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She inexplicably burst into tears in the middle of someone's wedding

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021333

Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

Janet Wright's story emphasizes the emotional bond between the people involved:

My husband died in 2005, and my son and daughter were with me at his hospice bedside, all through the night prior to his death.

My daughter who was very close to her dad, is a professional photographer; she had a wedding booked for the following day and had no choice but to honour the arrangement, so, reluctantly she had to leave during the morning. At 1.30 p.m. my husband passed away, without regaining consciousness from the previous night (after we had all said, our goodbyes). I couldn't immediately, phone my daughter (Jayne) as, obviously, I didn't want to interrupt someone's wedding. She phoned me at about 2 p.m. and I told her that her dad had, passed, away at 1.30. I heard her gasp but naturally thought she was upset at the sad news.

However, when she came to the hospice to see her dad she told me that, although she had given her usual professional attention to her work, trying to put her worries aside, she checked her watch at 1.30, to ensure she was on schedule and then, inexplicably burst into tears - something she would not have allowed to happen in the middle of someone's wedding. Given the exact timings, we have always wondered if my husband 'visited' her at the moment of his passing.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble