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After her mother died, the old granddaughter clock on the wall struck twice

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021552

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A description of the experience

The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

My neighbour Mary Holmes, here in Yorkshire, brought her mother over from Lancashire to live with her.  Her mother brought a few of her things with her, among which was an old, granddaughter clock. After a couple of weeks my neighbour was forced to let the clock run down as its chiming was very loud, especially at night.

Three years after that, Mary went on holiday and her mother went back to Burnley for a short break. During her stay there she became ill and was taken into hospital in Burnley. One day the hospital rang me (Mary was not on the phone then). I fetched Mary, and the hospital told her that her mother had died. I went back to Mary's house with her and made her a cup of tea. As we sat down, the old granddaughter clock on the wall struck twice.

For three years it had never made as much as a tick, and in the following months that they kept it after her death it didn't. At the time the clock struck we were sitting about six yards away from the clock and had not walked by it. I have never been convinced when I have read similar stories, but to this day I cannot work out any explanation as to how the old lady's clock could have chimed after her death, after having been left run down for at least a couple of years.

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Observation contributed by: Neffy Limb