‘Never Forever Dead’, by Laurie Champion, is not your standard ghost hunting instructional guide. Instead it is a collection of writings representing the over thirty years of the knowledge gathered from her experiences as a paranormal investigator. The author’s experience and personal perspective make this book a read that is both intriguing and informational for both the prospective paranormal investigator as well as the casually interested paranormal reader.
The author begins the book with her story explaining her first paranormal experience she had as a child and the struggles she had coming to grips with her fears. This story is pivotal in many ways as it lays the foundation for her future work in the paranormal field, specifically focusing on what she calls ‘hostile haunts investigations and resolutions’. The hostile haunts that she writes about are specifically a haunting that involves what is believed to be a hostile or angry spirit.
She further classifies the types of entities she has come into contact with during her investigations, and ways that have been effective for dealing with them for the purpose of resolving hostile haunts via clearing (a method of removing or encouraging an entity to leave a location) or simply creating an environment of peaceful coexistence between suspected entities and current “living” residents.
Laurie also touches upon the psychological aspects of a haunting from not only the client’s perspective but also from where she believes the entity or spirit involved in the haunting may be providing insights into its own psyche pertaining to its reasoning for being there in the first place, including anger, passing a message or just getting someone’s attention. Using these psychological observations, she even provides advice on how to discourage further paranormal activity from occurring.
One thing you will not find in the book is the now passé brand of investigating techniques discussed in most other ‘ghost hunter’ style books available on the market today. There are no lengthy equipment lists, or how to use them. The reasoning for this is stated in the book, but in short, the author is clear that hostile haunts resolution is nothing like the television shows where everyone has a camera and an EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field, as it is commonly referenced) meter. She also makes it clear it is not for everyone, but once that is understood, she also provides a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” for paranormal investigators out there.
‘Never Forever Dead’ is a recommended read for paranormal investigators because of the alternative approach to investigating it provides for certain types of haunts, specifically where the activity has been confirmed and rendering assistance becomes the priority. One does not need to necessarily share all the author’s beliefs to gain some valuable insight from her experiences in the field. It is also a good book for the non-investigator as well who just wants to look into the fascinating world of ‘hostile haunt resolution’.
Never Forever Dead: Laurie Champion