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Experience description: 

      I have had several interesting experiences since the passing of my father in 1999; all have been in dreams or just bordering on wakefulness.  

 A) In the summer of 1999, several months after my father's death, I was suddenly woken in the early morning hours by the feeling someone was standing at the foot of my bed. I couldn't see anyone/anything; it was just a sensation. I was definitely NOT asleep; it was an in-between state of sleep and wakefulness. One word was spoken: "Hey". I awoke with a start and still could not see anything. The experience was over as quickly as it had begun. It was a fairly frightening experience and I immediately got out of bed and turned on the lights. Although I did not see him, I am fairly convinced this was a visit from my father, cut short (unfortunately) by my fear. A very strange yet realistic experience.

 B) I had a dream in the fall of 2000 (more like a vision, actually) in which my father suddenly entered the 'scene'. He was wearing a favorite brown tweed sweater and appeared to be in his 70s, but healthy. He uttered one sentence before I woke up with a start: "Get me out of here, Pat." He did not look sad despite the content of the 'message'. Very realistic and I can still picture the experience to this day.

  C) In January, 2001, I had just returned to Japan after spending my Christmas holidays in Canada . I was again woken in the early morning hours by the distinct feeling someone was standing behind my bed (this was in a different apartment) and I remember reaching out behind me for some reason...it was a very comforting sensation although, as before, I could not actually see anyone. I was half-asleep but quickly went back to sleep. The experience stuck with me in the morning and it was definitely not a dream.

 D) In the spring of 2000 I had another extremely realistic dream: I was in my home in Canada and was suddenly face-to-face with my father and mother (she is still alive). Both were wearing their air force uniforms and appeared to be in their 20s. We were literally inches away from each other. I remember communicating with my dad and embracing him, but unfortunately cannot remember the exact details of our conversation. After embracing and exchanging words, he suddenly turned around and quite literally ran out of our house with me following behind. He turned around a corner of our house and was gone. I then woke up. Was this a 'good-bye'?

Did you sense an awareness or presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them ?  Yes
   
Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?  Yes
       
     
Did the voice or sound seem to originate externally, or outside of you, inside of you, or did you not hear a voice or sound but had a knowing of what was communicated?  In my first experience the word "Hey" was spoken and seemed to originate from the area around the foot of my bed.

     
If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar to the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?  Unsure.

     
How clearly did you hear the deceased?  Quite...it woke me up.

     
Is there any possibility that what you heard was from any other source in the surroundings at the time of your experience?  No possibility; I do not remember any dream shortly before this experience.

     
Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience?  No.

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?  No

Did you see the deceased?  Yes

      
Describe the appearance of the deceased:  Only in a number of dreams. My father has looked both very ill and sad in some dreams and fifty years younger and in good heath in others.

     
How clearly did the deceased appear?  N/A

Did you smell a distinct smell, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?  No
 
How long did the experience last?  Seconds.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?  Sudden.

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?  In dreams only.
     
Describe:  In dreams only.

 How do you currently view the reality of your experience:  Experience was definitely real

 Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?  No
     
Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  Uncertain

To the best of your knowledge, did the deceased, during their life, ever have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual experience?  Uncertain
      Describe:  There were several curious things about the final weeks of my father's life. He predicted the time of his death fairly closely, appeared to 'see' and reach out to someone or something minutes before he passed away, and said 'good-bye' to me the very day he passed.
 
Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body? No

Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased?  No

      Describe:  Only my mother.
    
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?  Yes

      Describe:  Definitely have become more interested in spirituality and the possibility of an after-life.

Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?  I know the difference between a dream and 'something else'; several of the experiences above fit into the latter category.
 

SECOND EXPERIENCE

This most recent experience happened during the early evening, around 7PM. I was at my brother's computer, searching the Internet (eBay) for the value of an old tobacco tin I had found several years ago. The tin was on the table next to me. All of a sudden I could 'taste' tobacco in my mouth! I am not a smoker but did try a few cigarettes and 'chew' when I was a kid, so I know the (disgusting) taste. This was THAT taste, clear as a bell. It stayed there for several minutes. I just thought, "Now this is pretty damn weird!".

My mother is the only smoker left in my immediate family and she was in the kitchen at the time and not smoking. But this wasn't the smell of tobacco smoke; I could actually TASTE tobacco in my mouth as if I were actually smoking a cigarette. After a few minutes the sensation ended. It didn't alarm me or anything...it was just, of course, strange. The next night it happened again, and gradually subsided.

The tobacco tin was still in the room but on the shelf. I picked it up and smelled the inside and there was no scent left in it...this tin is about 50 years old or more (so I've learned) so any odor it had is long gone. The tin is now put away in a cabinet and I have not had this experience since.

After mulling this over, and taking into account the numerous vivid dream encounters I've had with my dad since he died, this is what I believe: my dad was right there with me, in some form, and decided to let his presence be known. He was a heavy smoker all his life and it's my belief that smoking caused his cancer (although I can't 'prove' that). He used to smoke the SAME brand of tobacco as was in that tobacco tin when I was a kid (he did change to a 'light' cigarette in later years). I hated tobacco smoke (still do) and often gave him a hard time about his smoking. I believe that this was an attempt at contact, bizarre as it may seem. I should note that dad spent a lot of time at this same computer and passed away in this very house.


Did you see the deceased?  No

Did you smell a distinct smell, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?  Yes

     
Describe:  This was not a smell but a distinct taste in my mouth.

     
Is there any possibility the smell, scent, fragrance or odor was from any other source present in your surroundings at the time of your experience?  No. I double-checked that.

How long did the experience last?  Several minutes.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?  Rather gradual.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:  Experience was definitely real

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:  Slightly perplexed.

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?  No
       
To the best of your knowledge, did the deceased, during their life, ever have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual experience?  Uncertain
      Describe:  In the weeks before he died, my dad knew that his days were numbered and predicted the date of his death (he was off by a week).

Was the experience dream like in any way?  No
       
Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes

      Describe:  Only my mother; her reaction was, obviously, surprise and (I suspect) disbelief.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?  No

Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?  More to come?

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
  No

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?  No
       
Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?  Yes