The spiritual life is then part of the human essence. It is a defining characteristic of
human nature, without which human nature is not full human nature.
It is part of the Real Self, of one’s identity, of one’s inner core, of
one’s specieshood, of full humanness.
Abraham H. Maslow, The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, 1993.
This website is dedicated to advancing knowledge and raising awareness and understanding of after-death contact and its’ relationship with psychospiritual growth, development and the afterlife. It takes its’ name from a doctoral study entitled, Ways of Being: The alchemy of bereavement and communiqué (Knight, 2013). The study has its origin in the lived experience of my own bereavement, which provided the psychosocial and psychospiritual context for spontaneous and unsought encounters between myself and those close to me who had died.
While I have experienced other-worldly phenomena since I was a child, these particular experiences resulted in an ongoing interest in the philosophy and meaning of death and its place within the wider context of the afterlife, continuing bonds between the living and the deceased, and research exploring those relationships.
Dr Michele Knight is a Social Scientist, researcher and independent scholar.
Her interest and research in death and the afterlife has its origin in the lived experiences of her own life including her bereavements, her encounters with the returning deceased and the attitudinal responses to those experiences. She has extensive involvement in community development, support and advocacy in both a professional and para-professional capacity, has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences, and is a published author.
Since 2006 that involvement has encompassed the for-profit and the not-for-profit sector in the areas of bereavement and grief, hospital pastoral care, and academic lecturing and tutoring.
Her PhD, Ways of Being: The alchemy of bereavement and communique explores the impact of unsought after-death contact experiences between the bereaved and those close to them who died. She utilises a social constructionist approach to research, qualitative methods and narrative analysis for meaning and theory construction.