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Experience description:  

My wife prematurely gave birth to our baby boy, Christopher Robin, because of medical problems discovered during the pregnancy.  My wife had been pregnant for six months when the problems were discovered, and on the advise of the doctors, it was decided to terminate the pregnancy.  The doctors induced labor and my wife delivered Christopher.  My wife and I stayed with Christopher, since he was still breathing, until my wife physically could not remain any longer and she was taken to the recovery room.  I requested that I hold Christopher until he stopped breathing, because I wanted to be with him until he physically passed from this world.  I held him nonstop for over eight hours until his heart finally stopped beating.  While holding him, I covered him with some towels that were in the delivery room and I noticed that the towels had a strong sent of baby powered.  Although it was a traumatic experience, I derived some comfort and calmness from the "baby powder" scent that enveloped Christopher.  I never told anyone about this and soon forgot about it.   

My wife and I returned to our residence one day later, and sadly, our first dog we got together, a beautiful female Pomeranian named "Nam Poon" was having problems getting her rear legs to work.  She could not walk and she was in obvious pain.  My wife, exhausted as she was, went with "Poon" and me to the vet late that night, because "Poon" had been like her "daughter" and the two were very close.  The vet could not determine "Poon's" problem, so we finally took her home well past midnite.  We placed "Poon" on the floor next to our bed and as much as we tried to keep an eye on her, we both feel fast asleep from exhaustion.  When we awoke that morning, we were horrified to find "Poon" still on the floor next and covered in blood.  She has hemorraging badly from her rear, so my wife and I raced to get dressed, grabbed "Poon", got into the car and as I started to pull away, "Poon" started to convulse and she died in my wife's arms. 

We took "Poon" back into the house and were just devastated by Christopher's, and now "Poon's" death.  Our Thai maid, who also helped care for "Poon" and our other dogs, also took "Poon's" death hard.  Later that day, the maid told my wife that that right after "Poon's" death, she experienced the strong scent of baby powder in the area were we kept our other dogs and she couldn't figure out where it came from, but she had never smelled it before and we did not have any baby powder in our house.  When my wife told me what the maid had said, I started to cry.  Since I had not told my wife, nor any one else about the experience I had with Christopher in the delivery room and the baby powder scent on the towels, she didn't understand my reaction until I told her.  We both started to cry and to this day believe that Christopher came to get "Poon" after she passed.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  No

Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?          No

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

Did you see 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?           Our Thai maid smelled a very strong scent of baby powder.

            Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?     Yes, baby powder has a very distinct scent.

            Was anything communicated by the smell?   I believe my son Christopher was in the room and came to get our pet "Nam Poon" who had just died unexpectedly.

            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?        Impossible.  We had no baby powder in the house, nor did we have any product that had that scent.

How long did the experience last?        about 5 minutes, according to the maid.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         Not sure, but it appeared to be sudden.

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:           I did not experience the event, but our maid did and she had no way of knowing the significance of the scent of baby powder.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

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

I believe my son, Christopher, came to get "Nam Poon" our pet who died unexpectedly.  That is comforting to me.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Best: knowing that Christopher and "Nam Poon" are together.

Worst: Losing both of them.

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes     Believe in the possibility of life after death.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes     Helped me to believe the possibility of life after death.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Sadness and disbelief.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

Incident was experienced by our Thai maid.

Have you shared this experience with others?        

No       Not sure what they believed, or how they took it.

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

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No 

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

Since the experience was not felt, or "smelled" by me, many of the questions do not relate.