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Crysta K's Experience

Experience description:   

I was at work, on my way to a meeting, and heard my father call my name. It was so distinct that I turned around half-expecting to see him, although I knew he was almost a thousand miles away, in Michigan. Then a feeling of dread swept over me -- not because of hearing him call my name, but as if something bad had happened or was going to happen. I have never had a premonition before, so I shook it off, knowing that if anything had happened they would have let me know. My parents were both in perfect health. Even if I had called to check on them I would have found that everything was fine.  But two days later my dad fell ill with a rare systemic strep infection, and five days after that he died. I found out later that that particular infection has a one to two day incubation period. So I believe that some part of his consciousness knew when he first became infected, knew that he was going to die, and tried to communicate that to me. 

So this is really a story about my father's near death experience, not my own.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes     Systemic infection

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    I suppose you could say it was when I heard Dad call my name and experienced a sense of foreboding.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    More consciousness and alertness than normal

If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain:            I suppose you could say it was when I heard Dad call my name and experienced a sense of foreboding.

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  No      

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?            Yes     See #5.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Foreboding.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Uncertain      The symptoms of the infection began two days after I heard Dad call my name.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Uncertain            Felt that something was wrong with Dad, or something bad was going to happen to him.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No      

Did you become aware of future events?       Uncertain              Only a sense that something bad was going to happen.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I told my husband and my mother six days later -- the day before Dad died.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Yes     I have read some books about NDEs, but did not think of relating it to my experience until afterwards.

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was probably real    I understood the urgency of the experience, and wished I had taken it more seriously.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?    I wish I had taken it more seriously and gone to see my dad right away, instead of waiting until he was on life support.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    I believe my dad's spirit was trying to tell me that he was going to die.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Yes     I am more aware that each day could be the last, and try to treat my loved ones with more kindness.

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           
No           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I understand now why people who have premonitions say that they wish they didn't have them.

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes