Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife?
Co-written with Jon Klimo

Topical, exciting, and controversial. That's the best description for Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife?

For the first time anywhere, Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife? gathers in one place the what the dead say about suicide, its consequences, and their experiences in the afterlife. Perhaps more importantly, it doesn't just consider traditional suicide, which has been steadily growing in incidence around the world, but also to other forms of suicide that our society is struggling to understand and deal with—assisted suicide and murder-suicide, particularly suicide bombers and other terrorists.

Chapters include:

  • An overview of traditional suicide.

  • General spirit attitudes towards suicide.
  • Why spirits say they took their own lives.
  • What it is like to cross over at the moment of death.
  • The experiences of suicides in the afterlife.
  • Afterlife adjustment problems.
  • How spirits progress in the afterlife.
  • What suicide souls would say to those left behind.
  • What these spirits would tell others who want to take their own lives.
  • The spirit views on terrorism and murder-suicide.
  • The experiences of suicide bombers in the afterlife.
  • What the perpetrators and victims of mass murder-suicide would say to others.
  • The meaning of catalytic events, such as September 11th, 2001.
  • The spirit realm's solution to terrorism.

The English version of this book was released in June 2006 from North Atlantic Books and is 439 pages long. It is available at all bookstores.  To see the publisher's webpage for the book, click here...

To read the book's table of contents as a PDF file click here...

An excerpt of the book can be read here...

To read the original preface to the book (which was edited out in order to save space) click here...

Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife? is unavailable as an e-book or in audio format, nor are there currently any plans for converting it to such.

The Spanish version of this book was released September 11, 2007 from Palmyra Libros, as Suicidio: ¿Que Sucede Realmente en el Otro Lado. You can learn more about it, and read the introduction in Spanish here. I am not sure what their status is, as they no longer have a website. You might be able to find some copies online. Otherwise, if you are desperate for this book in Spanish, you can email me. I have 5 of them that were shipped at great cost to me from Spain. I am not eager to part with them given I don't know that they can be replaced - so they would be VERY pricey.


Why this book?
Many years ago, Jon Klimo was asked by a psychologist to put together some channeled messages from suicides describing their state in the afterlife. The reason? He thought that if a suicide client of his truly knew what she was getting into, that she would change her mind and not do it. Jon gathered about 20 pages of such messages--all of them saying it had been a mistake, the body dies but consciousness does not. It appears that all of your loneliness and psychological pain not only continue as bad as before, but are, if anything, made worse!  Their messages are generally full of regrets, if not for what they did, then for how their act had affected others.

Years later, as a graduate student sitting in Dr. Klimo's office (he was my faculty advisor), I heard this story. I remember thinking, "What a great idea! That really should be a book! It could save lives." My thought and hope was that it could help people to avoid making an irrevocable decision that they might regret. And so, two years ago, the work on this book began. However, this time, Jon and I went into greater depth than had been done before, and looked at two variations on suicide that society is currently struggling to come to terms with--assisted suicide and suicide murder (such as suicide bombers).

I have to point out here that those who have a terminal illness who chose to shorten their suffering through assisted suicide, appear to have very different experiences that those individuals who take the lives of a healthy body. They reported smoother transitions and had few regrets. It is not the same as traditional suicide. So, the reader will find this material in a separate chapter, all its own. However, let me add that even in these cases, the spirit realm suggests that such a decision be considered very carefully before being acted upon, because there may be some purpose to what is being experienced towards the end of life.

Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife? is meant as resource for the family, friends, and survivors of suicide, as well as for psychologists and psychiatrists to use as bibliotherapy for suicidal clients. It is a must read whether you have considered taking your own life, know someone who has done it, or simply want to understand what channeled messages tell us about the meaning and consequences of these violent acts.

