My great aunt Helen (my grandmother's sister) had died just days before. She had been ill, but no one in my family had told me. I was heartbroken that I didn't get to say goodbye to her. She was a good friend to me while I was growing up. I used to call her "H".
I was sleeping when the phone rang. I sat up to answer it, and as I lifted the receiver, a glowing light appeared me. The light grew until I felt completely engulfed in it. I felt I was no longer in my bedroom, but I didn't know where I was. I saw Helen standing before me, smiling at me. She looked young and beautiful, as I had never seen her, but as she must have been before I knew her. I couldn't move toward her, but I felt warm as if being embraced. She told me everything was going to be okay. She told me she had seen my daughter, and that she was beautiful. I don't know how long the moment lasted, but it felt full.
Then she and the light faded, and I was in my bedroom, where it was dark, with the phone receiver in my hand. I felt reassured and happy. Helen had come to tell me goodbye.
I became pregnant about six months later, and my daughter is now 10.
I cannot retell this story even today without tears and chills. Some of my friends and relatives have told me it was probably a dream, but I believe it was real.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? No
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? No
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? I started asleep, but was awakened.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? love, peace
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? no
LOCATION DESCRIPTION: Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any
locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures? No
Did you see a light? Yes I was engulfed by light that seemed to come from behind Helen.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes my aunt Helen, as described
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Uncertain She told me she had seen my daughter - and shortly after I became pregnant with my now 10-year-old little girl
Did you become aware of future events? Yes
Did you have any
changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Many believe I was dreaming.
What emotions did you experience following your experience? peace. I felt re-assured. comforted
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Seeing Helen, knowing she knows my love for her.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the
Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes