Mother Maintains Contact with Deceased Son

To all of my fellow parents of deceased children — mothers and fathers — I offer greetings.  I too have suffered this unthinkable loss and know the grief that accompanies it.

My son, Danny, died on July 1, 2008, from an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs, a death all too common in this day and age.  Shortly after he passed, I read that the incidence of deaths due to overdose has quadrupled in young people between the ages of 18 and 23.  Dan was right in there at 22.

Needless to say, this has caused all of us horrific pain.    My only solace in any of this is what I know to be true about the spirit world. I would like to share that knowledge with you, but first let me say that there was a time when I did not believe in anything remotely like what I am going to talk about.   If I had not experienced all of this first-hand, I would never have believed it, nor would I be telling you about it now.  But it did all happen in 1971 when I was in my early 20’s and as a result I became aware of the presence of spirit.

Let me backtrack a little.  I had been sick since 1967 with Crohn’s Disease.  Blood transfusions administered in 1969 infected me with the Hepatitis C virus. By 1971, I was very sick and in desperate straights.  That is the only reason why I decided to look into information that I had been given 2 years earlier, but had dismissed as nonsense!

I had been told of Harry Edwards, a British “spiritual healer” who could actually heal people.  I had never heard of such things before, and it sounded preposterous to me. I was in the United States, this man was in England, and all I was asked to do was write him a letter.  The doctors had told my parents that my illness was very progressed and that if a cure was not discovered, I would not live another 10 years.  That scared me!

My letter was hand-delivered to Mr. Edwards by my father and within 2 days, I began to experience energy and positive feelings as I hadn’t known in years.  That was the beginning of a healing experience, (you can read more about it at: that turned my health around; my entire life took on a new direction.

I was fascinated with everything to do with healing and I wanted to understand how it was possible for energy that originated in England to reach me in New Jersey.  I became a student of spiritualism across the board.  The first books I read were written by Harry Edwards himself, who was the first person to introduce me to the idea of a spirit realm that existed and actually interacted with our own world.

Harry wrote that he did not work alone, but was assisted by “spirit doctors” who carried out the healings at his request.  He went on to explain that since there is no time or distance as we know it in the spirit world that a spirit can be anywhere on earth in no time.  This actually explained how energy could travel, as I called it, “Trans Atlantically.”

Years of study ensued during which I was introduced to the work of many great mediums who also demonstrated to me the presence of a spirit realm and the continuation of personality after death.  I was fortunate to become a regular member of Jane Robert’s ESP classes in which an entity named Seth came through Jane and spoke to us about the eternal validity of the soul.

Having been healed by spirits, I was naturally grateful and drawn to doing this kind of healing work myself.  After Mr. Edwards crossed over in 1976, he came through medium Glenn Dove to reassure me that he was still close by and would continue to do his healing work.  As a result of that, I have stayed with my healing, teaching and writing.

Little did I know that one day I would live to bury a son at 22 and that this work would become my greatest solace, for I know with certainty what many parents do not know: that Danny has survived death, that he is nearby, that he still loves us as we do him and that we will see him again one day.

Until that day comes, I will pursue “connecting up” with Danny through any means that are open to me.  I will be writing articles to share much of that with you, as I am currently working on a book so that I can share all of this with a wider audience.

But, today I want to talk about the PRAYER REGISTRY.   As the first anniversary of Dan’s death was approaching, we were wondering what we might do to bring ourselves support on that day.   We decided to ask our family and friends to link up in thought with us in sending out prayers and thoughts of love to Danny on the anniversary day of his passing.

In this way we knew that no one would be inconvenienced and at the same time, we would  feel the support around us.  But two weeks later, when Dan came through the gifted and sincere medium Glenn Dove to say that he felt the prayers and that they uplifted him, I got the idea to open this up to a larger group!

It works like this: A mother or father registers their child by giving me the name and the date of their passing.  On my website,, there is a calendar posted each month with the names of the deceased written in on the correct date.  The PRAYER TEAM consists of caring parents as well as others who check the calendar from time to time to see who is  due for prayer and on what date.  It takes very little time from anyone’s day to whisper a prayer of love outward, but the benefits are enormous.

