A few months after my son died, I was alone in our house downstairs when suddenly I heard the very familiar sound of his musical sheep toy (with a musical box inside).
Astounded, I went upstairs as I was magically drawn to the source of the sound: His musical sheep was lying still on the window pane where I had put it a few days earlier - and the tune only stopped when I was right in front of the toy.
There was absolutely no mechanical or physical explanation for the sound, eben
the window was closed. As I had arrived in front of the musical toy, I just knew
that this was a very clear sign of my beloved toddler boy.
Date of experience: April 2013
Length of time between death of deceased and your experience: 1-2 months
Was the date of the experience significant in any way? no
General geographic location of experience: Cologne, Germany, Europe
Details of location of experience and your activity at the time of experience: my home - standing in the corridor doing nothing
Degree of bereavement for deceased immediately prior to the experience: Moderate sadness and/or grief feelings
Degree of alertness immediately prior to experience: No response
After your experience, did you consider the contents of your experience: Wonderful
Have you had multiple experiences? Yes 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? Yes
Describe what you heard, how clearly you heard it and what was communicated: see my text, I heard the music from his musical box
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? outside
If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive? Sound of the music toy, exact same sound
Is there any possibility what you heard was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience? no absolutely not
Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience? none
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? No
How long did the experience last? maybe 7-10 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, it was just the music
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 know what I heard, it was no illusion, I was in thoughts at the time the music started, I was not crying at the very time (although I did most of the day) but I was just standing there downstairs in the corridor.
I was not asleep, not under the influence of any drugs, it was
in plain day light
Was the experience dream like in any way? No
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience: I was automatically drawn to the sound, without thinking anything, just maybe "What the heck is this?" "Where is this coming from?" - As soon I stood in front of the sheep toy, I was amazed, speechless, tears rolled down my cheeks and I think I cried out the name of my boy and said "thank you thank you"
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience? Uncertain
Yes, but the loss and grief remains, because altough this - and other experiences- showed me that he is still alive in another world, I cannot hold him and see him grow.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? there was no worst part - the best and only one was and keeps being that I know there is no earthly reason for the toy to have made the sounds
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Uncertain Describe: not only due to this experience but also similar ones I have had ever since he died
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes all those experiences made me change my world view and belief in life after death
Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.? Yes
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?
What emotions did you feel during the experience? see before
Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others? No
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? Uncertain
paranormal gibst seem to have started just a few days before he had his accident - because I had a dream just a few days before that showed an accident with him.
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 astonishment
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? Yes
numerous events, which I can describe another time
Did you ever in your life have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual event? No
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. The questionnaire only seems to refer to this one experience (i.e. has your belief changed due to the experience) however, in my case, it was not this single experience, but also quite a few others I have made, so I was sometimes in doubt what to tick.