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Lisa S' ADC

Experience description:  

At the time, I worked the night shift and went to school in the morning. I had moved in with my grandfather after my grandmother died to keep him company. I came home one afternoon after class and around 3-3:30 was trying to go to sleep. My grandfather was still at work so there was nobody else in the house. My grandparents had built this house before I was born so I'd spent my whole life visiting them here and was very familiar with all the sounds throughout the house. My grandmother always wore what she called "dusters" at night and had matching house shoes that slid across the floor. You could always hear her walking through the den, which wasn't carpeted and then as she reached the hallway with carpet. They had a roll of plastic protector over the carpet which let me hear her whenever she was walking down the hall.

Well, this particular day, after she had died, I was in the bed trying to go to sleep. It was bright since it was about 3pm and I was just lying there listening to the silence. All of a sudden I heard her shoes shuffling across the den at the end of the hall. My door was shut, but I could hear it just like I'd heard it all those years. It sounded as if she was walking from the kitchen toward the hallway. I sat straight up in the bed and pinched myself to make sure I was awake. I was so scared I couldn't move. I kept doing things to myself to make sure I was awake. Then I heard her reach the hallway and start down the hall on the plastic protector. She was coming down the hall very slow which was even more frightening to me. I was able to pull myself out of bed and was panicking because I realized I couldn't get out of the room. I climbed under the bed and got in a position where I could see the door in case it opened. I was crying hysterically because I heard her coming closer and closer to the door. Once she reached the door the shuffling of her house shoes stopped. I was under the bed waiting for the door to open. I was frozen and crying. The next think I knew I heard her turn and walk back down the hallway and the sound stopped. Just about the time it stopped I heard my grandfather's car pull up into the carport. At that point, I was able to climb out from under the bed and get back in. I went in to see my grandfather but never told him about this. The house looked the same and nothing had been touched.

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 heard my grandmother walking through her house.

            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

            If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?           Yes, it was the sound she made with her house shoes when she walked through her house.

            Is there any possibility what you heard was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           No

            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?        5-10 minutes

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         Both the beginning and end were sudden.

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

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  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 know that this happened, I kept pinching myself to make sure I was awake. I know nobody else was in the house and I heard her shoes, the way they sounded my whole life, walking through her house.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           Scared to death! I've never been this scared before or since this experience.

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?           No

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      There was no best part, looking back, I should have realized she wouldn't hurt me, but I was soooo frightened. The worst part was hearing her come closer and closer to me and being so scared.

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   No      

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?  No           

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?          No

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Relief it was over, confusion, frightened, sad.


Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           No

Have you shared this experience with others?        

Yes     Laugh with me, but realize I wouldn't make this up. I recently have told a few of my family members and they seem skeptical.

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 you ever in your life have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual event?           Yes 

This is the third and last time my grandmother ever contacted me. I also had a very brief experience with my grandfather a year after he died, and recently had an experience with a close friend after she died.

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