Questions About Spirits of the Dead
Have you experienced a visitation from the spirits of the dead or visited the spirit world in a dream? Here I have posted some of the questions and answers from my various news columns and in particular questions about spirits of the dead. You can now read these stories in my NEW book: REAL GHOST STORIES . In these short stories the dead have appeared in various guises. You are welcome to post your comments at the bottom of the page or describe your own experiences of the spirits of the dead.
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SPIRITS PASSING OVER THE MACE
At the time I was employed by a local Borough Council and one of my duties was to act as deputy to the Mace Bearer (Sergeant-at-Mace) which, among other things, involves escorting the Lord Mayor to the Civic functions.
I remember my friend the Mace Bearer taking me aside and saying “One day there’ll be a nice pair of shoes for you to step into”. Presumably he meant that I’d be his successor.
Eight months later I dreamed that my telephone was ringing. I answered it and across a hissing line heard a faint and distant voice. “It’s all yours now, Mike.” I knew it was my friend the Mace Bearer and I tried to question him but only heard a sound akin to ‘white noise’
I was awoken in the morning by my front door bell. It was another colleague who had been sent from the Council offices. He had come to inform me that the Mace Bearer had passed away the night before! – Michael C – Sergeant-at-Mace
Your friend and predecessor obviously loved his job and wanted you to inherit his place. One of his last earthly duties was to tell you of the job vacancy. I believe that many traditions are continued in the spirit world. For example, I have myself often given mediumistic messages from spirit people who, as proof of their identity, have shown themselves dressed in full Masonic regalia. I presume that if Freemasonry continues in the Afterlife then so does the tradition of the Mace Bearing.
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A SPIRIT STORY
I was devastated when my father died of a heart attack in 1988. It was as if my life went on hold and it took me a long time to resolve my grief. But something happened that lifted my spirits and gave me the strength to go on.
I was sat with my boyfriend watching television when I glanced up at the painting of a hunt scene that Dad had bought me sometime ago. It’s almost impossible to describe what happened next but the painting came alive and I was transported inside it.
Ahead of me I could see a path that led to a garden shed. Sat outside of this was my father. He was dressed in his best suit, his shoes shone like fire and his hair was immaculate. He looked in perfect health.
As I ran towards him I was aware that we were surrounded by a beautiful garden. “Don’t worry about me” I heard him whisper as I drew close.
I was about to step over a little garden trellis to where he stood but he stopped me. As he did this I ‘awoke’ and was back sat on the sofa in front of the picture. For me this ‘vision’ was the turning point and I could now start living my life again. – Miss Angela P
Your father communicated to you through a waking dream. I find these stories of pictures that come alive intriguing. One of the most remarkable was sent to me by two identical twin sisters from Scotland. Their ‘dead’ mother communicated to them in the same way as your father did except they were drawn into the picture together and described an identical vision.
MUM BREAKS THE NEWS
When my husband was in the army he had an affair. He admitted this to me and that there was a pregnancy that we were told came to nothing. Thirty years later I started ‘seeing’ my mother’s ghost. She seemed to be trying to tell me something. I became so concerned that I even went to her grave and asked “What’s the matter mum? What are you trying to tell me?”
Shortly after these spirit visits we received a shocking phone call. My husband had a daughter who was now thirty years old! I know that mum will come again if I need her. Without her warning the shock would have been far worse. –
Mrs Edith T
Clearly your mother’s spirit was trying to prepare you for the unexpected news. Your marriage survived your husband’s unfaithfulness from so long ago. You are a loyal and tolerant woman. May your daughter-in-law bring you unexpected happiness.
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NERVOUS SPIRIT PROJECTION SAYS CHEERIO
What happened to me on a Sunday 18 months ago has so impressed me that the experience feels as if it has only just happened yesterday. The television was on but as it was a repeat so I decided to read. Then I head the distinctive voice of my brother-in-law “It’s all right” I heard him say.
I looked up and stood about 6 ft away was what I can only describe as a projection of him. He wore a green checked shirt and brown trousers. He looked a little nervous and was wringing his hands. He spoke again “I’ve come round to say cheerio now it’s my turn to go” And then he just disappeared into thin air.
Although I had heard that he had gone into hospital I had no idea that he was so seriously ill. I had my ‘vision’ of him at 7.43 p.m. My brother-in-law had died only moments ago at 7.30. In addition, my son, who I hadn’t spoken too, saw the spirit at his house at 2 p.m. Again my brother-in-law was wringing his hands.
