. One meeting with Maureen Hancock and you will be a believer. The book chronicles her life and experiences as a Medium. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Once you read this book you will realize you are never truly without your lost loved ones.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Maureen is a gift from God for those in need of spiritual healing and comfort, she is the closest you can come to being in the prescence of an Angel.

    I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to review The Medium Next Door. In her book Maureen walks you through her life and how she got to where she is today. Maureen was raised Irish Catholic in a large family of nine children. She begins her story with her life as a child and how a near death experience opened up her intuition allowing her to see spirits. She explains why she turned this off as a child until another tragic accident when she was 25 brought it all back plus more, now she could also hear spirits speaking.

    Maureen is a wife and mother of 2 boys and her everyday life is pretty normal consisting of getting her sons off to school in the morning and in the evening home for dinner, then off again for her Postcard from Heaven events, which keep her very busy. In between she manages her non-profit organizations: Seeds of Hope and Mission for the Missing. What I liked most about this book is how genuine and gentle a soul Maureen is and her passion for helping others to feel happiness through her readings. In chapter 17 "Tales from the Trenches" Maureen shares some readings and encounters which left me laughing and other times in tears. This book is part memoir with tips and suggestions you the reader can apply to your own life to help you heal if you have lost a loved one or to tune your own sensitive abilities. Abilities Maureen explains everyone has, just some are more in tune than others. Maureen is a gifted lady who uses her psychic gift including her gift of comedy to help her to connect spirits of the deceased with those that come to her in search of healing. I read The Medium Next Door in 2 days a record for me, I just had a hard time putting it down. Maureen speaks about her struggle with anxiety and depression due to her gift. I have only heard this talked about once before from a Medium and it only confirms Maureen is for real. This is something I share with her due to my own inner conflict with feelings of sensitivity. This book is a true inspiration and a must read for those who have the gift of being sensitive and for those who have lost loved ones due to tragedy or illness.

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