It was Father's Day 2011, approximately 2 years after my father had passed away. I had planned to celebrate Father's Day in memory of my father and my late brother-in-law, with my sister and their son.
Earlier that morning, I looked at the picture of my Father, and said aloud,
'Happy Father's Day dad, I miss you so much. I hope you show up today.' I said
that because there were other occasions since his passing, that he, beyond any
shadow of a doubt made his
While I was standing there, within five minutes or so, I saw my nephew walking
towards me. All of a sudden, a light breeze touched my cheek and something red
caught my eye. I looked down to see a red Poppy on top of my foot. Just as my
nephew approached me, he saw it too. I had tears streaming down my cheeks. We
both remembered that my father always wore a poppy on his jacket in honor of war
veterans. We can only surmise that because there was no wind that day, except
for when the poppy appeared on my shoe, it was my father acknowledging our love
for him and letting us know he is still with us.
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? Yes
a light touch on my cheek
Was the touch familiar or unfamiliar? unfamiliar
Was anything communicated by the touch? a sense of love
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? The occurrence took place in a matter of seconds
Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden? It was sudden. First the breeze on my cheek then the manifestation of the poppy.
Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased? Yes Love
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 experience was real. My nephew was there also. I can hold the poppy in my hand.
Was the experience dream like in any way? No
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience: When I saw the poppy, I knew my father sent it to me. The tears that streamed down my cheeks were the emotions my heart poured out. I felt his loving presence.
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience? Uncertain
I felt as if my dad was telling me not to grieve. That he is always watching over me.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? The best part of this experience was knowing that my father is alive and well. There is no 'Worst Part' to tell about.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No