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Roseanne M's ADC

Experience description:  

I suddenly find myself back in time around 1940's Boston, MA.

It was as if I was a bystander just watching what was going on (like watching a movie).  I see both my grandfather and my Aunt Marie (my mother's sister), and I see them both appear young and flashing back to what they currently look like ( I think so that I could be certain of whom I was seeing and knew who they were).  Also, I was aware of how they both were feeling at that time, as if I was there experiencing this memory( I felt like both a daughter and a father).  They were walking along the streets of Boston, as if it was simple routine that they did on weekly or monthly basis.  We would go into certain stores and businesses, I think to pay some bills.  One place in particular stuck out in my mind a store named "Osgoods", a family owned appliance store.  My grandfather was making a payment on a television, (the early days of the first television).  My grandfather was always fond of his TV, because he was the first generation to have experienced it. My Aunt was about 4yrs old, she was wearing a blue dress with a blue gingham ribbon tied around her long dark curly hair.  My Grandfather liked to dress her up to show everyone his "Princess" Marie, as they walked around the town.  My grandfather had my Aunt convinced that she was actually a princess. The last part of this experience was my Aunt and Grandfather walking hand-in-hand eating a vanilla ice cream cone, which they always shared after there walk to the stores.  They were at the end of the sidewalk where a traffic light was, waiting to cross the street, the next thing I know this bright, warm, loving light envelops them (at the same time I am feeling this) and my grandfather's arms become bigger and bigger and embraces my Aunt bringing even more love and warmth and then a bright flash of light appears and suddenly I am back to the dream that was going on before this experience. I wake the next morning and I remember this "dream", and I tell my Mom about it over breakfast.  Later that day, my Mom calls my Aunt and tells her about my dream.  My Aunt is shocked by this, and tells my Mom that she was having those same memories all day long while she was working.  She also remembers that same appliance store, and she verified that the store was named "Osgoods".  I feel that my Grandfather was able to communicate with me, to help my Aunt understand that he too, remembers the times they shared together, that even though he was no longer alive in the physical sense, but that he was still alive spiritually.  Also, to show that every time we remember times with him, he is also remembering at the same time.

Was this experience difficult to express in words? Yes  general feelings associated with experience

Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?          Yes

          Did the voice or sound seem to originate externally or outside of you, inside you, or did you not hear a voice or sound, but had a sense of knowing what was communicated?         the voices of my grandfather and my aunt were inside me.

          If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?         He sounded the same as when he was alive.

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

          Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience? no

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?          Yes

When the bright, warm light enveloped my aunt, I felt has if he was hugging me.

            Was the touch familiar or unfamiliar?  familiar, but not intensity was of nothing I have felt before.

          Was anything communicated by the touch?  his love

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

Did you see the deceased?        Yes

like I said above, he appeared has he before died (83 yrs old) and flashed back to how he looked in  his twenties.

            How clearly did the deceased appear?            solid

            How much of the deceased did you see?       all

            Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?            yes and no

            How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            very healthy, happy, jovial

            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?   Yes

          What smell, scent, fragrance or odor did you smell?        fragrance, smell of the city, smell of vanilla from ice cream cone

          Was the smell, scent, fragrance or odor familiar?   yes

          Was anything communicated by the smell?   no

          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

How long did the experience last?       approximately 10-15 min.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?          sudden, began while dreaming suddenly, and ended suddenly

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?          Yes  I could feel his emotions.  His love for his daughter.

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  yes, that this was an actual experience that occurred between my Aunt and grandfather.

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

          Was the experience dream like in any way?  No

What was the best and worst part of your experience?    none

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?       No     

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?

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

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?         Yes Aunt verified name of appliance store

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?          Yes

My Aunt's childhood memories with my grandfather

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?  Yes  1940's

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?          Yes

Did you see a light?         Yes

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   

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   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 

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