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Personal Account : The Gift

I feel that I have been given a glimpse of what was ‘beyond’

Many years ago, my mother-in-law passed away after a fight against cancer. She lived with us so I nursed her through her illness.

After she had died, I went into her room and sat quietly in her chair to just reflect and to remember her. It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of fair weather clouds passing over the sun. So, one minute it would be bright and then the sun would be covered and the light levels would drop.

As I sat, I suddenly smelt the fragrance of my mother-in-law’s hand cream. The sun came out from behind a cloud and sunlight flooded the room, then the light just kept getting brighter. It became so bright that I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t hear anything and I was unaware of my surroundings. I wasn’t aware that I was sitting in a chair in a room. There was just this brightness and an intense sense of joy overwhelmed me.

I had never experienced anything like it before and nothing like it since. I feel that I have been given a glimpse of what was ‘beyond’ and it is indescribably wonderful. I feel it was a gift. I am not sure if it was to thank me for holding her hand while we battled the cancer or if it is to take away the fear of death or to support me in life and the things to come. But it was a beautiful gift that I treasure. It still overwhelms me to remember it even after so many years have passed.

Elise

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