Dr. Mark D. Miller is confident reported spirit visitations of the recently deceased are actually grief-related hallucinations. Dr. Miller says "It's very common for people to have friendly hallucinations of deceased relatives." This is what Kathy Samudovsky reported Miller saying in her January 2010 article about deceased pet visitations published in the Post Gazette. Miller calls it a phenomenon, that hallucinations occur when the critical thinking area of the brain is not functioning. Psychiatry explains that when a grief-stricken person cannot accept death, the mind will "anthropomorphize" as a coping mechanism. [Dictionary.com gives this definition for anthorpomorphize: to ascribe human form or attributes to (an animal, plant, material object, etc.)..]
Non-acceptance or disbelief is the typical response I've come to expect from a scientific point of view. Spiritual-oriented or faith-centered individuals will usually have differing opinions.
Actually, the premise of Samudovsky's article is an attempt to find out if animals return to visit their owners in spirit form from the other side. Samudovsky offers four different perspectives on the topic of a sensing spiritual presence of the physically departed : Matter of the mind, Matters of spirit, Matters of faith, and Matters of ectoplasm.
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