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Virginia G's ADC

Experience description:  

Every December 12th I remember that it was my grandmother's birthday.  When I am in the United States, I make a point of purchasing a red rose in honor of her ..(and because she loved roses)

It was a lovely winter day in New England and the first beautiful and heavy snowfall began that morning. I had errands to do downtown. among them , taking many things to the local Salvation Army to donate..

I arrived at the store by the back entrance, deposited my donations and decided to enter the store to "just look around",,,there was nothing of interest. as I was leaving, I happened to glance at a very small picture frame...but continued to my car as I had no need of anything. upon arriving at the car door, I felt almost impelled to return and purchase the 99 cent picture frame !

I did so. it was quite old, not in very good shape, but with silver polish and for the price, I thought I would put a picture of one of my children in it...

I then continued on my way, going to the florist, picking up groceries and arrived at my home in the afternoon. attended to some household duties, lit the fire, and decided to sit down, enjoy the snowfall outside the window by the table, opened the Dom Perignon split and looked at my grandmother's portrait and wished her a very Happy Birthday..

(I must now go back many years in order to explain this happening...when I was a small child , my grandmother would always find 4 leaf clovers and give them to me for good luck. to this day I have never found any ! Even after I was a young bride and living in a foreign country , I would receive letters from her and enclosed would find several 4 leaf clovers !)

To continue...after toasting my grandmother, Maude, I thought of the various purchases I had made and began to open some packages while seated at the table. and I came upon the small and humble little picture frame. it was held together with old and yellowed scotch tape around the velvet backing. I began to tear it off, and when the velvet back came off...there fell upon the table...4 -4 leaf clovers. one for me and 3 for my children. My grandmother had not forgotten me...It made me so very happy...

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  No

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?         Yes   only saw her portrait. but she was there

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

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           Yes   she was full of love for me..

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 can tell you no more than I already have done...but this total experience was real...and she did communicate with me on this day..  

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?             a stronger belief in the unseen world

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      it was all good

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes     a renewed sense of knowing that she still exists...

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

it gave me joy and hope that there is more than this present day reality

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?           

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     happiness for me and a renewed hope for all

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   No

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       not today...

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 

when I was very ill in India I saw myself above the bed, telling me how to deal with and alleviate pain

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

as I have said before, just read my story 

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    None that I can think of..