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Mr E Asinelli of Modena in Italy and the vision of his dead mother

Identifier

011290

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery, At the Moment of Death; Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dying – Camille Flammarion
Letter 443 – Mr E Asinelli

At the age of twenty I was studying in Bologna, while my brother had just entered the military academy in Modena.  One evening, before going to bed, my mother complained of a slight indisposition and showed herself rather uneasy as to her absent son.  But, being above all good sweet and resigned, she withdrew quietly into her room, after kissing me tenderly as usual.

Our bedrooms were communicating.  I spent a part of the night on a difficult piece of work and only towards morning did I succeed in dozing off.

Abruptly I was awakened by the sound of a voice, and opening my eyes, I was struck to see in my room my own brother, pale, his face agitated.

‘Mother’ he murmured ‘how is she?  At ten minutes past twelve I saw her distinctly at the foot of my bed in Modena; she smiled at me; with one hand she pointed to the sky, and with the other she blessed me.  Then she disappeared.  I assure you, Mother is dead!’

I hurried into the hallowed room of our mother, she was indeed dead, a smile on her lips.  Later the doctor told me that she must have ceased to live about midnight

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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