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Christine D's ADC

Experience description:  

About 10 days after my mother passed, I was shopping in the grocery store.  It was a Sunday morning and the store was pretty much empty.  Being that i am a single mother, sometimes things can be tight financially for me.  When my mother was alive, she used to take me grocery shopping all the time.

I was walking down the canned foods aisle.  There was no one else in the aisle with me either when I first entered the aisle or as I walked down it.  I got about 3/4ths the way down the aisle and the smell of my mother hit me right between the eyes.  It was unexpected like walking into a cloud and "in my face" is the only way I know how to describe it.  My mother had a very particular smell- not unpleasant-but just an "old lady" smell.  It was NOT a smell associated with medicines, perfume, hairsprays, or anything else like that. I smelled it for about 3 seconds and then it was gone.  My first thought was "MY mother is here!" or "It's my mom!"  then my next thought was, "I must be going crazy and there has to be a logical explanation for this. So I stuck my head in all the surrounding shelves and sniffed trying to see if there was a smell that was similar and  there was not.  The next thing I did was to look down the closest aisles to see if someone was standing in a nearby aisle that it could be -- there was no one in those aisles.  So thinking that I must surely be losing my mind, I decided to walk around the store for 20 minutes and come back to that spot and if I smelled the smell again I would know that it had a physical cause. So that is what I did.  When I came back to the spot 20 mins later,  the smell was still not present.

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

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

            What smell, scent, fragrance or odor did you smell?           It was her smell. I don't know how to describe it -- it was not a perfume, a hairspray or anything medical.

            Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?     Yes

            Was anything communicated by the smell?   I just had the feeling that she was there.  It was her way of letting me know she was thee

            Is there any possibility that the smell, scent, fragrance or odor was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?        I had explored all possibilities of that and the answer is no.

How long did the experience last?        3 seconds

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

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

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

            Please explain why you view the reality of your experience as real or not real:           It was unexpected and a sign of something about her only I would know.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           Surprised, caught off guard-disbelief but comforted at the same time

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

Felt like she was still with me

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Best- comforting

worst- reminded me that she was not physically there.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

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

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  Yes            reaffirmed beliefs

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?          No
What emotions did you feel during the experience?            disbelief and temporary lifting of sadness.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Yes

More in tune with ADC communication.  For example, when I ask for my mothers help with something, a penny will show up.  Sometimes I hear her voice (in my head)giving me direction or encouragement

Have you shared this experience with others?     Yes     Skeptical

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

Its a long story....

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