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Rhonda M's ADC

Experience description:  

I woke up around 3am because of a strong floral scent; I could not place the scent, although it seemed to be like some type of lily; it was not a familiar smell to me....it was very strong and I wondered if it was from the spirit of my mother who passed that morning.  I told my daughter and husband about the experience the next morning.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  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?           very strong floral scent; woke me up in the middle of night.  I could not place the scent

            Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?     floral, but could not place it

            Was anything communicated by the smell?   feeling of wonder/hope and peace....I was not fearful

            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?        No; I did not recognize the scent

How long did the experience last?        a few minutes

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         sudden beginning as the smell woke me up (my husband never woke up)

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

I wondered if it was the spirit of my mom....I felt a sense of peace...I was not fearful

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

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 remembered the experience and told my family in the morning; I wanted to believe it was what I wanted to for my own comfort; the aha moment for me was when my dad told me a few days later that he woke up in the middle of the night from the strong smell of flowers....around the same time I was woken up

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No      

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           during the experience I was initially trying to determine the origin of the scent.....I knew it was not from me as I showered that night and did not have any lotion on....I then noted that it was not any of the scents of the perfumes I use and knew....then I wondered if it might be my mother visiting me....I had a sense of peace, and then went back to sleep


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

after my dad shared with me that he experienced the same thing (I did not tell my father about my experience until he told me a few days later about his) I felt a confirmation that indeed my mom wanted us to know that she was OK and passed over

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      best part was feeling of peace

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:      I feel comforted that my mom is safe and at peace         

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 have since read of other accounts of visitations and feel that there is an afterlife and we do pass on to another realm; I am curious about this journey, and a little fearful as it is the unknown

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?        Yes

I made a compact with a person I loved in this life, but unable to be together at the time, that we would come back in another life so we could share our love as we felt we were meant to.  I never had a compact with my mom; in fact we never discussed death or spiritual aspects of life

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 felt hopeful and peaceful


Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Uncertain

I woke up around 3am because of a strong floral scent; I could not place the scent, although it seemed to be like some type of lily; it was not a familiar smell to me....it was very strong and I wondered if it was from the spirit of my mother who passed that morning.  I told my daughter and husband about the experience the next morning.  On 3/13/13 I was having lunch with my father and we were recalling the past week of being with my mom, and the funeral etc.  He than said a strange thing happened to him, and he shared with me that he was woken out of a sound sleep the night my mom passed by a strong floral scent....I was immediately confirmed in my assumption and shared the same experience I had with him....we both felt a feeling of peace

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?    No

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     they seemed awed that I had this experience, and my dad shared the same experience days later

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?       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?           Yes 

I had a vivid dream years ago about a future event involving an old friend of mine; She was in a foreign country crying out for help.....It happened that she was home visiting and I was able to speak to her (I had not seen or heard from her in over 10 years) two weeks after the dream, an earthquake happened in Mexico City where she lived, but this friend was safe

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.    I cannot think of any