It was two weeks after my dad died and we went down to the caravan to take the awning down and have a rest from all the trauma of his funeral etc.... On the way back I was still crying unexpectedly at things I remembered about him saying he wanted to go to the caravan before the winter came. But he didn't get the chance. Anyway, I asked out loud, as I felt he was still near: "Dad are you happy where you are now. I hope so but give me a sign to let me know that you are?" Immediately a rainbow appeared in the sky above. This was really mind-blowing to me as before my dad died he said that he wanted to go over the rainbow when he died, like in the song from The Wizard of Oz. He said when you see a rainbow when I am no longer here, then you will know I am fine. I felt
a warm glow and a wind hit my cheek even though the window in the car was shut.
I have never felt his presence since till recently when I kept getting dreams about him being very angry and telling me to: "Stop annoying him as he was happy where he is now." These messages I suppose are saying: "Get on with life now for I am gone. Stop dwelling on my past life and body for it's now gone forever. What do you think?
Did you ONLY sense an awareness of 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? No
Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased? Yes
On my face with a slight wind.
Was the touch familiar or unfamiliar? No, but my dad often blew into the grandkids faces to give them a fright.
Was anything communicated by the touch? no
Is there any possibility what you felt was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience? no
Did you see the deceased? No
Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased? No
How long did the experience last? for a few minutes
Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden? gradual like when I asked the question out loud, my dad answered in the only way he knew that I would recognize he was there.
Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased? Yes
He seemed happy to be leaving.
Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know? 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: It was real as I asked a specific question and like an empirical, tested reply, I got what I wanted to prove my theory that my dad did hear me and did reply.
Was the experience dream like in any way? No
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience: I felt an overwhelming feeling of peace and joy. I felt he was happy and had left this worldly plane.
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience? Yes
I accepted that he was away and onto another life form or spiritual plain.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Knowing that he heard me.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Uncertain
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? No
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
As described, this was the death compact we had made, although I did not believe one bit of it at the time.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes, My husband was out of the car walking the dogs so saw the rainbow appear in the sky.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt sad that he had now left and I can't talk to him anymore.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes
I felt as if I was the only one being able to witness this but physically my husband did see the rainbow as well.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes
Everyone believed that my dad did contact me there and then and did leave this earthly world at that time.
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? I am worried about the dreams now but being into psychology I can hypothesize that my brain is telling me to stop thinking of my dad by making the scenario of the dream so that I can stop grieving and get on with life.
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