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Steph W's ADC

Experience description:  

I was vacuuming the sitting room where the picture boards are from the funeral.  Several people helped pick the pictures out and one of them was a great picture of my dad and my mom with my newborn son.  We actually printed out an 8 by 10 of this picture since it was such a great one. We all have looked at this picture several times.  Even after the funeral, I took my kids in the sitting room to look at the pictures of my dad so they don't forget about him. Before the vacuuming incident, the last time we had been in there to look at these pictures was maybe a week prior. As I was vacuuming, I looked at this picture ( as I had many times before) and I noticed what I thought was a strange glare.  I thought it was a reflection from the window or a weird bend in the picture. I went close to the picture and I could not believe my eyes.  It was a distinct halo above my dad's head. I was in shock because that halo had not been there before. I called my husband over and he was in shock too. He confirmed that the halo had not been there before. I also called the nanny over who had seen the picture before and after and she confirmed the same thing. The other odd thing is that the halo was also on the small picture that I gave my baby to hold.  I had my husband check the original digital picture and we could not believe it was on the original too. It was definitely not there before and a digital camera of this quality does not make distinct halos like that. I showed my mom the picture the next day and we both broke down in tears. I told her it was his way of saying that he is in heaven and will be waiting for her when it is her time.  This is comforting but also hard to process.

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?          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?      No

How long did the experience last?        The pictures still have the halos

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

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

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:           Because the hard proof is in front of my face.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No      

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           Same as above but could also feel his presence


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

I feel he is in a good place and that is comforting.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes    

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

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

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?            Listed above


Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           Yes

Three other people. One was not family

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 were.

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?           No 

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