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Mr. David Gow, the editor of Light, was impressed by the observational capacity of all the eight witnesses, who said they had seen their mother’s soul leave her dying body

Identifier

028028

Type of Spiritual Experience

Dying
Inter composer communication
Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 8

Background

Remember that an hallucination is defined on this site as a spiritual image overlaid on images of the physical from the eyes.

Comment by

There is nobody who would not see how important this fact is, and how suggestive it is from a spiritualist point of view. And this is all the more so since, on the demonstrative side, it appears invulnerable, given that it is quite recent and that it was immediately corroborated by the percipients, that all the witnesses, at the deathbed, observed in an identical way the development of the phenomenon in all its phases, and that this time there were eight of them to observe it. 

It should be added that Mr. David Gow, the editor of Light, went to the author's house to discuss with the witnesses the facts regarding the various episodes of the phenomenon and was impressed by the observational capacity of all the witnesses, who were still under the indelible impression that they had seen a soul leaving the dying body.

A description of the experience

Light (1922, p. 182).

Also quoted in Professor Ernest Bozzano Les phénomènes de bilocation Traduit de l’italien par Gabriel Gobron and translated further into English by Serge Patlavskiy]

Miss Dorothy Monk submitted to the Editor of Light - Mr. David Gow - the following report of what happened at her own mother's deathbed, which occurred on January 2, 1922.

"We were in our family environment witnessing an extraordinary phenomenon that occurred at the death bed of our beloved mother, who died on January 2. This phenomenon strongly impressed everyone, so we anxiously ask you for some clarification given your extensive experience on this subject.

After a long illness, aggravated by a gastric influenza attack, our mother died because of the weakness of her heart... Around the fatal 7 o'clock in the evening, the patient, in a coma, opened her mouth, and from that moment on, we all observed a small thick white cloud forming above her head and lying down at her bedside. It came out of the head, but condensed largely on the side opposite to the bed. It hung in the air like a thick cloud of white smoke, which sometimes appeared so opaque that it prevented us from seeing the bed backrest. But it was constantly varying in density although we had not noticed any movement in this kind of cloud.

With me there were five other sisters present and all of them saw the extraordinary phenomenon clearly. My brother and brother-in-law came in and were able to observe the phenomenon like us. A blue light illuminated the room and sparks of white light sprang up at intervals. We observed that the lower jaw of the dying woman had continued to open slowly. For a few hours there were no significant variations in the phenomenon, except for a halo of yellow light rays around the head of the dying person. We counted seven of these rays, which varied in length from 12 to 20 inches.

Around midnight everything dissipated, although our mother did not die until around 7am. At 6:1/4 a.m., one of my sisters, who was resting in another room, heard a voice whispering: "One more hour to live! One more hour!" She got up, impressed, and came to see my mother's last moments, who actually breathed her last 1 hour and two minutes after my sister had heard the premonitory voice.... We gave thanks to God who allowed us to witness the flight of a soul and thus wiped away the tears of the bitterness of a farewell without return."

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

References