A father watches his teenage son step out the door on a hiking trip, not knowing that this is the last time he would see him.... A journal of grief, despair, and ultimately, hope, this book tells the story of every parent's nightmare--the sudden death of a child--and a father's search for meaning in a seemingly random world of psychics and skeptics. Expanding on territory covered in his 2008 memoir of his son's death "Soul Shift," "Messages from the Afterlife" is both an account of Ireland's journey from indifference to belief and an overview of the resources available to the bereaved to help them receive messages from the afterlife. Mark Ireland, son of celebrated "psychic to the stars" Dr. Richard Ireland, was a successful marketing executive in Arizona with little interest in his father's colorful history. While his father held readings for Mae West and traveled the U.S. demonstrating his parapsychological powers, Mark Ireland took a more conventional route through life. But when his own teenage son Brandon suddenly dies while hiking in the mountains with friends, Ireland is forced to confront his resistance to all things spiritual and begins to explore the possibility that communication with the dead is real. In his search for conclusive evidence of life after death, he plunges into his father's world and meets an array of respected psychic-mediums who deliver unexpected messages not only from his son in the afterlife but also from many other souls seeking to communicate with the living. Fighting to retain a sense of critical thinking, Ireland also contacts scientists conducting research into the survival of consciousness after death. The book features detailed accounts of tests and experiments that various people have conducted to obtain proof of consciousness survival, including Ireland's own, involving a secret message left behind by his sister, Robin, who died of pancreatic cancer. The contents of this message were unknown to any living person and remained sealed in an envelope--untouched--until responses had been received from a group of qualified mediums who sought to "crack" the code. "Messages from the Afterlife" shows how spirit communication can be both undeniably accurate and frustratingly ambiguous, and above all demonstrates the value of having an open, receptive mind while maintaining faith in the indestructiblity of the human spirit.
"In "Messages From the Afterlife," Mark Ireland raises fundamental questions about the nature and fate of human consciousness. This touching, heartfelt account takes its place in the enlarging body of evidence suggesting that death is not final."--Larry Dossey, MD, author of "One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters" "Mark Ireland is a soulful, intelligent man who brings higher thinking to mediumship, and he shares with us some of his own thought-provoking stories in his book. As a father who has suffered the loss of his own son, he truly understands the importance of reconnection between the living and those who 'live again.'"--Allison Dubois, inspiration for the NBC TV series "Medium" and author of "Talk to Me: What the Dead Whisper in Your Ear" "If you expect this book to be sombre and extremely sad, it is not. The journey that the author has travelled since the death of his son in 2004 is quite remarkable. He has taken his original grief and raised it to a positive experience of hope for everyone who has lost someone precious.... [A] varied, educational, and interesting journey...."--Tricia J. Robertson, psychic researcher and author of "Things You Can Do When You're Dead" ""Messages from the Afterlife" is a must-read and will bring comfort and peace to thousands. Another great book from Mark Ireland."--John Holland, psychic medium and author of "The Spirit Whisperer: Chronicles of a Medium" "In his 2008 book "Soul Shift, " Mark Ireland explained how he was able to overcome the despair he had experienced from the death of his eighteen-year-old son, Brandon, by his research in the area of mediumship. Seeing others grieving the loss of loved ones, Mark Ireland has dedicated his life to helping others move from disbelief or blind faith to a conviction that those loved ones live on and will someday be reunited with us. In this book," "Mark provides more intriguing stories of s
A business executive turned author, MARK IRELAND is engaged in "consciousness survival" research experiments, collaborating with respected scientists including theorist Dr. Don Watson, developer of TES (Theory of Enformed Systems) and Tricia Robertson of the Scottish Society of Psychical Research. Mark also contributed an essay to medium Allison Dubois's "We Are Their Heaven: Why the Dead Never Leave Us." Further, Mark recently established a national organization, "Helping Parents Heal" to assist bereaved parents. Mark Ireland is the son of Dr. Richard Ireland, a renowned mid-twentieth-century psychic-medium. In early 2011, Ireland released his father's previously unpublished "Your Psychic Potential: A Guide to Psychic Development."