At the time I was relaxed and of course sober. My astonishing experience was as real as day. I would be ready to take a lie detector test to prove that what I saw was absolutely real. – Mr Charles A
I’m sure that you’re telling the truth. Most of the reports of spirit sightings come when near to, a death. You can hardly believe how real it is when the spirit world are able to manifest directly to you. You must find it very reassuring to have such convincing proof that your brother-in-law’s spirit has survived bodily death.
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MY DEAD SISTER’ SPIRIT SAVED MY DAUGHTER’S LIFE.
My daughter looked quite shaken when she arrived at my house. She explained that, as she drove, she saw in her mirror someone sat on the back seat of the car. She stepped on the brake and turned around to see the spirit of her aunt smiling at her. It then vanished as quickly as it appeared. When she drove on she came upon a dreadful road accident. If she’d been seconds earlier then the accident would have happened to her own vehicle.
To this day my daughter believes that her dead aunt saved her life. – Gladys W
It is the power of love that fuels the spiritual communication between the worlds. I am aware that your sister loved her niece very much. I’m sure that she’s right. Her life was saved by the dead.
DO GHOSTS HAVE ANSWER MACHINES?
For days before the funeral I was torn between whether to go or not and felt terribly upset. There I was wondering what to do when I heard this lovely soft voice say “Sorry we are not in at the moment , due to the funeral, but if you would like to join the entourage at the crematorium you will be most welcome. Thanks for calling.”
I could not believe what was happening but it was definitely his voice I heard with its soft accent. He used to joke a lot and used to get cross with me if I didn’t leave a message on his answer machine. It was a standing joke between us. Do you think that this was his way of making a very personal message to me or is it just my imagination? – Edith B.
Mediums are often accused of relaying messages that are both trivial and meaningless. Critics would, no doubt, class a message about an answer machine in this category. However, for you it was a very poignant and message that only your loved one and yourself would know.
You do not tell us whether the voice that you heard was inside your head or disembodied. Nonetheless it would be fair to assume that your humorous partner would like to reassure you that it was all right to attend the funeral in a way most fitting to his character.
SPIRITS OF THE DEAD AND TEA FOR TWO
I keep having vivid dreams of the dead. The most unusual one concerned my deceased father-in-law. He was laughing and said that he’d come for a free cup of tea and handed me a distinctive red and black tin. I awoke with streams of happy tears running down my face.
Later I told my mother about the dream. She rummaged at the back of the cupboard beneath the sink and produced a red and black tin that was same in patterning to the one shown me in my dream. – Dawn B
Obviously your father-in-law had a good sense of humor. He reached you through your subconscious mind in your dream and gave you and your mother excellent proof of his survival.
WE BOTH HEARD MY MOTHER’S CALL FROM SPIRITS OF THE DEAD
A week after my mother died my sister and I were clearing out our mother’s things. I went to cut out the obituary from the paper thinking that my son would like to keep it. Then we both heard mother’s voice call out my name!! We were totally shocked. Do you think mother was trying to tell us not to send the clipping? – M Mac D
Your mother just wanted to let you all know that she was alright. The obituary clipping is a proof of her death but for you both to hear her spirit voice is a proof of her new life. Tell your son about what you heard.
DEAD SPIRIT’S SOUVENIR RETURNS
My sister always likes to buy a little souvenir when she goes on holiday or visits somewhere special. When she went on holiday with her Aunt Ethel she bought a edelweiss brooch but on her return home somehow lost it. Years later there was a crash in the kitchen and my sister went to find out what had fallen. In the middle of the floor was the edelweiss broach that she lost so many years ago. As she picked it up and remembered her holiday with Ethel the telephone rang. Her daughter answered it. ‘Mum’ she called out ‘That call was to let you know that Auntie Ethel died half an hour ago.’ – Mr Len B
Sometimes when a group of mediums sit in a séance together the psychic power can become so intense that objects will materialize from nowhere. The sitters at the séances of the famous medium Mrs Guppy used to witness objects appear nearly every time they met. On one winter’s evening a sunflower plant, roots and all, fell from the ceiling. Whether paranormal powers materialized the brooch or not is not as important as the remarkable timing of the event.
I’M NO LONGER A SKEPTIC.
I was always very skeptical about psychic powers , and especially mediums. On the 8th June this year I visited the Spiritualist Church for the very first time. The visiting medium gave me a perfect description of my dearest friend who had died together with his age and the exact date of his death. All I can say to those who don’t want to believe in the spirit world is, go to a medium with an open mind and listen. I came out a changed man. – Patrick J L
I’m glad that you met a first class medium and got a clear message straight away.
