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Robert L's ADC

Experience description:  

My Grandfather died on Jan. 9th 1973 . Shortly after his death I got a job working offshore and went out a week after his death. We were working 12 hour shifts and I had just completed my shift and taken a shower . I went to my room , turned out the lights and laid down. My room did not have any windows and when the lights were out it was so dark you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. As soon as I laid down my grandfather appeared on my left side . All I saw of him was from his waist up . He appeared to be illuminated and was wearing his hat he always wore and a his dark dress jacket which he wore to Church on Sundays. I was so shocked at what I was seeing I closed my eyes. I opened them again only to see he was still there, again I closed them and opened them again only to see his still there. Again I repeated the procedure but this time he was gone. I didn't tell anyone about what I had seen and kept this to myself.

When my 7 days offshore was completed I came back home to our house . My grandmother was sitting in her chair when I came home and she called me over and had me sit down to talk . Grandmother then told me she was sitting in her chair watching TV. at about 1:00-pm and when she looked to her right side my grandfather appeared to her . Grandmother stated she was so shocked to see him she put her hands over her face . Grandma said when she took her hands away grandpa was gone . Best we can determine both incidents occurred on the same date. We both have one regret though and this being neither one of us attempted to speak to Grandpa or ask him any questions . This happened when I was 19 years old , in now 52 but remember the whole incident as if it were yesterday.

Did you see the deceased?         Yes  wearing a hat and dark dress jacket.

            How clearly did the deceased appear?            Illuminated but solid

            How much of the deceased did you see?       waist up

            Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?       as he looked at time of death

            How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            appeared to be normal

            Is there any possibility what you saw was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           no

Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?      No

How long did the experience last?        approx. 30-45 seconds

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         sudden

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           No

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 believe Grandpa came back to show me he was ok and for me to realize death is not the end but the beginning. From that day forward I know that when my day comes  he will be there waiting for me .

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           I was in shock at what I was seeing

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

this assured me of life after death

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      seeing grandpa again.

worst part: not talking to him        

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes     death is not the end ,only the beginning....

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

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?            great joy at seeing grandpa again.

Have you shared this experience with others?        

Yes     I've only told a select few people , others would view this as a lie or me being crazy.

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?           Yes  Airplane crash June 12-2004

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