Marian R's ADC

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ADC#1  I was sleeping when I had this communication from my father.  He was in a place where he was very happy.  He was sitting at a table with many of his relatives whom he hadn't seen for many years including his mother and father.  They were all laughing and joking.   I believe it was his way of telling me he was happy and okay.

ADC#2  My very close friend Marla appeared at the foot of my bed and told me that she wanted to tell me herself that she had died.  She was all there but somewhere between transparent and solid.  I was not afraid.  The next day I received the telephone call from my niece telling me that she had died.

ADC#3 and OBE#1 This occurred while I was sleeping.  My friend Marla (deceased) and I were in our spiritual bodies soaring over a large body of water to a boat of some sort.  We were laughing and joking just like we did in life.  Then I heard a man's voice that I didn't recognize calling my name.  The voice was very appealing to me even though I knew that I didn't know who was calling me.  The voice grew louder until I couldn't ignore it anymore and I decided to go back to my body.  Marla told me that if I went back I would be dead.  In that second I knew that she was lonely and wanted me to keep her company.  I came back to my body.

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 father talking and laughing.

I heard Marla talking.

            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?  Yes

            If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?           Exact.

            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?         Father- Dressed the same as in life.  Same hair, weight, and physical characteristics.

Marla, same hair color, weight, and physical characteristics.

            How clearly did the deceased appear?            My father looked exactly as he had in life.

Marla was somewhere between transparent and solid.  She was all there but not solid enough that I could see through her.

            How much of the deceased did you see?       father - complete

Marla - waste up.  I was lying down in my bed.

            Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?       father - same

Marla - same

            How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            father - very.  Yes, had been ill for a couple years.  Diabetes, heart problems, liver problems.  He was on several medications.

Marla - very.  Numerous health problems and took several medications for them.  Diabetes, heart problems, low potassium and many other ailments.

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

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

How long did the experience last?        father - maybe 2 minutes

Marla - maybe 2 minutes

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         father - Appeared suddenly and disappeared just as suddenly.

Marla - Appeared suddenly and disappeared just as suddenly.

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

father - very happy and in harmony with his surroundings.

Marla - Relief and happiness.

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  father - no

Marla - yes, that she had died.

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:          My father and I were had barely spoken for about two years prior to his death because of some things he had done to me and my children.  Upon his death I immediately asked God to forgive him for the things he had done.  I think that was his way of letting me know that my prayer had helped him get to a better place.

I believe the experience with Marla was real because I was wide awake when she left.  I was sleeping when she came but she woke me up to talk to me.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           With my father I was just surprised.  I was VERY surprised to learn later that two of my sisters had the same experience on the same night.  What are the chances of that happening?

With Marla I was somewhat surprised but I was okay with everything.  She was in a lot of pain for a lot years and she wanted to die.  For her death was her release from her pain.

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

Knowing each of them was happy where they are helped me let go of my pain.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      It was all GREAT!!!!!!

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.?            Yes

I don't think that my basic beliefs have changed.  The only difference is when I tell people they think I am lying.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes

I found out the next day that Marla really did die that night. I was somewhat surprised because I hadn't really made up my mind whether or not I was dreaming. I later discovered that her mother had the same dream that night.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Happiness to know that he is in a good place.  I am not sure that he is with God but I do know that he is happy.  That helped me to let go of my pain.

With Marla I was a little sad because we were very close friends.  I did feel confusion though because I did not yet know that she had died.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?          

The one with my father two of my sisters had the same experience.  We lived in separate homes and did not discuss the possibility before it happened.  I do not recall waking up with this ADC.

When Marla came to tell me she had died I swear I woke up when she came.  I was sitting up when she was talking to me and was wide awake when she left.

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

When I was floating over the water with Marla.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes  Disbelief.  Ridicule.  No.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   Yes, I believe it was griefnet.

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       No.

Were there any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?            No

None whatsoever.

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 

OOBE#2 When I was in my twenties I was very ill and while I was laying on the bed with my husband holding my head I fell asleep.  I knew I was out of my body but I wasn't scared.  I was completely happy floating through a hallway until I realized that if I was out of my body it meant that I was dead. The thought scared me so much that I rushed back into my body.  I had two very small children that I didn't want to leave.  I did not see a bright light, a dark tunnel, or any of the other things I have read about other people experiencing.  When I woke up my husband told me he thought I was dead

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

I have answered as honestly and completely as I can recall.  I wish I would have an ADC with my daughter.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    Excellent.  I have no suggestions.