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Erika H's ADC

Experience description:  

I had just qualified as a state swimming official. This was my first experience of being the official announcer for a state swimming meet at an Olympic pool. I was anxious. I saw the deceased in the spectator stand for a few seconds. He was looking directly at me, nodded slightly, his body seemed to say, it's OK you can do it. I announced the event calmly. Looked back to the spectator stand and he was gone. The seat he had been sitting in was vacant. He appeared again to me about one month later while I was swimming laps outdoors. No visual appearance. Just his voice spoke. "Tell Elaine" (his wife) I told his wife about the experience and she fully  believes me.  No further encounters to date. NB both these encounters were totally unanticipated.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  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:    First awareness was very visual. Second awareness was voice only.

            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?  First sound was an external sense of knowing/ Second was almost an external voice

            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

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

            Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience?   Definitely no.

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?            No

Did you see the deceased?         Yes

Fully recognizable as prior to contracting the brain tumor and taking medication. i.e. not swollen or disfigured.

            How clearly did the deceased appear?            Clear. Blended in with other spectators in the stand

            How much of the deceased did you see?       All in a sitting position

            Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?       No as per prior to contracting the brain tumor.

            How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            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 comment

            What smell, scent, fragrance or odor did you smell?           no

            Was anything communicated by the smell?   No

How long did the experience last?        A few seconds

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         Natural as glancing around and observing someone without focusing on the person

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           Yes

Calm and confident.

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  Deceased informed me that I was capable of doing something which I myself was sacred of doing.

Deceased requested me to inform his wife about the incident of appearance after death to me.

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:           The experience was unanticipated and unimagined and could not willed to reoccur.

The few people that I have related the experience to (relatives of the deceased whom I hardly know) totally believe my experience.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           focused Calm and confident

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

Possibly a feeling a sense of "right direction'

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Clarity of the message. Not being able to repeat the awareness of experience at will.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain                  Describe:            However I know that signs are Sometimes I find myself wishing the deceased to reappear. I look for signs but I know that wishing for "signs" is only superstition. Signs are not the same as the unexpected/unanticipated experience.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   No      

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  Uncertain            Previously I believed in life after death as something I had been taught. This taught me the experience not the theory.

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?          Yes. On the second experience the deceased asked me to convey the first experience to his wife and family.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Calm and confident and reassured and directed

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           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?    I came to know that the deceased was aware that I  was anxious and that the deceased genuinely knew that I was capable of carrying out the task in hand.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     They all believe me and are comforted by the presence.

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

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

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

To the best of my ability