Bozzano, Professor Ernesto - Psychic phenomena at the moment of death – 29
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Ernesto Bozzano - Psychic phenomena at the moment of death [110 cases suggesting survival after death]
Third category Cases in which other people, collectively with the dying person, perceive the same ghost of the deceased.
34th case. - I also extract this account of Proceedings of the S.P.R., vol. X, p. 372. It was communicated to the same Society by Mrs. B., a lady known to Mr. Podmore. Speaking of her mother's death, she recounts, among other things, the following:
My youngest sister, now dead, came to my mother's death bed, and left Devonshire, where she was staying with her friend's family, to run home. Once she arrived, as soon as she entered the room, she stopped terrified, shouting that she had seen the ghost of the "godmother," sitting by the fire, in the usual place of our mother. The "godmother" had died by the end of 1852. She had been the governess of our mother, and almost her nurse. She had lived with her for all of her married life, had been the godmother of her first daughter, and when our father died, she was committed to replacing him as much as possible in order to avoid our mother all sorts of concerns - which she nobly accomplished until her death.
At X.'s cry, my other sister came running into the room, and was able to see what had happened. She could also see the ghost absolutely clear in the same position where X. had found it. - Later, it was seen next to my mother's bed, then sitting on the edge of the bed itself. My two sisters and my old servant saw this ghost together. The apparition was the talking reproduction of what the "godmother" looked like during her life - except for the gray garment she wore, since she was used - if I remember correctly - to dress herself only in black. My mother also saw the "godmother"; and turning on her side, she exclaimed: "Mary! Which was precisely the name of the deceased."
Also, in the latter case, there are strong presumptions in favor of the complete independence of perception of the ghost for the first time by two sisters. However, in order to be certain that these were indeed not simultaneous phenomena, it would have been necessary that at the time of the first manifestation, someone had thought of questioning the patient on this subject - which did not happen.