How we got this information
One question I'm often asked is, "How did we get this information?" Jon and I are both, at heart, academics. We approached the question of what happens in the afterlife by doing an extensive literature review of around 400-500 books and journals (to be honest, there were so many that after a while I lost count). Although most of them were published in the last 120 years, there were some books that were far older, such as Swedenborg's material from the 1700s and the Egyptian Book of the Dead. About a fourth of the books and journals had messages that were said to be from, or about, successful suicides in the afterlife. This information was then compiled and organized, looking for trends and cultural bias. Where possible, it was also cross-corroborated with non-channeled material, such as near death experiences, reincarnation research statistics, past life hypnotherapy regression, and other sources. Finally, where there was not enough material in the written channeled literature, we also attempted to interview spirit guides and terrorists that had died through suicide attacks through mediums (who channeled those beings). We did not channel the material ourselves, although I will admit that in a few cases I was very aware of the spirit that was being channeled by someone else.

What about skeptics who say there is no afterlife?
In the book, we address the skeptical approach that say there is no such thing as an afterlife, so there can't be messages from the spirits who dwell there. This is certainly one body of thought, popular in some scientific circles. However, it ignores a growing body of evidence that consciousness is not limited to the body, including ESP studies showing mind-to-mind communication at a distance, out of body experiences, near death experiences, reincarnation research, and experimental studies of mediumship. If consciousness is not limited to the body (and indeed some recent studies indicate thoughts occur before they are reflected in the brain), then it is possible that consciousness may also exist without a body. Should this be possible, then doesn't it behoove us to try to figure out what may happen in these situations? To me, the answer is, "Yes, of course!"

I would add one thing. Do we know for sure what happens in the afterlife? No. We don't claim to. That's why you'll notice a question mark in the title. But what we have done is to ask the question and try to pull together in one place everything that has been said to come back to us about the possible afterlife experiences of suicides so that you, the reader, can make up your own mind about what may happen.


About my co-author, Jon Klimo

For those of you who aren't familiar with my co-author, Dr. Jon Klimo, he's the world's leading expert on channeling and author of the definitive work on the topic, Channeling: Investigations on Receiving Information from Paranormal Sources, which has been translated into about 8 different languages. Although currently out of print, North Atlantic Books is planning in the coming year to re-release the title along with three new books on channeling by Jon.

Dr. Klimo is a multi-disciplinarian. With undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and a PhD in psychology, he has been working full-time teaching in different doctoral programs for the past 31 years. From 1974-82, he was a professor at Rutgers University, where he was the Founding Director of the Creative Arts Education Program. He is a member of the Parapsychological Association and at Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology from 1991 until 1998 he designed, developed, and was chief instructor in one of only two doctoral-level academic specialization programs in parapsychology in the United States. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the American Schools of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus, in Alameda, California.

Dr. Klimo has chaired some 200 dissertation committees and done research, teaching, public presentations, and publishing in parapsychology, alternative medicine,  consciousness studies, new paradigm thought and new science, metaphysics and the transpersonal domain.

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Here's some of what people have said about Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife?

"Suicide critically explores the evidence for an afterlife to pose a new set of questions: What happens after suicide? What advice do the departed offer to the living who are suicidal? Do suicide bombers enjoy their promised paradise with 72 virgins? In this meticulously documented, fascinating book, Heath and Klimo investigate the tragic nature of suicide and break new ground in exploring one of the most emotional and meaningful issues of our time."

Dean Radin, PhD, Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds.

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"Klimo and Heath have written one of the most provocative and challenging books on suicide to appear in recent years. Anyone who has been touched by suicide, or anyone who has contemplated survival of bodily death -- and who hasn't? -- will benefit from this highly original book."

- Larry Dossey, MD, author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things.

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"Heath and Klimo have put together a masterful tome that addresses a very complex and difficult subject. They shy away from neither the scientific nor the moral complexity of after-death research and its implications for our understanding of suicide. And, in spite of the many ambiguities in interpreting mediumistic data, they provide us with the best guide book to this material now available."

- Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., Dean of Consciousness Studies, University of Philosophical Research, author of The PK Man, and President of the Intuition Network

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"Exceptional! There is no other book anywhere that approaches the subject of suicide from 360 degrees as does this book, nor as thoroughly, nor with such a high standard of integrity and in readable, easy-to-understand fashion. Heath, an M.D., and Klimo, a Ph.D., are both well-experienced and well-able to combine research from medical and psychological corners with deathbed encounters, near-death reports, and a broad spectrum of psychic readings (whether from channelers or mediums) where the dead could speak for themselves. Their range includes young boys who die 'accidently' while trying to achieve exotic orgasms, to those in a pact who opt out on a lark, to the depressed, the angry, those who are ill or in great pain, avengers, assisted suicides, different views from history and in other countries; with a large section devoted to murder suicides, suicide bombers, and the cultural mentality which supports this. How they were able to weave into the material voices from those who survived a suicide along with 'voices' of those who didn't, is nothing short of phenomenal. Considering the new rage of pre-teen and teenage suicides, the young egged on by Internet sites that glorify death, this book is a must read. Heath and Klimo are to be congratulated for the dedication it took to produce Suicide: What Really Happens in the Afterlife? I cannot begin to emphasize how important this book is -- for everyone!"

- P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., author of seven books on near-death studies, as well as Beyond the Indigo Children: The New Children and the Coming of the Fifth World.

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"Get ready for an extensive, utterly fascinating, in-depth look at suicide, the first book ever to consider the topic from all possible and previously impossible angles -- ethical, physical, mental, and spiritual.
     Upon opening this book you will read what rings true, ranging from what we already know to that which we need to know. I found myself wanting to go back and read more. Imagine what it would be like if you could have a collective consciousness of what suicide means to science and to the afterlife. This book is as close as you are going to get and trust me, being a [psychic] Sensitive, I know you wouldn't want to get any closer! We need to understand that we are here for a reason, and the easiest way for us to learn is from the mistakes of others. This book allows us to listen to what those who have taken their lives have to say -- and it's not what you think!"

- Chris Fleming, sensitive, paranormal investigator and co-host on the syndicated TV show, Dead Famous.

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"Klimo and Heath’s book brings together two very controversial topics: channeling/mediumship and suicide. This is the first book to bring together so many disparate sources from over a century of apparent spirit communication – source material one would have to truly dig for otherwise. I applaud the authors for having done such an amazing job with this difficult research proposition.
But more than laud the authors for the work done, it is the context and setting of the research material and commentary they provide that gives us much to think about. This is especially true of the section on murder-suicide/suicide bombers, a subject that holds much relevance for the targets of terrorism.
All in all, this is a thought-provoking and well-researched book, and an amazingly interesting read."

- Loyd Auerbach, Director of The Office of Paranormal Investigations, and author of A Paranormal Casebook.

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"Pamela Heath and Jon Klimo have written a timely book that may save thousands of lives. It should be read by anyone who has contemplated suicide, or knows someone who has committed suicide. The section on murder-suicide contains groundbreaking information which sheds new light on what is happening in the world today. This book is compelling reading that clearly shows that death is not the end. "

- Richard Webster, author of over 80 books, including Soul Mates and Practical Guide to Past Life Memories.

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"This book is a sensitive exploration of what it means to take ones own life. Messages from purported spirits deal with all kinds of suicide, from assisted suicide to the suicide bomber who murders himself and others in the name of God. The central theme, that we are all 'part of an interconnected whole' and that 'ripples... spread from each of our decisions,' needs to be heard by anyone who thinks of suicide and by the rest of us as well."

- William G. Roll, PhD, author of The Poltergeist and the Unleashed of Poltergeists and Murder: The Strange Story of Tina Resch series, Department of Psychology, University of West Georgia.

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"This book addresses one of the most important questions in science, religion, and society. Anyone interested in the implications of suicide afterlife communications for the evolution of humanity should read this book."

- Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, author of The Afterlife Experiments, The Truth About MEDIUM, and The G.O.D. Experiments.

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"This book is a bold study of today's tragic rise of suicide.  American teenagers and suicide bombers are doing the unthinkable. The authors probe the psychological and spiritual roots of this disaster. There is much practical wisdom here, and much intriguing data about the mystery of life turning against itself. I recommend this book, especially for its novel perspectives on suicide."

- Michael Grosso, author of Experiencing the Next World Now and Frontiers of the Soul.