Applied Communication Studies
Research indicates that people maintain a connection with deceased loved ones, which can be healthy for the bereaved individuals. To maintain these bonds, people readily admit to communicating with the deceased. Although communication with the deceased shares similarities with traditional models of interpersonal communication, it is distinctly different. Interviews with 20 individuals revealed support for a model of Transcorporeal Communication (TcC), communication to people who do not maintain a physical presence. This communication includes the components of sender, inner-representation of the deceased as receiver, message, feedback based on what the sender believes the deceased would say, and a metaphysical element. Implications of TcC for griefwork are also discussed.
DeGroot, J. M. (2018). Communication to/with/toward the deceased: A model of transcorporeal communication. OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying, 78(1), 43-66. doi:10.1177/00302281683195