Marlene S's ADC

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Experience description:  

while sitting at the cemetery where my brother was laid to rest, my sister and i were talking about my brother. we both saw this huge monarch butterfly coming toward us and immediately felt my brother's spirit. it landed on my mom's grave, then on my brother's grave. there seemed to be electricity in the air, at the time. the butterfly came over to us and hovered in front of us for a few moments. we were both excited by this monarch, and we left there with a feeling that we had been visited by our brother, Raymond! at the time this happened we didn't have a clue about butterflies and the after life.

following that day there have been numerous encounters with the monarch! that same year in October on my brother's birthday, they were in my back yard coming up on the porch, as we sat there in awe! we counted five monarchs at one point. the sightings continue to this day, even in the winter i see them on tv, on greeting cards, etc. i now collect things with the monarch, and have my brothers picture surrounded by monarch things! after researching the web, i have found this to be the case with many others who have lost loved ones! this has been a huge comfort to me and other family members who have also witnessed the uncanny appearances from monarchs, at just the right moment when they would be thinking of Raymond!

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  No

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

How do you currently view the reality of your experience?           Experience was definitely real

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           my feelings at the time were elation, that i actually felt my brother had connected with my sister and i.

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

although the grief was painful, the connection we made that day gave me hope that i would see him again, so my emotions were hopeful, and set up the healing process.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      the best was feeling my brothers spirit, and the worse is not being able to see him, and hug him!

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes

            Describe:      i think i'm more patient now and have more sympathy for people, knowing how short our time is on earth

What other attitudes and beliefs about your experience do you currently have?        
that we go to another higher form of life, and we will be reunited one day, with our loved ones who have gone on before us.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?

deceased loved ones can communicate with us if we are open to it.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes

god's promise of eternity, is a gift, all we have to do is believe and accept our savior's promise.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            mixed emotions. thankful that we connected, but left wanting more.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes, i feel i can tune in to a sign when it is about to happen!

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

yes the ability to tune in to a sign about to come from a deceased loved one

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?            Yes, all different places, totally unpredictable.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

most people find it amazing, some people don't believe at all and some people say yes they have experienced things also

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   Yes, i've shared my stories on other websites

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       its real, its a gift god gives to loved ones who have passed to reach out to us in pain here on earth

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 the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes, i was able to explain the event , my feelings etc.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    none