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James M Grandmother's ADC

Experience description:  

I attended the family reunion in South Carolina.  It was there that I decided to share with my Aunt; my father's only sister, and her daughter the details of the ADC I had back in December 1993; just shy of a month after my grandmother's death.  I had brought a photo album to the reunion containing my collection of ancestral photographs.  When we came to the photograph of my grandmother that was made when she taught school in Rocky Mount, N.C.; the 1924-1925 school year, I pointed at the photo and said I had a story to tell them about it.  They finished looking through the album and my cousin then flipped back to the photo and asked me about the story.  I had wanted to share my ADC with them for years, but felt to uncomfortable and reluctant to bring myself to do it, because I had no idea how they might respond to it.  I then gave them the full account and explained that when she appeared to me she looked just like she appears in that particular photograph.

My aunt then shared the following ADC with me, which I was completely unaware of.  She told me how my grandmother had experienced an ADC from my grandfather.  It occurred within a year or two after his death.  At the time pants suits for women were coming into fashion and my grandmother had purchased one.  She had always worn dresses or skirts up to this time.  She was in her bedroom getting dressed and was about to wear pants for the first time and was deeply concerned wondering would Daddy approve of me wearing pants.  My grandmother always referred to her husband as Daddy, and father as Papa.  As she stood before her dresser putting on her clothes and fretting over whether deceased husband would approve of her wearing pants, he suddenly appeared in her dresser mirror, standing behind, nodding his head in approval.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?     Yes                                                  

Did you see the deceased?   Yes    Saw the deceased in the mirror standing behind her.

How clearly did the deceased appear?   He looked as if he was standing in the room with her.

How much of the deceased did you see?    As much as the mirror permitted.

Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?   I believe the age he was at time of death.

How healthy did the deceased appear to be?    I don't believe so.

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

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?   Yes     He came to give his approval and to put her mind at ease about wearing pants.

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?   It was helpful information for it put her mind at ease.

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

Was the experience dream like in any way?    No   

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

What was the best and worst part of your experience?    It gave her peace of mind.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?    Yes    My grandmother began to wear pant suits.            

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

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?    Yes                                             

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

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?   Uncertain   

Have you shared this experience with others?    Yes    She shared it with her daughter.

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

Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?    It is interesting that my grandmother received an ADC, and then after her death I received an ADC from her.

Were there any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?    No