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Michael H's ADC

Experience description:  

I was sitting in my living room watching the news at approximately 8:45 in the morning, I had finished eating breakfast, and was flipping through the channels on the TV. In my living room were several personal items from my parents house, their effects were being divided up as their estate was being liquidated to pay for their nursing home bills. My mothers sewing basket was 3 feet in front of me. It was constructed like a picnic basket with large handles folded on top of each other. Suddenly one of the handles moved from the folded over position up in the air  and gently over all the way

to  the bottom of the basket. There was no air movement, no one had touched it for days. I also had a feeling of a presence of some one in the room, and at the same time  I also looked up at my fathers clock which was sitting on the fireplace mantle. I

believe  that the presence I felt was looking at it and at me, I then felt an overwhelming presence of my Father. It scared me at first, and then I figured that it wasn't anything but my imagination and went on watching television.  Later that after noon I received a phone message telling me of my Fathers passing in the early hours of that morning. After the phone message I am convinced that  my Father came by to see me.

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

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?            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?        Approximately 20 - to 30 seconds

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         no

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

I didn't know who it was at first, however after a couple of seconds I had  an overwhelming thought of my father

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

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

            Please explain why you view the reality of your experience as real or not real:           I realize that the handle on the basket that I saw move, could have some how moved as a result of some natural tension based on its construction, however the overwhelming feeling of my father that I felt at the time it happened and not knowing of his passing, at the time  it happened, make me feel that it was his spirit making a visit on his way to where ever you go when you pass on

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           It was very scary or surreal  at first, and then I felt my fathers presence, I then felt a calming sense of well being,  then after it happened  I felt odd, I questioned what I had just seen,

 and then I dismissed it as some strange coincidence

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

I did not feel anything profound until six hours later hearing of my fathers death, it hit me like a ton of bricks

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      If I had known my Father had passed when this happened I would have spoken to him as it happened

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:      I seem calmer in general, I do not seem to worry as much about day to day difficulties as much, I feel that I  now know something very profound

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     Firmly believe in some kind of existence after death

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

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?            I dismissed it as some strange thing or odd coincidence

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           No

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No

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

I firmly believe there is some kind of existence after death and it is good, and that my father is alright, he was a non believer in the existence of God and  of any afterlife

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?         No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No

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

Did you see a light?           No

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?            No

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Son was very skeptical, girl friend very supportive and believes it was my Father saying good by

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?           Uncertain 

I had a heart attack 8 years ago. I remember seeing a light in a tunnel like situation , however that was all I remember, nothing profound or life changing

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