Nan knows best: Visit from a loved one

Nan knows best Sarah Ed­wards, 46, Guild­ford

Chat It's Fate - - Contents -

When my nan was ill with lung can­cer, I didn’t re­ally know what was hap­pen­ing. I was a small child. I re­mem­ber vis­it­ing her and she was in bed all the time.

Nan and I were very close and the morn­ing she died, I woke up and I just knew that she was go­ing to die – it was as if she’d sent me a mes­sage.

I was com­pletely de­ter­mined not to go to school that day be­cause I knew what was go­ing to hap­pen to my Nan. I was six years old.

I re­mem­ber my mum push­ing me out of the door and telling me not to be so daft. I still re­call sit­ting on the front step and miss­ing my lift to school.


When Mum opened the front door and found me, she re­lented and let me stay off school for the day. I just wanted some­one, par­tic­u­larly my mum, to be­lieve what I was say­ing. An hour af­ter find­ing me on the step, my mum re­ceived a phone call from her sis­ter, my Aunt Phyl­lis, say­ing that my 69-yearold nan had just passed away. What’s more, one of mum’s other sis­ters, my Aunt Kath, had ex­pe­ri­enced her own visit from Nan.

The night be­fore she died, Nan had vis­ited Aunt Kath in her sleep. Nan told her not to worry, said that she was go­ing to die and that she wasn’t to be scared.


I think most peo­ple feel un­com­fort­able talk­ing about this type of ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause they don’t un­der­stand it. But I’m so glad that Nan com­mu­ni­cated with me be­cause we were so close, it made it all OK.

Ever since my child­hood ex­pe­ri­ence, I’ve had no doubt that there’s life af­ter death. When peo­ple talk about ghosts and the af­ter­life, I know it’s real – all thanks to my nan.

I knew Nan was go­ing to die

Love: Never dies Con­tact: Aunt Kath

So close: Nan and me

De­ter­mined: Small child

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