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Mademoiselle Stella from Chiari (Italy) sees Bertie who had died half an hour before

Identifier

025003

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery: After Death – Camille Flammarion

The apparition described below appeared half an hour after death. It is among those which bear the most convincing- stamp of authenticity, and which are best explained by mutual sympathy. Mademoiselle Stella wrote from Chiari (Italy) on January 18, 1884:

 'When I was about fifteen, and was spending my vacation at the home of Dr. J. G-, I formed a close friendship with my host’s cousin, a boy of seventeen. We grew to be inseparable. We worked together, rode horseback together, and shared the same amusements like a brother and sister. He was in very delicate health; I took care of him, and we never spent an hour far from each other. I am giving you all these details to show you that there was no trace of passion in our case; our relations were like those of two boys.

One night they sent for Monsieur G-, to examine his cousin who had suddenly fallen seriously ill with inflammation of the lungs. The poor boy died on the following night. I had been given no hint of the danger in which he was, and was not disturbed in the least about him.

The evening he died I was quietly reading, when the door opened and Bertie, my friend, came in I got up abruptly to push an arm-chair over to the fire for him, for he seemed to be cold and had no coat, although it was snowing I began to scold him for having gone out without wrapping himself up well. Instead of answering, he pressed his hand to his chest and shook his head. I interpreted this as meaning that he was not cold, that his lungs hurt him, and that he had lost his voice -a thing which sometimes happened to him.

As I was still reproaching him for his imprudence the doctor entered and asked me to whom I was speaking. I answered:

 “To this poor boy without any coat, who has a terrible cold. We must lend him a coat to go home in."

I shall never forget the horror and the stupefaction depicted upon the good doctor's face, for he knew (what I was ignorant of) that the poor boy had died half an hour before, and he had come to tell me of this.

His first thought was that I already knew, and had gone mad. The doctor made me go out of the room, speaking to me as though I were a little girl. For some moments we talked to each other at cross-purposes. At length he explained that I had had an hallucination, an optical illusion; he did not deny that I had seen Bertie with my own eyes, but he gave me a “most scientific" explanation of this vision, fearing to frighten me or leave me with a painful impression.

As for me, I am sure of what I saw. I was reading an amusing book, and I clearly remember that I was laughing with all my heart at some absurdity of the hero at precisely the moment when the door opened.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Psychokinesis

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Lung disease

Commonsteps

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