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Granddad's Mother Was Waiting for Him


This isn't an experience of my own but of my Grandfather... My Granddad on my mother's side passed away a couple of years back. He was just about to turn 81 when he died and was quite a religious man. His health wasn't good for the past few years of his life and he was in and out of hospital regularly with chest infections. He was not in anyway senile though... He became quite tired and didn't chat so much towards the end but he still had his wits about him. He used to tease me about my hair which was always multi-colored at that point - he would ask me to dye the little hair he had left the same colour.

About a year before he passed away, he told my aunt this story... He was lying in bed, just wakening up as the light came through the windows and he saw his mother standing at the end of the bed. He said she was not the old woman she had been when she died. Instead she was young and dressed how he remembered her when he was a child. She was standing at the end of the bed surrounded by bright light. She told him she was waiting for him but it was not his time yet, but that she would be waiting for him when it was time.

My aunt burst out into tears on hearing this, that side of my family are very religious Irish people, so my aunt of course believed he had saw his mother. He had no reason to lie and I have no reason to think it was 'just old age' or seeing things because he had never mentioned anything like this before and wasn't senile. As I said, he died about a year later. My uncle who he lived with, found him staring intently at the cross on his wall as he took his last breath.

At his wake, his coffin was laid out and people came to mourn and see him. I told my aunt I did not feel like he was gone at all and she said she felt the same. Maybe it just hadn't sunk in that he was gone, but I was later left to look after my young cousin who was about 3 years old and I was trying to keep him entertained when I suddenly felt that someone was watching us from the doorway. I turned round and of course there was no one there. I was a little spooked but felt strongly that it was my granddad watching us. I don't know why but I don't feel like he was lingering around long-term, I felt like he was still with the family until he was buried.

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whitebuffalo (guest)
16 years ago (2007-12-06)
How beautiful, Prettiest. I, too, believe that once a person passes on they get a new and improved (maybe) being. They are in the land of Milk and Honey, why wouldn't they? It is always comforting to hear these stories as it shows that we DO have much to look forward to. So many family members from different families can't be wrong! Thank you.
Prettiest_Girl_in_the_Morgue (2 stories) (15 posts)
16 years ago (2007-11-22)
Hi KimSouth0 I definitely think she was waiting to help him cross over... And since it happened a year before he died, I think it was to comfort him and help not to be afraid... And Mustang, I agree I think they appear as they are when they were happiest. As for the hair dye... Well the last time I ever spoke to my Granda he had a nurse in with him and she jokingly said 'now james what do you think that hair, isn't it terrible' and (although at this point he was barely able to talk) he said, 'just you leave her alone, it really suits her'. Which made me smile... Baring in mind he was 81 years old... :) anyway sorry for going off topic there... Thanks for all the comments
KimSouthO (27 stories) (1960 posts)
16 years ago (2007-11-21)
thnak you for sharing your beautiful story with us. I believe he did see his mother, she was there to prepare him for crossing over, letting him know that she and other loved ones were there waiting for him when the time came.

God Bless! ❤
mustang (5 stories) (749 posts)
16 years ago (2007-11-21)
Hi PGM. I'm sorry for the loss of your Grandfather. I thought that was really cute when he said to dye his hair like yours. =) I wonder if the spirits of people appear to us how we would like them to appear, memories of our best time in life or if the spirits return looking the way they want to appear in their best time of their life. Probably both. I know that my daughter, when she sees her Papa, he looks and dresses like he did before he got sick with cancer. I think that it is very comforting to know that the spirits of our loved ones come to us and let us know that they are there to guide us to where we need to go next. I wonder if this happens to everyone when they die. I think that your Grandfather was hanging around to let you know he is watching over you. Thanks for sharing your story. ~Shelby ❤ 😊
Prettiest_Girl_in_the_Morgue (2 stories) (15 posts)
16 years ago (2007-11-21)
Thanks for all your comments, I wasn't terribly close to my Granda as he lived a good bit away from us but he was a lovely man... I love the thought of passed on loved-ones waiting for us when it's our time to go, I think it's very comforting.
Bellisima that's a lovely story, I'm sorry about your Dad but I hope it was comforting for you to know they were together, thanks x
Bellissima (12 stories) (792 posts)
16 years ago (2007-11-21)
Hi, Pretty Girl. That was an incredibly touching story. I'm sorry for the loss of your Granddad, he sounds like a real character! My Dad had a similar experience. The night before he died, he saw my Mom,(who'd died years earlier) standing at the window. He knew it was time for him to join her and he died peacefully the next day. There is a lot of emotion when you hear of such beautiful events. Thanks for sharing your very personal story. I really enjoyed it. ❤
Oopsie (2 posts)
16 years ago (2007-11-21)
It seems your grandpa was a very kind person ❤ Like EvilBlack saids, maybe he just wanted to say goodbye. And I think it was very beautiful how his mother appeared before him and saw him as if he still were a little child and told him she would be waiting.
evilblackwidow9 (6 stories) (132 posts)
16 years ago (2007-11-20)
Maybe he just wanted you guys to know that if you need him that he will be there or that he just wanted to say he final goodbyes.

Blessed Be Ye

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