Sample ADC Experiences from
Hello From Heaven!
Edith, a bereavement counselor in Florida,
enjoyed a special moment with her 65-year-old patient, Howard, who had ALS, also known as
Lou Gehrig's disease:
I was at home when the nurse from hospice called to tell
me Howard was actively dying - a process that can go on for hours. His wife was having a
real difficult time and wanted me to come over and be there with her. I said, "Of
course," and went to change my clothes.
I was in my walk-in closet, when all of a sudden, I
experienced Howard's presence. He was there on my right side. There was a lightness of
being - a joy and a sense of freedom.
It was like I heard in my heart his good-bye and a thank
you for being there for him as I had been. He wasn't there long, probably about thirty
When I stepped out of the closet, I looked at our digital
clock, which said 4:23. I proceeded to get dressed and drove to Howard's house. When I
walked in, they told me he had passed on at 4:23.
Lois, a homemaker in Nebraska, was fortunate
to hear from her husband, Ray, after he died unexpectedly of a stroke at age 33:
On the morning after Ray died, I heard his voice say,
"I forgot to bank that money! It's in my coat pocket. You better get it and put it in
your purse now." It sounded like he was standing behind my right shoulder.
I went and looked in his coat pocket, and there was the
money! It was three hundred and some dollars cash! That came in very handy right then.
We had sold my station wagon the afternoon before he
died. Ray had put the money in his pocket and was going to deposit it. But I didn't know
he hadn't gone to the bank yet.
Sarah is a dental hygienist in Colorado. She
and her family experienced a heartwarming reunion soon after her 24-year-old son, Andrew,
was killed in a motorcycle accident:
I was standing in our kitchen before Andrew's memorial
service. Kyle, our other son, came over and put his arm around me. Then my husband, Doug,
came over to us, and we opened into a three-way hug.
As we stood there silently with tears rolling down, we
felt a light pressure, a light caress on our shoulders. In my heart I knew it was Andrew -
and Doug and Kyle did too. We all felt the warmth of his embrace and his love. And
mentally I heard Andrew say "Hey, guys, it's okay."
This lasted no more than thirty seconds, and then the
warmth and the pressure were gone. But Andrew's hug had made us a complete family one last
Tara is a 39-year-old artist and designer in
Rhode Island. Her cousin, Larry, fulfilled his promise after he died of cancer.
My cousin, Larry, and I grew up together, and we knew
each other all our lives. We made an agreement that, if we could, whoever died first would
communicate back to the other. We didn't know how we would do it - except we would,
Three days after he died, I went into my bedroom. All of
a sudden, I felt Larry's presence! Then the room filled up with the scent of English
Leather, which was his favorite cologne - that's all he ever used. I don't have any
perfumes because I have allergies, and my husband doesn't wear any cologne.
I said, "Oh, my God, it's Larry!" So many
emotions were going on inside me at once. Larry was keeping his pact! I knew he was
telling me there is something after death.
Then the scent and the feeling of his presence were
completely gone. But I knew he had been there. And I realized, "We did it! He
contacted me! We really did it!"
Molly is a legal stenographer in Missouri.
She was delighted when she saw her grandmother, who had died of old age at 87:
My grandmother and I were extremely close - I lived a
good part of my life with her. She was crippled from the time she was in her early
twenties, so I never really saw her standing straight.
The second night after her death, I was in bed but I was
not asleep. My eyes were wide open, and I saw her! She was standing up straight and looked
to be about thirty or thirty-five years old. She was solid and lifelike, just like a
living human being.
Her hair was cut short, and it was real curly all around
her face. She had this sweet smile. She didn't say anything, but I got the idea that she
was showing me, "See, now I'm standing straight!"
She was wearing an older style dress with an unusual
pattern - a white background with a red stripe - that I didn't recall ever having seen
before. All she did was stand there and smile. I got out of bed and turned on the lights,
but she was gone.
I told my aunt about it the next morning. I described my
grandmother's dress to her, and she took me to the basement and pulled out some old
trunks. She found a quilt my grandmother had made. And there was the same material, that
had a white background with a red stripe, sewn into the quilt!