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Sensing the presence of the deceased: A Narrative Review

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Mental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number4
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)384-402
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date25/04/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Researchers have reported that bereaved people often continue to sense the presence of the deceased. A particular collection of such experiences can be identified as instilling a perception that the deceased person is in some manner present in the company of the bereaved person. The aim of the current review was to synthesise the results on this topic to provide a comprehensive over-view for practitioners working with bereaved people who report these experiences. The studies were reviewed in terms of the nature of the experiences described, the provision of explanatory models to understand the significance of these experiences, describing any culturally specific aspects of these experiences, discussion of the personal impact of having the experiences, and for recommendations of how people who have these experiences can be supported.