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Chris R's ADC

Experience description:  

On three separate occasions all within a month of each other, my father appeared to me like out of Shakespeare's MACBETH.  Each occasion was upon awakening...I was between being fully awake and asleep.  I don't recall too much about the first two appearances other than I know that he appeared to me.  On the third and last appearance, I carried on a conversation with him.  He told me that he was ok and that everything would be ok with me. (at the time, I was in a prison dormitory...a few months after this experience I was released)  On this last appearance, he told me that he had somewhere to go and that he wouldn't be appearing to me anymore.  He just wanted me to know that he was alright.  I begged him not to go and began to cry...then when I looked around I noticed several other inmates looking at me like I was crazy.  I asked them if they saw my dad and they all said that they did not see anything. a couple opined that I was "nuts".

PS...I have experienced a ghost 20 years ago in Colorado but that's another episode...and then there is my NDE experience that is part of my medical records (written up by the attending surgeons of how I began to speak while deep under anesthesia and undergoing a pneumonectomy in the year 2000)

After your experience, did you consider the contents of your experience:       Wonderful

Have you had multiple experiences?   Yes     three with my father one with an unknown person and another that I've written about involving my near death experience where I died on an operating table and was told by the surgeons that I began to speak with Jesus while under anesthesia

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  No

Did you ONLY sense an awareness of 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?          Yes

            Describe what you heard, how clearly you heard it and what was communicated:   I heard my dad speaking to me and I spoke back to him...we had a conversation

            Did the voice or sound seem to originate externally or outside of you, inside you, or did you not hear a voice or sound, but had a sense of knowing what was communicated?  I heard him speaking to me like he did when he was alive

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

            Is there any possibility what you heard was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           no

            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?         He appeared just like he was when he was alive..he appeared to be healthy and in mid-life...he looked like my dad

            How clearly did the deceased appear?            he appeared a little transparent but not as transparent as the ghost I saw in Colorado in 1977

            How much of the deceased did you see?       all

            Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?       He appeared to be the same as when he died but healthy

            How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            he looked healthy

            Is there any possibility what you saw was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           no

Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?      No

How long did the experience last?        a few minutes

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         the ending was sudden

he appeared confident, alert, alive, well

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  he told me that everything would be ok for me (at the time I was an inmate in a state prison)

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 know that there is another dimension and that when we cross over we will retain our identities and be able to communicate with others.  It's about the same as here on Earth except at the same time different.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   N0 comment

This particular experience with my dad was in between sleep and awake..while another time I was fully awake and the other time I was under anesthesia and have no recall except what I've been told by my doctors

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           With my father I felt very connected and just wanted to be with him.  When he told me that he had somewhere else to go and that he would not be returning I felt very sad

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

It's a little difficult to explain but I know that there's a lot of LOVE between he and I and that to me, my dad was the greatest dad that ever there was

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best is in the knowing that there is an afterlife...there isn't any downside or worst except perhaps the separation

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:            Undoubtedly. My life is totally different as are my interests etc.  I'm only interested in helping others avoid the same pitfalls that I experienced in life and to share my story in that Jesus is REAL and NOW and doing the same thing today that the Bible said He was doing 2000 years ago!    

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes     I have become very religious and am in constant prayer

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes     Yes, there is life after life on Earth.  I had a face to face with Jesus Himself and others too.

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?        No

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          N0 response
What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was in awe..I felt relieved knowing that he was ok yet I longed to see him again but knew that I would not be seeing him again...at least not in this life

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

I was in a dormitory and several others watched as I conversed with my dad...they didn't see anything other than me talking and then crying..

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes

With my father, it was strange in that I was in two places at the same time...

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    N0 comment

Did you become aware of future events?       Yes

Only in that my dad told me that everything would be ok...

When I died I was informed that I would live for another 26 years

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         After my death experience I have become VERY knowledgeable of the presence of others around me...guardian angels if you will

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain

During this episode (i.e. when I visited with my dad) I did not experience any kind of separation...

Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased? Uncertain

During the experience while under anesthesia I was told that there were others present as well as Jesus Christ Himself

Did you see a light?           Uncertain

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?            No

Have you shared this experience with others?        

Yes     I tell others of my experience every day.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   Yes

I put this on nderf.org and with Prison Fellowship Ministry and a couple of others (churches, retirement communities)

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       I appreciate your site and data

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?           Yes 

see "Christopher R's Possible nde" on nderf.org

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