I am happy to say that Joshua Dapp, who was sent prayers on October 4, 2009, on the first anniversary of his passing, came through the same medium, Glenn Dove, to tell his mother that he received, benefitted and was grateful for the prayers.

This is remarkable.  The very idea that we can still do something that benefits our children wherever they are, provides palpable relief.  I know in my heart that this PRAYER REGISTRY is a good thing across the board.   If you have lost a child or know someone who has, please read about the PRAYER REGISTRY at my website: and register your loved ones for prayer.  There is no charge for this service.   I believe that there is strength in numbers!  I welcome your support.

Sheri Perl

Sheri Perl

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Sheri Perl is a spiritual healer and counselor, author, teacher, and interfaith minister. She became involved in spiritualism in a desperate attempt to save her life. At age sixteen, Sheri was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. After years of medical treatment, she was fighting for her life on the operating table. While recovering from surgery, a second illness contracted through blood transfusions was declared fatal. At this time Sheri contacted British spiritual healer, Harry Edwards, “purely out of desperation.” To her amazement, the healing stopped her illness in its tracks, and returned her liver functions to normal. As a result of this experience, Sheri opened the doors to spiritual exploration. She has studied with many great mediums and healers, eventually earning her doctorate in Therapeutic Counseling from the Open International University, Institute for Alternative Medicine. Her book, “Healing From the Inside Out” chronicles her experience with illness and spiritual healing and shares what she has learned along the way. In 2008, her 22-year-old son Daniel died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs. Needless-to-say, Sheri suffers greatly from this loss; however, what helps her is the knowledge that Daniel is safe in the spirit world and “connecting up” with him through thought, feelings, dreams, signs and reputable mediums. Sheri is currently working on a new book to share her perspective with others who are mourning. She recently created the PRAYER REGISTRY for parents who wish to join with others to send group prayers out to their child on the anniversary day of their passing. You can read more about Sheri and the Prayer Registry at her website, or visit her own blog, “Loss, Bereavement and Connecting Up” at


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  • Prayers are indeed very powerful and are part of a healing process which gives one comfort.
    I admire your courage and your faith in prayers

  • You don’t need to have a deceased child to join the Prayer Team, just a heart. Please read about the Prayer Registry for children on the Other Side at my website:

  • heatherbagnall says:

    Hi, my name is heather, i lost my son darryl 3 and a half years ago in the worst way any parent could lose there child. Please write back to me and i would love to talk to you, is there any way that you can help me contact my son as i am desperate to communicate with him,

    many thanks,


  • Patricia Yatsyla says:

    Hi Sheri,
    I also lost my first grandchild, a boy named Tyler. Ty was born with a physical handicap that prevented him to breathe. He lived a month and a half while the doctors tried to correct the problem. Our family lost all faith after that. Our son and his wife had to disconnect Ty from the from the machine that kept him alive. I felt so badly for them. They tried twice after that to have another child and both were miscarriages. They can not have any children. I have lost my only grandchild and I was unable to protect my son from the pain of the loss. He still cries about his son and the fact that he will never be able to be a father. It has been several years now, but the pain is still fresh both for him and for me. I don’t know what to do or how tohelp.

    • Sheri Perl says:

      I’m so sorry Patricia, I only saw this comment now. I understand that pain that you and your children have been through with child loss and it is very sad. I will also tell you that all three of my children were adopted at birth and I could not love them more had I given birth to them myself!

      There is more than one way to become a father and your son does not have to forfeit being a father because he had difficulty having a genetic child. Children come to their parents through all kinds of means. The means doesn’t matter.

      That’s what I believe and I am so grateful for the lives of my beautiful children who are young adults, except for my Danny who passed at 22 years of age. Please keep in mind that there are many children coming into the world that need good parents to love them. You can turn this around by opening your minds to adoption. If you want to discuss this more, you can reach me through my email: [email protected]

