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Rachel C's ADC

Experience description:  

I had locked myself out of my house and I had phoned my boyfriend to ask him if he could meet me there and let me in. When I arrived at the house I was aware that he had already arrived and was waiting inside for me. As I walked down the path I noticed a huge, low, orange full moon and I knocked on the door and beckoned him out to see the moon. We were standing on the path looking in awe at the moon - when my boyfriend said "WoW" What IS that smell?" Immediately I could smell the scent of daffodils, spring flowers, freesias - like I had NEVER smelt them before - and at the time it was dark and the ground was frozen solid, spring was late and there wasn't a flower in the garden. My hair was standing on end - but at the same time I had this feeling of pure joy and love, go through me - quite quickly.

Did you ONLY sense an awareness of presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them?            N0 comment

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?      Yes

            What smell, scent, fragrance or odor did you smell?           The sweetest, most heavenly scent of spring flowers I have ever smelt. My mum's favorite flower was the daffodil and the spring was her favorite time of the year.

            Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?     Spring bulbs/flowers.. as above

            Was anything communicated by the smell?   I felt 100% sure it was a gift/sign from my mum - saying that all was well, death is not the end.

            Is there any possibility that the smell, scent, fragrance or odor was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?        Absolutely not - frozen ground, at night time - no flowers/shrubs all bare from a cold winter. No other houses, people around. It was just such a heavenly scent that I was nearly bowled over by it.

How long did the experience last?        not even 5 minutes - the strong flower fragrance was there and then gradually faded away.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         Beginning was sudden - then gradually faded away.

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

Yes, love - joy - humor!

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 was totally amazed by it - it was very, very real - and felt totally natural. Shared by both of us and just so unexpected. I was lost for words after.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No      

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           My hair stood on end, I was like WOOOOOWW!!! I was saying "thank you Mum" - my knees felt weak and I had to go and sit down. Still in awe over the experience now. I felt love, joy and humor all at once...........

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

Yes, I always called on the experience to reassure myself when I was missing her and grieving for her.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      I think that this experience was the most significant thing to happen in my life.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:      I do have faith in the scheme of things - most of the time...100% pro life after death.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes     Great faith in life after death - hopeful for the meaning of live - although can't always make sense of it!

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes     I felt in awe about the universe and the meaning of life. I felt that I had received 100% proof of an afterlife, and I was very grateful for that - because I was a bit of a skeptic before that.

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 was lost for words - I had to go and sit down - then I felt slightly spooked for a while. I totally recognized a profound significance and was grateful that mum was able to give me such a gift.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

I was with my boyfriend.

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?    As above

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?         Uncertain

Have had a few occasion when I have had psychic abilities - my mum and I were always very in tune with each other.

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 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     This is the second part to the experience - I phoned my Dad up (who at this point was remarried) and told him about the experience with the spring flower scent and he was like "well, you know I can't really get to grips with all this ethereal stuff, but I'm sure that if she could do it, she would have done it for you"...A few days after that time I was talking about my experience with his wife who said "oooh! Didn't he tell you?" What happened was that immediately upon putting the phone down from our conversation, she has walked into the room and said "How you been entertaining a tart in here??!!" She could smell the same smell of spring flowers or Lilies she said she could smell most of all! She said it was so overpowering you couldn't miss it. I reckon my mum was having a joke at his expense! Strangely - my Dad couldn't smell it. Maybe she felt he didn't deserve to!

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   No

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       Yes. After my experience I remembered my mum telling me about an experience that she had had a few years before she died. She had looked after a friend of hers who had passed away due to cancer. A few weeks after she had died my mum said she was sitting alone in her front room and she suddenly smelt a strong smell of bergamot (this was an essential oil that she associated with her friend as she had used it in massage treatment) - she said to me "I knew it was Olga" - then she said the smell kind of "went off a bit" and that "it started to smell fishy!!"" So she said out loud "OK Olga! Thanks for visiting me, glad everything is alright - you can go now"! My mum said to me relaying the story that she thought Olga hadn't been able to do it quite right!! At the time I thought it was a rather silly story and more or less dismissed it! When it came to it - my mum did it all just right for me!! Show off!! I'm just so grateful that she did do it for me! Thanks Mum!

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?           N0 comment 

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

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my experience!