PLEASE FORGIVE ME
Soon after my husband died I found proof that he had an affair. It left me emotionally tormented. I went into town for the day to take my mind off things but just wandered aimlessly and by the time I got home I was very upset and my spirits were very low indeed. When I went into the bedroom there I saw my husband’s photograph laid face down in the middle of the room. The frame was very sturdy and there was no way it could have fallen the way it did. – Edith W.
You have conflicting feeling of grief and anger towards your departed husband that must be emotionally draining. If he moved the photo then he must be trying to seek your forgiveness.
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DEAD SPIRIT’S FALSE TEETH PROVE LIFE AFTER DEATH
Sometimes it seems as if my spirit leaves my body and this happens I see people I have known who have passed away. On one occasion I saw my mother. She was pointing at her top teeth. I checked with Dad and he said that mother had died with only the top set of her false teeth in. I feel that I can’t get on with my life until I have coped with their deaths. – Carol D
Mother proved that it was really her by telling you something that you could check. Now you know that she is OK she would want you to get on with life and let go of the past.
TUNED IN TO THE BLITZ
During the WW2 my work as a medium was in great demand. As well as helping the bereaved I used to sit every night and attune myself to help the dying servicemen enter the afterlife. I had spirit communications from troops, the French resistance and in particular recall the many spirit communications that happened on the night Coventry was blitzed.
One of the most interesting pieces of proof we had concerned my husband’s dream. He saw himself on board a plane with his young friend. In the dream he realized that the plane had been hit by enemy fire and that the crew were about to die. Some days later we received news that the plane had been hit at the time of the dream and that my husband’s friend had died. – Mrs Jenny G
Dreams are a rich source of psychic experience and are a time when our Extra Sensory Perceptions (ESP) are awake. The world wars were times when many people like yourself engaged in regular communication with the afterlife even air marshal Lord Dowding was a keen Spiritualist.
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DEAD FRIEND REVEALS POOLS WIN
When my very dear friend died I was able to tell the doctors the exact moment of his death. And after he’d gone it was as if his spirit had never left me. Throughout life we had shared the same likes and dislikes and even spoke the same thoughts at the same moment. We were as close as twin brothers.
My friend had left me his possessions and it was my job to sort through everything and dispose of any rubbish. I wanted to get the trauma over with as soon as possible so gathered all the letters and papers together into a pile ready to throw out.
But a clear voice interrupted my work. “Alf- you know I don’t want it done that way. Sort through everything before you throw things away.”
The voice was so insistent that I dare not disobey. And it’s just as well I listened to the phantom voice. Among the paperwork was the records of a fairly substantial pools win that my friend had kept secret.
But better than the money is the certain knowledge that my beloved friend is close. – Alf W
One of the things skeptics say to psychics is “Okay, if you’re so psychic, how come you don’t predict the pools or lottery numbers for yourself?’ Next time they sneer, I think I’ll quote your little story of how your dead friend help you hit the jackpot.
PSYCHIC DISCOVERY NETS £2000 CASH
A few days after Dad died I went to his house to begin sorting out some of his things. Perhaps it was Dad’s spirit influencing me but for some inexplicable reason I felt drawn to the heavy wardrobe in the bedroom. I just had to look underneath it.
How I found the strength to move it I just don’t know. Beneath one of the legs I could feel a loose floorboard beneath the lino. I lifted the corner of the plank and pulled out a small package. Inside was £2,000 in £20 pound notes!
I had absolutely no prior knowledge that would have made me want to move the wardrobe so I’m sure that it was Dad who led me to my inheritance. – Mrs Joyce S-
It’s lucky that you were psychic enough to ‘hear’ the message from your father or a considerable amount of money would have gone to waste. I’m sure that it was Dad’s spirit that helped you make the discovery.
THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT
I recently visited my father’s grave in the late afternoon. It was getting late as I left and the cemetery supervisor unlocked the gates for me. “Where’s the old gentleman in the white raincoat?” he asked
Puzzled I asked him what he meant. “The one with a limp who walked beside you as you just came down this path.” Nobody else appeared and he locked the gates behind me, unaware that he had perfectly described my late father! – Mervyn S
The clairvoyant cemetery supervisor unknowingly gave you the reassurance of knowing that Dad is with you when you visit his grave.
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