Annette F's ADCs

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Experience description:  

My dad had fought cancer for 5 years and by the time he died, there wasn't much left. During his funeral, the family was sitting apart from everyone else. This room had a door that opened & closed twice during the ceremony. According to the funeral director, this door could only be opened from inside our room, so that no one could come in during a service. We checked - no handle outside. No one was near the door both times it opened & closed.

After we got to the cemetery for the service there, it started raining. The family was seated under tents and as others there tried to crowd around, the back corner of the tent collapsed and spilled a tremendous amount of water on the mourners. We knew then that it was my dad - he would have gotten a huge laugh out of that!

Then every day after that for a week, our lights (only in the kitchen) would blink and strobe when we sat down for supper. My mom said that she could smell his cologne very strong for about 2 weeks after he died. I was crushed when I lost my dad, and can only believe that he was letting us know that he was OK and finally felt good again.

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My collie, CJ died on 8/16/02. We had just lost a dog 3 weeks prior in an accident. After she died, CJ seemed to give up and died peacefully at home with us. We were devastated! When we buried him, there was a yellow & black butterfly that lit on a cedar tree beside us and watched the whole process - digging the hole, burying him, etc. Flew away when it was over with.  Next evening we heard this high pitched bark at the door (that CJ only did when he was glad to see us). We looked outside only to find our other dog sound asleep on the porch. Next morning, the same thing - CJ's high pitched "happy" bark - looked outside and again, the other dog was sound asleep.

CJ died and was buried on Saturday - The barking started on Sunday and happened again on Monday.

Tuesday at work a yellow & black butterfly flew in my office and landed on my desk.  I almost lost it because there are no flowers - no nothing near our building that would attract a butterfly. It was so freaky that if I hadn't had a witness, I wouldn't have told anyone. 

On Wednesday, my husband was leaving his terminal (in an 18-wheeler). A yellow & black butterfly flew up to his window and fluttered by his side. It stayed with the truck by the window until he pulled out of the parking lot and onto the highway.  It was really starting to freak us out by now. 

CJ was our watch dog, and I wondered what we would do now. Thursday night I dreamed that the sheriff dept called me home from my job where they had a would-be burglar in their car. They asked me questions, one of which was if I had a collie. I started crying and told them that I had one, but he had just died. The burglar was cursing in the back of the police cruiser and kept cursing the collie that had jumped on him and had "eat him up" I woke up crying, but not worrying anymore, because I felt like he was still watching over our place.

You can blame coincidence for a while, but after a while you just have to deal with the truth!  I'm feeling such peace, but am also pretty freaked out - This stuff is Real!!!

Did you sense an awareness or presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them ?  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

        

        

        

        

        

        

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

     
Describe:  My dad's Old Spice

     
Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?  His cologne

     
Was anything communicated by the smell?  No

     
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

How long did the experience last?  2 weeks

 

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased? 
        

 

Your beliefs immediately prior to the experience regarding the possibility you could communicate with the deceased:  Believed it could not happen

Your beliefs immediately prior to the experience regarding the possibility of life after death:  Believed it definitely could happen

Your beliefs immediately prior to the experience regarding the possibility of existence of God:  Believed definitely God exists

Your beliefs immediately prior to the experience regarding your fear of death:  Moderately fearful

Your beliefs currently regarding the possibility you could communicate with the deceased:  Believed it definitely could happen1

Your beliefs currently regarding the possibility of life after death:  Believed it definitely could happen

Your beliefs currently regarding the possibility of existence of God:  Believed definitely God exists

Your beliefs currently regarding your fear of death:  Moderately fearful

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

What did you feel (while awake) immediately prior to your experience?
     
      Happy
     
     
     
     
      Confused
     
     

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:  Happy - confused - a little bit frightened, but also comforted once I realized it had to be real.

What other attitudes and beliefs about your experience do you currently have:      Joy
      Other Attitude or Belief
          Comforted

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?  Yes
     
Describe:  It gives me peace knowing that they didn't cease to exist. Comforting to know that they're still there somewhere.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  Yes
     
Describe:  I always believed in God and afterlife, but this solidified it all. With my dog, I wasn't sure how that worked, but am certain that they're all around as well. I trust in God more than ever. I can see that even when the body died, the spirit and love doesn't die!

Have you ever made a death compact?  Yes
      Describe:  My husband and I have always said that we would try

Did you ever in your life have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual event?  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?  No
        


Was the experience dream like in any way?
  No
        

Did you experience a separation of consciousness from your body? No
     
   

 

Did you see a light?  No

 

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

 

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?  No

 

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?  No

 

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?  No

 

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?  No

 

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?  No

        

Did you become aware of future events?  No

        

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?  No response

        

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?  Yes

      Describe:  Attitude changed to complete trusting in God - that He is there and that my love ones are there also. It deepened my belief

 

Has the experience affected your relationships?  Daily life?  Religious practices etc.?  Career choices?  None

 

Have you shared this experience with others?  Yes

      Describe:  I only shared with my husband (who also experienced it) I guess I feel that others will just give me that knowing look that says, "Yeah, right"

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?  Yes
      Describe:  I read on a web site (uncertain which one) where a guy was mourning his dog and was wondering if it was ok - I responded to him via e-mail and told him about our experience with CJ = hoping to make his grief a bit lighter

 

What emotions/feelings did you expereince following your experience?  Happiness - a little confusion - a little fear.

I was reluctant to believe it was actually them at first.

 

What was the best and worst part of your experience?  No worst - The best is knowing that they are still around

 

Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?  No - just glad to have found you. Someone I can share this with who won't think I'm nuts.

I'm positive it happened - I'm positive they're with us

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