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Rosalie and Emilie



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 595 from E Deschaux – landowner in Abreta April 13th 1899

Rosalie Deschaux, my aunt and godmother, who died in my home in 1884, aged 72, told me that when she was from 16 to 17 years old and was living in Bilieu, she had a very close friend, a young girl of her own age Emilie Trouillard, living in the same district but in another hamlet.

The latter being, one day, slightly indisposed, she went to call on her; she found her unwell, but did not remark any serious symptoms in her condition.  Some hours later, at nightfall, she felt, to her great terror, a strange sensation as though she had been brushed by the wings of an invisible bird and heard these words distinctly;

‘Farewell Rosalie’.

She then recognised, very clearly her friend’s voice.  My aunt went back home sobbing and cried ‘Emilie is dead; she just said good-bye to me’.

Her mother scolded her, seeking to make her understand that it was caused by imagination etc.

But while they were talking, someone arrived, running, to announce Emilie’s death.  It had come suddenly, with nothing to indicate that it was to be expected

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Being a child


Hearing voices