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by Dianna Ranere

Review: “The Medium Next Door” Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer by Maureen Hancock




In her new book “The Medium Next Door” Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer, Maureen Hancock,  details the adventures of a real life ghost whisperer. “It’s basically part memoir about my life as a medium, yet I’m just like your next door neighbor…only I hear and see dead people,” Hancock explains. “I write about my work with the sick and dying, helping people pass, assisting detectives to help find missing children and adults, and some profound readings that have changed families’ lives.”

Each chapter has a reflection, or suggestions, to apply to the reader’s own life for healing and knowledge.

Ian Sander and Kim Moses ( aka Sander/ Moses) are signed by Disney ABC to be the executive producers of psychic medium Maureen Hancock’s life in her 2011 reality TV pilot for her upcoming reality TV series this summer. Sander/ Moses Productions was the executive production team of the hugely popular Ghost Whisperer TV series.



Maureen Hancock possesses the ability to connect with loved-ones beyond the grave. Her style is unlike any other medium in that she uses humor to deliver messages and soften even the hardest skeptic. Even more astonishing, she takes on the personality of the deceased providing detailed information—names, dates, and exactly how the person passed. She brings up specific life memories that leave participants laughing and crying.

Hancock has appeared on the front page of several newspapers for both her performances and her charitable work with the ‘Chernobyl Childrens Project’ as well as other foundations. While she has been interviewed nationally on radio, she’s a regular morning guest on popular New England FM stations, WROR and Fun107. Hancock has been featured on two New England news stations, WHDH Channel 7 and FOX25 News.  In the past, she hosted her own Comcast Cable talk show called, “Postcards from Heaven.’ Hancock also appears in the documentary, “41”, distributed by Nehst Productions (award-winning film maker, Larry Meistrich). Maureen has also appeared in four episodes of the 20th Century Fox Television daily strip show, Wedlock or Deadlock.

Hancock’s giving heart shines on those in need. She spends numerous hours each week giving back and on-call for emergencies such as the loss of a child, those about to pass from cancer, and searching for missing children. Through her own charitable foundations, Seeds of Hope and Mission for the Missing, Hancock provides these services pro-bono. She is also an inspirational speaker providing lectures for several organizations including, Compassionate Friends, as well as various medical groups such as, The S.A.N.E. Program, several hospice groups throughout New England, and Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

Maureen’s path as a medium began on an icy night in 1992, when Hancock fell asleep at the wheel and hit a tree, breaking several facial bones and fracturing her skull. The extreme trauma caused her to start to hear and see dead people throughout the day and night. Hancock believes this accident caused a ‘reawakening’. As a child, she spent three years in and out of Boston’s Children’s Hospital with lead paint poisoning. After coming out of her coma and returning home, Hancock reported to family members that dead people were walking through walls and closed doors. She thought everyone could see and hear these spirits.



Spirit medium Maureen Hancock discovered her psychic abilities to communicate with the dead when she was just five years old. Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but she kept the otherworldly messages to herself throughout her childhood, eventually suppressing them almost completely.

Maureen wouldn’t open herself up to the spirits again until she was in a near fatal car crash. Soon after she began to hear hundreds of voices who were helping her solve cases and expose fraud in her job as a litigation paralegal at Logan Airport. Accepting her gift but keeping it under wraps she married and had children. It was not until tragedy struck on 9/11 and Maureen was bombarded with messages from the spirits that she realized she had to put her ability to its best use. She left her job at the Airport and opened the holistic healing center Pathways to Healing and launched the cancer foundation Manifest a Miracle.

Today, known as the “Medium Mom ,”as well as “Comedian Medium” Maureen strives to balance raising her children, speaking with the deceased , assisting the dying, searching for missing children, and teaching about life after death.



For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in mediums and have always wanted to have the gift. When I was asked to review “The Medium Next Door” Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer by Maureen Hancock, I jumped at it, even though book reviews are not my favorite type of review to do.

I watch everything and anything there is about mediums and contacting the dearly departed, I always have. It became a stronger fascination when I lost my father in 1996 and started having experiences around my home. Those little visits from beyond, helped me get through the grieving process. Even though my father was gone, I still felt a very close connection with him through the “signs” he sent to me. Maureen talks about these signs and how we need to look for them everywhere after a loved one has passed.

When my Mother and best friend, passed in 2006, after having to turn off life support, I felt like I had died along with her, and to this day, still feel like I am not 100%. I long for the talks we used to have about everything and miss her beyond comprehension. While reading this book, I was comforted in knowing that my Mom can still hear what I am saying, this is a good thing because I talk to her every single day, both she and my dad get daily conversations.

Maureen has a way in the book to make you laugh and to cry as she chronicles her life as a medium. I was so enthralled and interested in every single word that it was hard to put down. I haven’t read a book that fast in a long time!

It was such an inspirational book and I loved how at the end of each chapter she offered insights about reaching your dreams, help through the grieving process and a gentle nudge to help you attain your goals. I found myself looking forward to these little tidbits while starting each chapter.

There were points in the book that gave me hope, that one day I will feel whole again. I owe it to my parents to make this happen. Reading how Maureen has overcome so many tragedies and also dealing with anxiety and depression, has made me realize that I can overcome anything in life and that my parent’s are always there in spirit cheering me on.

This is a must read, not only for those interested in Mediums, but for anyone needing some help dealing with loss and lifes struggles.


You can pre-order The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer for $7.82 on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble. The book will be available in book stores on May 2, 2011.


If you would like to learn more about Maureen, you can follow her on her website, on Facebook and on Twitter.


Disclosure: I was provided with the book to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% my own.