facebookSandy worked in advertising and television in Australia and London prior to becoming an on-air director in Melbourne in 1979. She is a certified health practitioner, qualified in Bowen, Kinesiology, Polarity Therapy, Holistic Pulsing, Hopi Ear Candling, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Past Life Regression Therapy, and Flower Essence Counselling. In 1991 she wrote and conducted a nutrition correspondence course for pharmacy assistants around Australia. Her first book, “Travel Guide to Tasmania” (Penguin) was published in 1984, while her articles on health and metaphysical subjects have been published nationally. She also wrote 2 chapters for the best-selling metaphysical book “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Dawn Hill, is featured in the relationship “bible” “I’ll Have What She’s Having” by Valerie Parv, and contributed to Great Australian Mysteries 2 by John Pinkney and Working with Mean Girls by Meredith Fuller. Sandy has been teaching creative writing and healing techniques  since 1990.
Sandy’s latest book, Heaven Knows, was published in 2016 and is reviewed below.
Can there really be scientific evidence for the existence of an afterlife? Absolutely! In the 30 years between  1975 and 2005, at least 55 researchers or research teams have conducted over 65 retrospective and prospective studies in the US, UK, Australia, Europe and Asia involving over three thousand five hundred research participants, and have published over seven hundred peer-reviewed journal articles. I look forward to presenting some of their findings in this blog.
HEAVEN KNOWS: In times of grief, fear or despair, haven’t most of us asked: “Is there really an afterlife?”  When my mother became seriously ill in 1987, I sat on my back doorstep night after night and asked the universe that question. I doubted anyone was listening, yet strangely, my life began to change. Books and people mysteriously found their way to me. Sometimes, events occurred that I later recognized as paranormal, even though I initially dismissed them as such. Over the next 24 years, as I continued to search for evidence, my skeptical mind was regularly challenged. Slowly – and only when I was ready – the answers came!
Heaven Knows is available for your kindle or as a paperback at Amazon.com and Booktopia. It is also available as “Is There Really an Afterlife” on ibook, Kobo, Nook, and a variety of other platforms.
(see below for latest reviews)


*****  I love this book!!! Sandy tells her story with so much love and so many personal details, I feel I’ve known her for years! Make a new friend and read this book!
***** A professor once told me that if I wanted to be an expert in anything I would have to study and research one subject for 5+ years. Sandy Coghlan can now stand tall in a group of impressive experts on the subject of Near- Death Science having giving 500%. But Heaven Knows is not a dull text book! YEAH! What she has done is to give us an intimate look inside of her struggles through life, the fear of death and the loss of loved ones while weaving the NDE stories and the scientific facts into her narrative. As a reader I could watch the woman mature as she researched NDEs while major changes then redirected her life. She has written not just a scholarly book that any one in search of NDE studies and stories would eat up but she has done it wonderfully sharing her thought process, her heart and—yes—her soul! As you read you can taste the love that went into writing this book. Excellent work and a must read. I’m a 1969 NDEer and I found it very informative while being fascinatingly honest and personal. Thank you Sandy.
***** Wonderful, touching book by an excellent writer
***** Really awesome book. I happened upon it after reading T.J. Owen’s NDE book and was so HAPPY to find this one.
Ms. Coghlan’s search regarding the “afterlife” doesn’t just take you down the path of NDE stats, etc. and the like, but her findings are beautifully interwoven in the experiences she has with her loved ones, most especially her dear Mom. (And I must add that Sandy is an amazing daughter to her Mom. Sooooo inspiring to read about their beautiful relationship.)
This is really a very beautiful book. I really felt that I was on a journey with the author as she not only came to terms with the eventuality of experiencing her loved ones leaving the Earth Realm, but I learned so much about NDEs in the process.
Very touching, awesome book that I know I will read again and again and again.
***** Informative and enjoyable book
***** A close up look at one womans journey…. thank you for sharing and for all the many refrences to other authors who studied near death experiences and metaphysics before most people even heard of it! i think your Mom would be so proud that you wrote a book to help others!
***** very sincere and compelling story.
***** Personal, heartfelt and informative. This book is a double: a very personal story and a truly informative gateway to the litterature regarding NDEs. I was touched and had tears streaming from my eyes as Sandy’s story paralleled my own in terms of personal aspects. And it was a feast following this ladys journey (which has been at roughly the same time and age as my own) through the informations that surfaced during that time. Apparently we have many of the same books on our shelves, and i certainly have a “want to read” list that has grown dramatically. Sandy has done her homework and a thorough research. I recommend her book, for the personal and heartfelt story of her life as well as for the valid and solid information any researcher in NDE’s would love to gain access to.
***** Very good read. Thank you for the book. My Momma died recently, and the book validated many of my feelings and observations. Thank you.
***** Great book. Gives facts and evidence. I highly recommend
***** This is a beautifully written,insightful and truly inspiring book on a subject that has mystified people since the beginning of time. Not only was I touched by Sandy’s personal journey, I was also given great comfort by the many stories (and the common threads that tied them together) Sandy shared from her thorough research on the subject. This is a book I will be reading again and again and recommending to anyone who has an elderly or terminally ill loved one or simply wants an insight into what happens when we die.


  1. Hi Sandy, I teach Creative Writing and English as well. You’ve set up your blog nicely! I’m enjoying it. I blog about my near death experience and other topics.


    • Thank you triciabarkernde. Isn’t the internet wonderful to allow us to connect up with people with whom we share interests? I look forward to reading your blog! 🙂

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