Jennifer C's ADC 

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Experience description:  

the voice i heard came from outside under our window.  there was no one there. i had been waiting for some confirmation from Shane that he was okay, and receiving this message on Easter a.m. meant for me, that he was resurrected, and very much okay.

Details of location of experience and your activity at the time of experience:  It was just after dawn, five or six a.m.  I had left the bedroom window open slightly during the night. A cool spring breeze was drifting in to the bedroom.  I awakened to hear a grown man say Shane- very clearly, very slowly, three times.  I was very unnerved, but also positive that this was my son, Shane bringing me comfort. He sounded in his twenties.  Its resonance is what I recall mostly.  It sounded like a song- I have often wished to hear it again, but never have.

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:   I have above

            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?  no, it was a voice, but the rhythm was very much like a song. The ending syllables were whispered and seemed to echo.

            If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?           not at all, he could not speak

            Is there any possibility what you heard was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           none

            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?            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?           The night my son died, 3/10/03, our entire family smelled pink roses in our living room.  It was overpowering and very real.

            Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?     The rose smell was distinctively pink roses, and the smell was noted by all, even the youngest child, without them having been alerted to the smell.

            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 flowers, scented candles, perfumes- my son had respiratory problems so our house was clear of odors.

How long did the experience last?        many hours. five hours.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         the beginning was gradual and then it got very very pungent. I actually popped popcorn and masked it a bit bc. I was so freaked out by it.

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           No

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:          in both of those moments, smelling the roses and hearing the voice, I was off guard, but knew what was happening, did not question it, did not disbelieve it. I had this powerful sense of just knowing.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           It was such a beautiful, sunny Easter morning. The voice startled me, i could not move, i wanted to hear it again. Its sound never left me.  With the roses, as people coming in confirmed the smell, the experience became more and more real.

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

I felt a certain closure, a relief.

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

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

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes, Not to super analyze what i hear or see or smell to be open to everything

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, Others smelled the roses

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Loss. Longing.  Come back. Tell me more. Do it again.

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?    Yes

The voice was beyond description.

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

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

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