All of a
sudden, this aroma went through my car. I looked around and my windows were up,
there wasn't anything in the car that could smell that good. Then I realized it
was my Grandfather cologne. I could feel his presence in my car. I arrived
home before my husband did, and when he got home, he asked me if anything
"strange" happened while I was in the car. He said they both had this wonderful
aroma go through the car. He made note of the time, as did I, because I knew it
was my grandpa, and when I told him what time, it was the exact time as when I
Was this experience difficult to express in words? 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? My Grandfather's favorite cologne: Aramis
Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar? Yes. He always wore Aramis. For years, I could remember him getting it for gifts.
Was anything communicated by the smell? I knew that he was there watching over us like I asked him to.
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? Not at all.
How long did the experience last? possibly 30 seconds, if that.
Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden? No. It was all of a sudden and then it was gone.
Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased? Yes
I sensed he was there and letting me know I would be okay.
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 wasn't the only one to experience it. We were over 30 miles apart.
Was the experience dream like in any way? No
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience: I was really scared and freaked out about the snow. It was a real blizzard. But after that I felt at ease, calm, and sure that everything would be okay.
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience? No
What was the best and worst part of your experience? It was all great and nothing was bad.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes
Describe: All through my life, my grandfather was there for me. I now want to give back to the elderly and be there for them whenever they need me. I quit my old job and now work with seniors.
Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.? Yes
I know that God does hear our prayers and allows them to be answered. I asked for Him and my grandfather and they were there. I used to be scared to die, but after that I am not.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes
My husband smelled his cologne also. Same time.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness, peacefulness
Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others? Yes
My husband and step-daughter
Have you shared this experience with others?
Some were disbelieving. Family members and CLOSE friends who are also Christian understood.
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
Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire. NA. I am just glad that there is a place where I can share my experience!! Thank you.