Madame Belot sees her dying husband in Algiers
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Death and its Mystery, At the Moment of Death; Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dying – Camille Flammarion
Letter 933 from the Henri Silvy, Montpellier August 6th 1900
Madame Belot is a woman of eighty. For a long time she and her husband lived apart; both were too independent by nature; they had neither the same ideas nor the same tastes. They did not detest one another.
Their household was rather informal; the husband, something of an adventurer, decided to go and settle in Algeria. Before leaving his wife, he said this to her:
‘I’m leaving, but rest assured that I will not forget you and if I go to the grave before you, my last thought will be of you’.
One day after luncheon, Madame Belot was taking her usual siesta. She was sleeping lightly, when, toward four o’clock in the afternoon, it seemed to her that she saw her husband, who passed before her saying ‘Good-bye, I am going away’.
This apparition startled her into wakefulness. She was greatly terrified; she had clearly recognised her husband’s face, despite his pale emaciated features. She thought of this constantly and believed that an accident had happened to him.
The next day she received a telegram announcing that he had died the day before at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.