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Aaron L's ADC

Experience description:  

It was about 10 minutes into the funeral service and all of a sudden about 15 feet from the casket, and approx. 50 feet from where I was seated, by the wall of the church a candle went flying off of the candle holder, like someone had gone up to it and slapped it. The service went on for about another 5 min. and from the opposite wall another candle went flying off the candle holder like someone had slapped it. It was the single most confusing and strange experience of my life. It was at that point that I started to believe that there was life after death.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  No

Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?          No

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

Did you see the deceased?         No

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           No

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

            Please explain why you view the reality of your experience as real or not real:           I have never seen anything like that, or heard anything like that from any other person. For one candle to look as though it were slapped is perhaps a weird coincidence, two times I know with no doubt that it was my grandpa trying to communicate with us.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No           

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           I was shocked and confused, prior to this, I believed in God but never thought that souls could be still wandering around on earth. Or that a deceased person could somehow communicate with the living.

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?           Uncertain

I guess maybe a little bit, but i felt more uneasy about whether or not he made it to heaven.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part, was knowing that there is an afterlife. The worst part is fear for my grandpa, not knowing whether or not he made it to heaven.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:      I now know that there is an afterlife, not exactly sure how it all works, but I know that there is.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   No       Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  Yes     I knew that there was without a doubt a afterlife, after that experience.

Death Compacts are when two or more living people promise among themselves that whoever dies first will try to contact the other(s).  Have you ever made such a compact?        Yes

Before my grandpa died, he said he would come back and go fishing with me. I thought it was silly, now im not so sure.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No
What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Confusion, curiosity

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

There were approximately 75 people at the funeral at the time

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Most of my family also seen exactly what I did, and have the same memory of how it happened.

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?       no

Were there any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the 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 you ever in your life have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual event?           No 

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    no