Halloween Blogfest: Nancy Fraser

Unusual Occurrences!

A number of years ago, I attended a presentation by a touch healer. The woman was speaking to our local writer’s group on the power of suggestion and faith as it related to healing the sick. She asked how many of us believed in a power beyond reality – not necessarily a religious belief but more of a spiritual one. Nearly all of us raised our hands.

We were discussing “unusual occurrences” and someone mentioned that just before he died, their father had told them he’d spent many nights talking to his wife and preparing himself for heaven. Everyone had dismissed it as senility because his wife had been dead for nearly five years. Yet, he’d been adamant in his belief right up until he passed away.

I raised my hand next and mentioned that my mother, who was nearly 90 at the time, had been seeing a kitten in her home even though she didn’t own a cat. However, she insisted that there was a small calico kitten in the hallway leading to her bedroom and from where she’d sit watching television, she could see him coming down the hall toward her. Each time she talked about the kitten, he was getting closer and closer to the living room. The guest speaker said it was widely documented that people on the cusp of passing away would often claim to see deceased family members or animals that nobody else could see. According to reports, the longer the loved one talked, or the closer the animal got, the sooner the passing. I left the meeting a little shaken and somewhat concerned but within a couple of days had forgotten the entire incident.

Then, one Tuesday a month or so later my mother called and asked me to come over to fix her hair for her, trim it, color it, because she had a doctor’s appointment on Thursday. My cousins and I always teased her, telling her “nobody believes your hair is still brown”. Yet, it made her feel better about herself so I always did as she asked. When I was done with her hair, I made supper for her, did the dishes, and went back to my own home.

I called her that evening and asked what she was doing and if she’d remembered to take the curlers out of the back of her hair. She said, “yes”, and she was watching the hockey game. And … the kitten was sitting in her lap. My heart nearly stopped. I asked if she’d like me to come back and spend the night and she said, “no, we’ll talk tomorrow” and we hung up.

The next day, I called her on my lunch hour and there was no answer. I tried again a bit later and still nothing. I called my cousin who lived next door and asked him to check on her. Sure enough, she’d passed away in her sleep sometime during the night. The coroner who attended the scene estimated the time of death at approximately three in the morning. He said she’d had a heart attack, likely hadn’t even woken up, and had passed away peacefully.

Before I left work to rush to her house, I called my son but got no answer. Once I’d reached my mother’s home and attended to the immediate business at hand, I called my son again. When he answered, I asked where he’d been and he told me he’d spent the night at a friend’s house. The friend’s small calico cat had died in the wee hours of the morning and my son hadn’t wanted to leave his grieving friend alone.

The kitten story made the rounds over the next few days through visitation and the funeral, sending goose bumps up and down more than one person’s arms. It wasn’t until a week or so later that I found out that my mother hadn’t had a doctor’s appointment that Thursday after all. When I look back at her last few hours, I now believe she knew she was going to die and had no intention of going to her grave with gray hair!

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About the Author:Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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  1. I love that story, Nancy. I do believe some people have a strong premonition when the end is near.

  2. Yikes…definitely makes you think!

  3. Nice story

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  4. Thank you, bn100. God luck in the draw.


  5. That was a wonderful story! It must have been nice to spend that time with her and I bet she really enjoyed it. 🙂
    Though, I am sorry that your mother has passed.
    My grandmother recently passed away and beforehand kept telling my uncles that my grandfather was there with her most of the time. He had passed away about 4 years ago. They thought it was just her way of saying that she missed him, but I believed that he was there to support her.
    Thank you for sharing that story, Nancy.
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  6. Barbara Elness says:

    Wow, that was a very interesting story. I’ve never had anything like that happen to me or anyone I know, but I think there are definitely things that happen all that time that can’t be explained.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  7. Oh yeah … goose bumps!!!

    The day after one of my favorite aunts died (and before we knew she had passed), my mom called to tell me that she’d dreamed of my father (also gone). He told her to tell me that Aunt Julia was fine and not to worry about her. Later that day I got the call from a cousin about her passing. But, I really already knew…

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  8. Thanks to everyone who posted. I will be drawing the winner at 3pm today (Saturday) and will notify the winner by email.

  9. Congratulations to Tina B … winner of the draw for a copy of The Lawman’s Agreement. Please check your email.

    Thanks to everyone for posting.


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