  • I would really like to know if anyone out there has had the same experience as I did. I am a Christian and did not believe this 40 day-visitation of the soul until my mum passed away in December last year. The first week or during the 9 days after her passing, there were signs that she came to visit me by unmistakable smells and fragrance. The first one was the unmistakable smell of my mother with her skin moisturizer; the second one was the same smell plus fragrance of a flower which I did not really know what kind of flower it was. The third time which lasted the longest, about 6 to 8 seconds was totally the fragrance of the flower which was a strong fragrance. The next day I went to my friend’s house and his friend who was staying with him got to know about this and went to my friend’s garden and brought back some flowers which is JASMINE and it was exactly 100% the fragrance I experienced the night before. After that, I am a total believer in this 40 day-visitation. My church actually forbids us to believe in all this and told us that the soul sleeps after death until resurrection day but now I Know this is not true – the soul does visit their loved-ones and give signs to try to comfort them. I am comforted by the signs but I am still in great agony because the loss is real in a physical sense where I could not see her physically anymore and I do not have the chance anymore to care for her, cook for her, wash her laundry, buy her favourite foods, etc.. And now that she is gone, I only realized that it was a privilege and enjoyment to serve her while she was alive because we enjoyed talking to each other very much and she was always there for me no matter what! And I will always remember that My Mother is the only person in the world that truly loves me unconditionally.

  • Sherri Hebda says:

    Brandon, my 29 year old son, passed away from an overdose of prescription drugs, alcohol and heroin only 4 weeks ago (October 5, 2014). Please pray with me that he is okay and with us.

  • Dear Sheri,
    Just a few days ago I registered for your prayer site through a FB link. Today I was googling “how to communicate with your dead child” and stumbled upon this site. Wow! We lost our sons just about one month apart, same year. I am so sorry for your loss. While my son Jeff has sent me a number of special signs that have lifted my soul, I would give anything to be able to actually communicate with him. There are so many questions surrounding the accident that led to his death.
    Anyway, bless you for your website and all that you do. Thank you from one more grieving mother.

  • Sherri Hebda says:

    My son passed away in October, 10 months ago, from a heroine overdose. I don’t know if it was accidental or intentional because he had been out of rehab for 1 month. Please ask for prayers to be sent his way to lift his spirit.

    Thank you

    • Sheri Perl says:

      You can register your son for prayer with The Prayer Registry by sending his full name as you would like it to be printed on The Prayer Registry calendar along with his passing date, (including the year) to me at: [email protected]. (Note the 2 r’s right in a row in the email address). I will then get back to you to let you know all about how to find his name and how we work as a prayer group. This is a free service.

  • D says:

    Please help me too. I lost my firstborn at age 18 just 5 days ago 🙁

  • Teresa says:

    I lost my son Jaaon he just turned 28 I am not sure what day he past he was living in a boarding house and had not heard from him in days and when we found him he looked like he was gone a few days but the called the time of death February 28 I miss him so much and wish he would come to me in my dreams I believe he over dossed on prescription drugs we still haven’t got the toxicology report back since it has only been 5 weeks

  • Sandra says:

    Hi Sheri,

    I lot my son on June 3, 2014 at Camel Back Mountain, Arizona. He went on a hike and never made it. He was found 2/3 days later. He was 23+ at that time and would have turned 24 August 6, 2014. I want my son back. I hate God so much for what he did by taking my son away. I stop going to Church and may end up going occassionaly. I want to communicate with my son and have so many questions. I keep myself very busy at work and everyday I pray for his soul. I really really want him back.

  • My son died from and overdose 8/9/17.My firat bron son was 23 when he passed. He would have celebrated his 24th Birthday 10/12/16. I overdosed on herion. I miss him more than life itsel.its been a year now sonce his passing it seems like yesterday it happened. The pain is horri blle

  • Luisa Gutierrez says:

    Hi Sheri,
    My son Jason Gutierrez 16 yrs old was going to school and was working to support his little family he passed on January 25, 2017 in October. He tried committing suicide for the first time on November 2 he tried for the 2nd time from the hospital he was. Sent for an evaluation from the hospital he was diagnosed with an adjustment disorder mixed with anxiety and depression and had started using opids to ” feel happy ” and finally on January 25 he succeeded in approx 2 weeks will be his first anniversary he left me his baby who was just 1 at the time its been real hard for me because no one wants to see me sad or crying especially the baby I really need to get some sort of closer for my self in order to be able to go on it seems like instead of getting easier with time its getting worse I would love to pray on his anniversary and if possible reach out to him
    Thank you for your time and God bless