Thursday, October 26, 2006

Spooky Story Five: Love from the Afterlife

It seems many of you, my blogger buddies, have personal stories about life after death. Almost everyone I know has had an experience with receiving some sort of "sign" from a loved one that had died. Skeptics will say that it's simply the mind, filled with grief, trying to cope. And honestly, I'm sure that's the case with many of these stories.

But sometimes, the effect is so profound, you cannot dismiss it so easily.

Here are some experiences from a fellow blogger,
Jenna Howard. She writes about passion on her blog. But here today, she writes passionately about love from the afterlife.

I had written about this on my blog because I had absolutely nothing to say at the time. Yes, it happens. Anyway, a comment asked: "Jenna, do you think you could write down one or two specific experiences you had - especially the one where you felt the bed sink and everything after your grandparents passed? I think it's perfect for my spooky stories series I'll be running from Sept. until the big finale on Halloween."

Well, who am I to resist the Phoenix?

It was 1994. The only reason why I remember the year is because that was when we lost my grandparents within a week. We lost Grandma to cancer, then several days later Grandpa followed her. At the time I was in Kingston, Ontario, having the time of my life with my best friend and had no idea what was happening back home. My family had decided to let me finish out my holidays (it was only a day difference) so when my mom picked me up at the Calgary International airport, she told me that Grandma was gone and Grandpa was in ICU. The guilt was massive. Silly but that's the way I felt. This was also the first time I would experience loss and it through me for a loop.

I'm not the best sleeper. If the furnace kicks on I wake up. At the time I was living at home, snug in my bed. What yanked me from my sleep was the sensation of someone sitting on my bed! I flipped over and half expected to see one of my parents sitting there, checking up on me.

No one.

With my heart pumping a mile a minute I decided "Okay, it was a dream," and I went back to bed.

Days happened again. I felt such an obvious sensation of my mattress sinking - as if someone was sitting down. Again, I flipped one. This happened a few times at random intervals. Always jarring me from my sleep, I could feel my bed sinking in one spot. I don't know what made me say it but I stared at the ceiling, thinking of my grandparents whom I loved & adored (especially my grandma) and said "I'm sorry I wasn't here but I won't feel guilty any more. Love you. Miss you. Bye."

My bed never shifted again. And I have to confess...I kinda miss it.

This wouldn't be the last time this would happen to me. In February we lost my dad to Valley Fever and we were all down in Phoenix. When my brother and I had arrived at the hospital I had written on my Dad's forearm over and over again, I (heart) U. He was unable to speak, and I kept "writing" that I loved him over and over and over for the simple truth of touching him.

I was sleeping in a strange bed (something I'm never good at) and sharing my room with my mom. A "touch" came out of nowhere, on my right shoulder (I'm a stomach sleeper) and I swear to this day I felt "I (heart) U" being written on my skin. I flipped over half expecting to see my father there. Instead, it was shadows of unfamiliar shadows.

Figures that he'd visit me one last time to say good-bye, just like his Mom had 12 years earlier.


KC said...

Scary, but comforting also. I'm glad she was able to receive messages from her dear departed family members.

Big Pissy said...

I agree with kc.

I appreciate her sharing the experience with us.

starbender said...

One just never knows, does one???

Mr. Friendly said...

Thanks Jenna.

Thanks Phoenix.

cindra said...

My great grandma swears her hubby visited her fairly regularly one summer after he died, sitting on her bed too. Wow. Lucky you Jenna.

Phoenix, eloquent comment to my hubby Tom's post over at Sar's. You are right. It is sad.

O Ceallaigh said...

Dr. Science sez ...

Aw, forget it. You can guess. It's not all that important anyway.

Jenna, I hope the next one who writes "I [heart] U" on your arm is there for you to hold. And the feeling's mutual.

OnMyWatch said...

cool story. thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Gheeze Phoenix - I didn't even realize that I haven't posted a comment on your blog in a loonnnggg while!

Now it's time to go and read those fantastic stories of yours!

Unfortunately I don't have anything like this, but I remember vividly last year when you did this it was just as exciting.

I really like this story, especially about the tracing on the arm from her 'father' (?).

Also I like her blog, thanks for the link and now I think I will have to add her to my blog roll! ;-)

Sherri said...

Every once in a while I swear I can feel something touching my hair, stroking it. One time I was at work talking to one of my coworkers, I totally freaked her out when I had asked her who was behind me playing with my hair.

the weirdgirl said...

That's just touching (and a little sad).

angel, jr. said...

I just got goosebumps.

The Phoenix said...

o' big softie you!!!!

Jay said...

Even if it is just the mind trying to deal with grief, I think it's lovely that so many people find comfort this way. We all need a little reassurance.

Jenna Howard said...

Thanks for posting this up, Phoenix, and for all the nifty comments.

What? OC didn't go all scientifically cynical on me? Wow...I feel privileged!

Carae said...

I made the mistake of watching Celebrity Paranormal Project tonight at around midnight, all by myself. WHY DO I DO THIS?!?!?

So, I didn't read the story, because it is dark outside and I need to actually sleep tonight. Perhaps tomorrow when it's light.

Yawn said...

Phoenix- I need your help. Who am I? Check out the Wikipedia definition of Yawning Anus and please add to it. I need some input on this. The Agency needs a good old fashiooned footnote in history before I leave it for good.

phred said...

That`s cool.
With ALL of mans knowledge..I think there is alot we don`t know.
200 years ago we didn`t know antibiotics existed. But they were there.
Telephones, PC`s, air travel, the list goes on.

Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

It's kind of nice to know that stuff like that can happen, isn't it? Like they can reach out and comfort you or let you know "Hey, it's okay."

David Amulet said...

Zoinks, Scoobs! Too bad your bed has never "dhifted" again ...

-- david

BrianAlt said...

Yeah, I'm sure this isn't grief. I'm sure this is love ones coming to visit you.

You know if you go back to look at previous blog posts there is a theme to many of them. That theme is, "it's amazing what the mind can reconcile." The human brain is a truly remarkable thing. Did you see the recent Science Times article about 'out of body' experiences? The brain is amazing!

BrianAlt said...

The Article

The link was cut off above.

Jennifer said...

This is a common theme in my family. Maybe we're all nuts, or sensitive.

Phats said...

Hmm that's is crazy, but in a good way I guess. I have never had anything like this happen to me, I am not sure what i'd do if I did!

Not sure what to believe really when it comes to this stuff :)

Cari said...

i am a 100% believer

chris's abuelita (grandma) visited me in a dream

i was having a really tough time that night...i couldn't go to sleep at all...

chris and i started to talk about her...i do remember that

chris and i dont agree on this subject

he thinks there is an explantion to all of these kinds of things

anyways..we turn out the lights and i am sitting there in bed with my eyes wide open for what seemed like forever!

when i did end up going to sleep i had some nightmares...

and i remember having my eyes closed and just asking and praying for her to come visit me....

and that she did phoenix...i was even able to hug her one last time...the last time i saw her she was passing away in front of my eyes

to see her in such a relaxed peaceful state in my dream....compared to the last time i saw made me so happy

it really did give me some closure

it gave me hope

and i hope sharing this gives someone else that too

Karen said...

jenna, your story brought tears to my eyes.

we all have different ways of coping with loss that are real to us.

LBseahag said...

i wish someone cared about me enough from beyond the grave to mess with my mind...

this story was chilling and excillerating

Anonymous said...

I read the book on Jim Morrison. It is a fascinating book. I wonder what the remaining Doors think of it?

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