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Iain M's ADC

Experience description:  

My Grandparents house in Belfast was a wonderful place to visit and somewhere my sister and I always looked forward to visiting. I remember the experience starting with my grandfather beckoning my sister and I up the stairs of his house and into the spare bedroom where I always slept on visits. He sat us down and spoke with us telling us he was going on an important journey. Although he died age 79 years, he was the image of a 30 year old exactly from a photo I have of him in his WW2 naval uniform. I remember his voice being so clear and concise. The experience was more real than any other dream (good or bad) that I have ever had.

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 his voice

            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?  Externally from me. It was as if he was sat opposite me talking to me.

            If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?           Exactly as his voice was 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?            Uncertain

I cannot remember exactly if I was touched or not although I may have been and just cannot remember it.

            Was the touch familiar or unfamiliar?   N/A

            Was anything communicated by the touch?  N/A

            Is there any possibility what you felt was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?  N/a

Did you see the deceased?         Yes

As mentioned above, I saw him clear as day. He was dressed in his WW2 uniform and appeared to be about 30 years old. He looked the image from a photo I have from him in 1942.

            How clearly did the deceased appear?            Solid.

            How much of the deceased did you see?       All of him

            Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?       He was younger than what he was when he died.

            How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            Very 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?      Yes

            What smell, scent, fragrance or odor did you smell?           Old spice! He always wore that fragrance!

            Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?     Very familiar. I always associate the smell of it with my grandfather.

            Was anything communicated by the smell?   No, not that I can remember.

            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?        No.

How long did the experience last?        To me, it seemed to last about 10 minutes.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         From what I can remember it was sudden as I woke up immediately after it.

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

He seemed very calm and collected. Almost aware that we were sad.

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  Not that I can remember.

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 have never experienced a dream to be as real as the experience I had. This has led me to believe that it was very real.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Uncertain

It happened whilst I was asleep but was not like any other dream I have ever had.

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           I was so happy to see my grandfather.

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

I don't feel as if there was any healing as I have has issues in the past with being unable to grieve for him. I still miss him very much.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part of the experience was being there whilst it was happening as it appeared my grandfather was alive. The worst part was wakening in my bed after the experience and realizing he was gone.

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

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.?  Yes     It just confirmed it for me.

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?            An intense sadness. Once I awoke I remember crying for what seemed like hours.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Uncertain

As my sister was also in the experience, I am not sure if she experienced it or not as I have never asked her.

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?    No

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No

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

I felt that I was in the room that the experience was taking place in.

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

I saw my sister, who is still alive. She was with me during the experience

Did you see a light?           No

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?  No      

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   No

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       I would love to have this again! I miss my Grandfather a lot.

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 

I have been involved with a few paranormal events.

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

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    No. Its has been a pleasure to take part in the questionnaire.