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A prophetic vision of his own death



Type of Spiritual Experience


Self fulfilling?

A description of the experience

The Future and Beyond – H F Saltmarsh

This case is reported in Proc., V, 291.

The youngest son of Professor Brooks had been ill, but had recovered and was apparently quite well. He told his mother, who had just returned from abroad, that a friend of his, who had died some months previously, had appeared to him and told him that he would die from heart trouble on 5th December at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

Everyone, including the doctor, laughed at him; but the boy remained convinced that he would die as foretold.

On 4th December he took leave of his friends, giving them flowers and parting presents. He rose as customary on the 5th, ate an unusually hearty breakfast and was, to all appearances, quite well.

At lunch he complained of faintness and died of paralysis of the heart at 3.10 p.m. He was aged 17 years and 5 months at the time of his death.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items


Science Items

Activities and commonsteps



Cardiac arrest