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My mother said that he was calling for me as he died



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

The Art of Dying – Dr Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

While serving with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth I received a phone call from my mother in Brighton one Monday evening informing me that my father, whom I knew was very ill with cancer, had been admitted to a hospice and may not last out the week.

My intention was to apply for compassionate leave the following day, but at about 3.30 a.m. I was suddenly awake and shot bolt upright in bed hearing my father calling my name. I did not 'see' him but I clearly heard his voice as though he were in the room. I did not go back to sleep but eventually went into work as normal, where I was informed that the duty officer had received a call saying that my father  had died at about 3.30 a.m. But I already knew - my father had told me.

My mother later said that he was calling for me as he died. I love him dearly and ever since that day I have had an overwhelming sense of his presence.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Hearing voices