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Experience description:  

In late February of 1999, my mother had undergone heart surgery to repair valve damage that she incurred due to a childhood illness. We were told that her operation was a success, and in early March, she was sent home from the hospital.  But her health continued to decline, and she passed away in late March.  Prior to her operation, she and I had begun to discuss life after death, as both of us were beginning to believe that there was something more, and that death was not a final end.  But following her death I began to question this repeatedly, and I would pray continually for signs that she was ok, and that there was something more beyond life on earth.

Approximately one week after her death, I had just laid down with my youngest son, who was having a hard time falling to sleep since her death.  My son had fallen asleep, and I felt like I was just beginning to fall asleep, when I looked up at the doorway, and in the darkness I saw a brilliant bright light towards the top of the doorway, near the ceiling. I felt without any question the complete essence of my mom.  The light radiated and with it, I felt radiated. In what seemed like a moment, I felt complete joy, and love.  I wish I could explain it better.  I have never felt this feeling before in my life, and I was absolutely sure that my mother was completely happy, and at peace.  I think, thanks to her, I literally felt it.

The next day I told my son about this experience, but did not tell anyone else.  About a month later, my sister told me that at approximately the same time, she had had a dream in which she had seen my mother, in which my mom was standing beside my deceased grandmother.  She said my mother looked very young and was radiating. She said she was smiling and that she knew she was happy and at peace.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  The only thing that was hard to communicate, was the feeling of complete love and joy that I felt, for I have never felt this feeling in my entire lifetime.

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?            Yes

The light which radiated from the doorway, and from which I felt the essence of my mom, radiated me internally.  I felt complete joy, love, and peace.

            Was the touch familiar or unfamiliar?   It was very familiar. I can't explain it, but I felt the very being of my mom

            Was anything communicated by the touch?  pure joy, love, and peace.

Is there any possibility what you felt was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?  I don't think so

Did you see the deceased?       Not in bodily form

How clearly did the deceased appear?            bright, radiant light

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

How long did the experience last?        only a few moments

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           Yes, Pure joy, love, peace.

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

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           I felt pure joy, love, and peace like I never before felt in my life.

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

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was feeling the joy and peace that I believe is hers now, and knowing that she is alright.  The worst part, was coming back to reality.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes

Describe:      The fear of death, (mine and those that I love), which is something I was petrified of from the time I was a small child, has subsided.

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

A definite belief now, that there is a life after death.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes, I had fear of death, which I no longer have.  I have the peace of knowing that my mother is happy and at peace, and that I will see her again one day.

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

Following this initial experience, I have had several vivid dreams in which I have communicated with my mother, my father, and a deceased friend.

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

Did you see a light?           Yes, The brilliant light above the doorway

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

Oddly, several of my brothers and sisters have had similar experiences regarding the deaths of my mother and father.

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 

When I was younger, and living in my parent's home, I had one very frightening experience in which I felt myself leave my body that was lying in my bed, and float down the stairs into the living room where my parents and several brothers and sisters were.

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