As a child my grandfather spent a lot of time with me, teaching me the ways of life and instilling in me all his knowledge of it. He was also the "handyman" when it came to household repairs. You name it and he did it a jack of all trades so to speak. Even as a small boy he would have me present when he was attending to small household repairs and I would sit next to him intently watching his every move and at times assisting where I could.
Immediately following my parents deaths both within 3 months of each other I found myself living alone in the house I grew up in. This is the same house my grandfather spent many a Sunday afternoon fixing or painting something around the house. One morning when I woke up I was coming out of my bedroom as I opened the door I saw my grandfather wearing his Fedora hat, brown suit, descending the stairs as if he has just come down the hall from my bedroom. There was no exchange of dialog and as quickly as I saw him he was gone. I was wide awake and alert there was no mistaking who and what I had seen, this struck me as strange since had been deceased at that point for 6 years. I never saw him again and a couple of years later sold and moved out of the house into an apartment. I lived in that apartment for some years and never saw another sign of him.
In 2001 I
decided to buy another home. One night around 3 am I woke up from my sleep and
wanted a cigarette, this happened occasionally and as usual I got up from bed to
head downstairs for a smoke. Usually my dog who was sleeping next to me would
also get up and follow me down for a quick run outside. This time he did not get
up and stayed in bed, I thought nothing of it and came out of my room, I turned
the hallway light on and was approaching the top of the stairs to head down when
once again I saw my grandfather at the bottom of the stairs heading out the door
of my vestibule, again still wearing the same brown suit and his Fedora hat,
again there was no other communication and as quickly as I saw him he was gone.
Did you see the deceased? Yes
He wore a Brown suit and fedora hat. He looked the same as he did when he was living. He was wearing the same suit and hat when I had the second siting 11 years later in a different location.
How clearly did the deceased appear? very solid
How much of the deceased did you see? saw full view of deceased's back
Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died? while I never saw his face his body was small in stature to begin with only 5'2" yet he appeared to stand strong and tall.
How healthy did the deceased appear to be? at the time of his death he had been wasting away due to cancer when I saw him he seemed strong and able.
Is there any possibility what you saw was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience? No there is no possibility of that whatsoever
Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased? No
How long did the experience last? a matter of seconds
Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden? both beginning and end were Sudden
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: Both times I was wide awake and aware of my surroundings, There was no mistaking what I saw was very real.
Was the experience dream like in any way? No
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience: I felt grateful to be allowed to see such a wondrous site and I felt safe to know he was near.
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience? No
What was the best and worst part of your experience? the best part was being able to see him again if only for a brief moment and the worst was knowing that he was gone.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Grateful and safe