Connect to Those Who Have Died

Suzanne Giesemann, a spiritual teacher and medium, says that it’s possible to connect to those who have died.

I have flown on Air Force One with the president. I have been catapulted off the deck of an aircraft carrier and sat in on top-secret meetings at the Pentagon. Those moments make good stories, but they do not define my life. Not at all. It was the heart-stopping moment when I gazed down at the lifeless body of Susan, my stepdaughter, in a coffin that turned out to be the defining moment of my life.

I began meditating the week Susan passed in hopes of finding out if her soul still existed. Two years of this practice resulted in my unexpected discovery that we are all connected to a greater reality than this physical plane. I also found that I can connect with those who died. 

Immense Healing Through Connection

I became aware of the immense healing that a medium brought to our family. So I threw myself into increasing the clarity of the connection I receive. Communicating with loved ones who have passed became my new mission, along with increasing the credibility of mediumship.

Several notable afterlife researchers tested me, and soon I became the first medium ever to be invited to speak at reputable national afterlife conferences and those dealing with the study of consciousness.

Soon I began reading for other parents who had lost a child, as we had. What a joy it has been to discover that our children are not dead and gone, but still actively participating in our lives! Each time I connect with a loved one in the spirit world, I ask them to tell me something going on with their family here and now to show them that our connection is valid.

Testing the Evidence

I even put my own Susan to the test. I’ll never forget the first time she dropped in on me personally. I heard her voice as if she had never departed. Knowing her father might doubt Susan’s unexpected appearance, I asked her to tell me something current about her biological mother that I couldn’t possibly know.

Susan put her hands on her hips and said, “Well, her cat is sick.” Ty and I immediately called Susan’s mom. She verified that she had just brought her cat home from the veterinarian with a supply of pills.

My initial goal of connecting with Susan through meditation resulted in a daily spiritual practice that today is sacrosanct. As a result of sitting regularly in silence, I have far more patience, peace, and joy.

I now know that we are never alone and that each of us is immensely loved. I have made it my goal to help others make the connection with their loved ones themselves.

Suzanne Giesseman
Spiritual Teacher, Evidence-based Medium, Author
Hilton Head, SC

The above was excerpted from Loss, Survive, Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope eBook

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Meryl Beck

Meryl Hershey Beck, MA, M.Ed., spent her early professional life as a high school and community college teacher. In 1990 she became a licensed counselor specializing in 12-Step Recovery and eating disorders and soon designed and implemented a successful outpatient Food Abuse Treatment week. After she discovered energy techniques, Meryl began writing about and teaching energy modalities to mental health practitioners nationwide beginning in 1998. An authority in this field, she has presented at workshops and conferences internationally. Her first book, STOP EATING YOUR HEART OUT: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself from Emotional Eating, tells her story and presents many tools to skyrocket personal growth and alleviate emotional eating. As a professional counselor, Meryl spent decades helping others integrate loss. But it wasn’t until her 35-year-old son ended his life in 2011 that she fully understood deep grief. Meryl is the creator and developer of SourceTapping®, a meridian therapy technique that is like needle-less acupuncture, which helps to ease both physical and emotional pain. She uses this tool for herself, with bereaved clients, and now includes it in all her workshops. Although Meryl endured the hell of excruciating grief, she chose to face it rather than stuff it. And, she also made a conscious decision to recover and to honor her son’s memory by living as full and rich a life as possible. She has been called a way-shower, or role model, demonstrating that a joyful life after significant loss is possible. Meryl collected stories from 26 other bereaved parents who are not just surviving but thriving, to give others hope that their lives don’t have to end because of the tragedy they suffered. These stories (plus resources for the bereaved0 became the book LOSS, SURVIVE, THRIVE: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope. Her blogs and event information can be found at,, and

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