Member Rara Avis
Yes, absolutely not, and maybe. In that order.
But now, let's jump out of order. Yes, death is real. Maybe there is reason to believe communication with the dead is possible, though if so, I believe it has nothing to do with psychic phenomenon. If you believe in God, in any form, then you already believe in communicating with the unseen. I would be the first to admit there is much more we don't know than what we do know.
One thing we do know, however, is that the scams perpetuated by the spiritualists of this world are absolutely not psychic. They're not even new.
I've never seen the show, just cuts of it from a documentary. In the documentary, made shortly after the show became popular, a psychologist virtually duplicated the same results Edwards gives in every show. The trick is a targeted audience (why are they there?), leading questions, and the ability to "read" human reactions, both verbal and nonverbal. Remove any one of those three, and the results change dramatically. These kinds of circus tricks have been known for centuries, with some of the most interesting exposes documented by Houdini in the early Twenties. It takes surprisingly little practice to be surprisingly very effective.
Sandra, I'm sincerely sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know, from experience, how tough it is. I personally believe that her essence, her spirit, lives on. There IS life beyond death. But I also believe if she has something to say to you, now or years from now, she won't need a human intermediary to say it. She'll say what needs to be said to YOU, not to a stranger she's never met.