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Then my father-in-law faded away

Identifier

021400

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

A description of the experience

The Art of Dying – Dr Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

As we left, I said to my father-in-law, 'See you again soon’.  He shook his head and replied firmly, 'No'. Two days later, and around 1.30 in the early hours of the night, I awoke in a sweat - my father-in-law was standing by our bed. He was asking me to wake John, because he wanted to say 'Goodbye'. But I let my father-in-law down, because I felt too afraid to do so and buried myself away from what seemed to be a very real person in our room!

I replied that I was too afraid to do so. Kindly, he seemed to accept my let-down - I sensed, he understood my fear - and conveyed 'Never mind' . . . Then my father-in-law faded away. A few minutes later- and due to my restlessness -John awoke and asked what was wrong. When I told him that I had just seen his dad, he replied, 'OK', as if I had dreamt it, and, then returned to his slumbers.

But I definitely did not have a dream! The next morning the telephone rang at around 8 a.m. It was John's mother to say that his father had died in the night. The time given, - 1.30.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Activities

Observation contributed by: Neffy Limb