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After my father's funeral my husband thought we should take a short trip from Rhode Island to our favorite place in Vermont.  He thought getting away would help me feel better.  I was pretty grief stricken. My Father's death was not expected and was a shock to me.

We stopped at a Deli we had been to several times before on trips to Vermont. 

While my husband and daughter were at the counter ordering lunch I was looking around a displays of various merchandise in the store. 

One display had artificial ivy strung around the boxes of crackers, jams, cheeses etc. for decoration. 

One of the hundreds of green ivy leaves caught my eye and I reached to touch it and it fell into my hand. 

I just remember feeling really weird and saying to myself "what is this"?  Is this a leaf?  What is going on?

I held the leaf and it seemed to fall apart.  But it was folded.  I unfolded it and it was a $20 bill.  I felt really strange like everything around me had gone away and I was standing there with this 'leaf'.

I couldn't  breathe or talk and could only think, Dad, Dad. This is Mad Money from Dad.  The overwhelming feeling I got was one of profound hope and reassurance that my Father was present with me and that we would surely see each other again.

After some time I gathered my composure and began walking toward the counter where my husband and daughter were standing. I still was in shock.  Just then the clerk said to my husband, "that will be $19.99".

I told my family what happened when we got into the car. We couldn't explain it.  The leaf seemed to transform in my hand.

That evening we were seated at an outdoor cafe for dinner (on a windy day), when my daughter found 2 ten dollar bills under the table.  After dinner there were dollar bills lining the path to the ice cream shop, which my daughter collected.  My daughter and I found dollar bills on the ground in several locations after we returned home for the about the next 2 weeks.

Since that time I have never found any more money, other than occasional change on the ground. 

That was 25 years ago.  We've never forgotten that experience. 

To this day I am reassured that life continues beyond death and this gift from my Father will be with me always.  I feel very fortunate to have had this experience.  It changed me and continues to amaze my husband and daughter as well.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  Yes

I had a feeling I've never experienced before.  I had a hard time believing what was happening.  Was like everything around me stopped.  I felt frozen and couldn't really speak.

Did you ONLY sense an awareness of presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them?        Yes

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? Yes

Indirectly I felt touched by my Father with the appearance of the Mad Money.

Was the touch familiar or unfamiliar?   Familiar

            Was anything communicated by the touch?  Love, reassurance, bliss

Is there any possibility what you felt was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           N/A

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?        Finding the money lasted intermittently for a few weeks.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         Began suddenly, ended gradually.

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           Yes

Love, reassurance, peace

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  The information I received was to know that all would be OK, that profound love and joy exist after death and that I should not be so sad.  I knew my father was at peace and was still near me. I was comforted and left with a profound sense of wonder.  It was miraculous.

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 believe it was real because it held such meaning to me in light of the relationship with my father and the experience of his death.  It was also experienced by 2 other people and was not a dream.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes

It seemed unreal.  I knew it happened and received the feeling of profound peace and wonder from it.  It still amazes me me and is a comfort.

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           Awe, shock, disbelief, of being in another reality, connected to spirit, hard to describe

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

As I've said, I felt comforted by my father that he was OK and that I shouldn't be afraid.  His love for me was still present and to this day I experience it.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was feeling the closeness to my Dad and the sense of love and peace.  There really was no worst part.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:            More loving and accepting of others.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     Stronger belief in our connection through love.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?   Yes     That goodness and love await 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

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?     Yes Others were present when the signs from my father occurred.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            comfort, joy, love

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

My daughter and husband were present.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes

As I described.  Everything else seemed to fall away and I was frozen in that moment with the leaf and presence of my Dad.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes

Yes, as though everything was right and good, warm and bright.

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?  Yes

A deeper sensitivity, compassion and sense of peace.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes

Yes.  I guess that is what I was trying to describe earlier.  The weird feeling that everything else had disappeared and I was there holding the leaf and feeling the overwhelming presence of my father.

Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased? No

Did you see a light?           Uncertain

Al seemed to focus on what was in my hand.  The impression was that it was bright or that there was brightness around.

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?          Yes

Yes in the other spots where the money appeared.  I was very overwhelmed by each occurrence and felt the closeness of my Dad.

Have you shared this experience with others?        

Yes     Some people have been very interested and shared experiences.  I have only told those close to me or those whom I thought would benefit and appreciate.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?            Yes

I shared my story on the site 'Scribed' but only a few have read it.

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       I'm very glad I found you site so I could share it with others who would understand and value my wonderful experience. Thank you so much!

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?       No 

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

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