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Karen R's ADC

Experience description:  

My husband and I were entertaining two couples in our home.  It was 9 PM.  We were sitting in the living room chatting.  Suddenly, the room was filled with the sound of a bird singing.  We stopped talking and looked around to see what was going on.  Someone asked if I had a tea kettle on.  I didn't.  The sound was impossible to explain.  It was coming from somewhere in the room.  After a minute or two the sound stopped and we resumed talking.

At 11PM the phone rang.  It was Clara's husband.  He told me that Clara (who was living in Bridgeport Conn.) had suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage and was not expected to live through the night. Apparently she was already brain dead.  I said I would be there in the morning.  Clara passed away at sunrise the following morning.  When asked what time she had collapsed, the answer was nine PM.  It was a life changing experience. 

I am anxious to know if anyone else has reported this type of experience, that  is, the singing of a bird.  During the nights following this, prior to her funeral, there was a bird chirping outside of my window.

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:   See above paragraph.

            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?  See above. Sound was in the room and was heard by everyone present.

            If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?           n/a to time of death.  On the anniversary of Clara's death the phone rang and I heard a voice which sounded like her's.  Never told anyone about this, because it sounds crazy.

            Is there any possibility what you heard was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           No explanation for the sound at time of her passing.

            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 see the deceased?         No

Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?      No

How long did the experience last?        About two minutes.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         It begain and ended suddenly.

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

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  No.  My sister had been ill for several years, but there was no indication that she was about to die.

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:          There was no explanation for what happened that evening.  And it was witnessed by others who were present.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           I could not understand what was happening. I was simply puzzled.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      I think I've explained this.  There was no worst part.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:      It totally changed my life.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     Too many changes to describe here.  It has made me the person I am today.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes     I know there is life after death.  Clara always believed in God and this experience affirmed her belief, and mine also.

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 Event happened fifty years ago, but have told this occurence to family and others on several occasions. It is something I will never forget.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Clara had always said she expected to die young.  I believed this was her way of saying goodbye, and it provided definite proof that our souls leave our bodies and go to another place. Have had a lifelong interest in what others have experienced.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

My husband and four other people.

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

Yes.  I believe there was a purpose for the knowledge that was given to me.  It has made me the spiritual person that I am.

Have you shared this experience with others?        

Yes     People are generally interested in what happened but don't say much about it.

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?       Please let me know if there have been others with a similar experience.  I personally have never heard anything just like this, and this puzzles me. That is really why I am writing.

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.    I was happy to find your site.  As I said, I'm always glad to read of other people's experiences.