About 8:00 PM I was awakening from falling asleep on the couch in the den downstairs. My wife and daughter were upstairs. I was partially asleep and partially awake. I felt the peaceful loving presence of my father as if he was in the room with me.
Through his presence and as if the thought/ image was projected to me by him, I thought about his Colt model 1911A1 pistol and how as a child he would show it to me and say I would inherit it when he passed away. Although I did not hear him through my ears, he was telling me, "It is yours now." As I thought of the pistol, his presence faded and I became more awake.
I did not think much about the experience, passing it off as a dream.
The next morning as I arrived at work, I was paged by my uncle. When I called, he told me that when he went to my father's home to pick him up for a doctor visit he discovered my father passed away on the floor. Evidently he had passed away some time the night before.
I figure it was about 8:00 PM
Was this experience difficult to express in words? No
Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased? Uncertain
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? My father communicated to me with words but they were not spoken. The words were thoughts. I did not actually hear my father's voice, but his words were very plainly transmitted to me.
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
How long did the experience last? five to ten minutes
Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden? no
Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased? Yes, there was a calmness
How do you currently view the reality of your experience? Experience was definitely real
Was the experience dream like in any way? Yes
I was in a state of partial wakefulness
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience: calmness
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience? Yes
Realizing my father's peaceful calmness helped cope with his passage.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? my father's peacefulness.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.? Yes, It confirms my understanding the we have souls
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? rested calmness
Did you become aware of future events? Yes
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes
My former wife, to whom I was married at the time of the experience, did not believe me.