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Has anyone ever noticed the smell of someone that has died?

Discussion in 'Afterlife Evidence' started by annabanana87, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Amore

    Amore Active Member

    Sorry to revive such an old thread but I want to add my experience.
    Last year I received photos of my deceased father whom I had not met in real life, nor had I ever seen photos of him. Instantly I felt that I already know him and had been looking for him all my life. A strong love connection ... my heart was overjoyed! Then, he visited me twice, once in a dream and once in my home. I went into my kitchen one night and just felt him standing there. It was a strong knowing that he's here. With that feeling came a kind of earthy, musky scent, very sensual and appealing. It hung around for a while. I think he was trying to let me know him better since we had not met in our earthly lives, and the scent helped with that.
    He died long ago, in the 70s.
  2. mac

    mac senior member Staff Member

    Often when I'm sitting on the sofa typing about my 'spooks' stuff (spooks as in ghosts-spooks) I get the whiff of cigarette smoke which lasts a few seconds but then disappears. My mother smoked like a chimney in her last years and I wonder if she comes visiting to see what I'm doing.

    I hope that's the reason rather than that she's not quite made it to the place I promised her she'd be after she passed over.... :(
  3. RobertaGrimes

    RobertaGrimes Administrator

    Dear, I think it's not possible for people who haven't completed their transitions to give us signs this way. On the other hand, giving us scent-signs is easy for those who have recently transitioned (it seems to be less common after the first year or two, but not impossible). So I'm sure that she's fine!
  4. mac

    mac senior member Staff Member

    I appreciate your trying to reassure me. It's a subject about which I know nothing. I'd always assumed it might sometimes, at least, be an incidental occurrence rather than necessarily a discarnate visitor deliberately signaling their presence.
  5. RobertaGrimes

    RobertaGrimes Administrator

    Scent-signs have happened to me with two different relatives. When I was in my mid-teens, for a year after my grandmother's death I repeatedly smelled her characteristic scent: it was something like lilies-of-the-valley with a bit of lilacs thrown in. Everywhere. For a year. This was long before I knew anything about anything, but it happened so often and the scent was so strong that it stuck in my mind for decades... until I learned about the post-death scent-sign and immediately realized what that had been. Then, about fifteen years ago, I visited my sister and was setting down my suitcase in the room that had been my recently-deceased brother-in-law's study. He had been a smoker, but he had smoked mostly outdoors and that room hadn't smelled of smoke before his death; but I had such a sudden, overwhelming scent of cigarette smoke that it was as if someone had blown it right in my face. It made me gag. Then I never smelled smoke there again.

    As best I have been able to determine, this is how it happens. It''s unexpected and surprising, and it is not subtle! And apparently it happens in our minds and not in the room. I had come to suspect this was the case, and then someone told me a story of entering her recently-deceased grandmother's house with her husband beside her and having them both smell Grandma's trademark stew cooking. The scent was so strong that they remarked of it to one another. They both were sure they were going to go into the kitchen and see a pot on the stove. But then her husband said, "That's crazy! She's dead!" And he told her that in that instant, the smell disappeared. For her, it continued until they reached the kitchen and saw nothing cooking, whereupon she also could no longer smell it.

    Producing scents in our minds is apparently a pretty easy trick for the newly-dead to learn, but for some reason it usually doesn't happen after the first year or two post-death. Either our loved ones lose touch with that once-familiar scent, or we lose our familiarity with it; or else they move on to do other things. But it seems to be fairly common during that first year or two, and it can happen within days after the death.
  6. mac

    mac senior member Staff Member

    That was interesting, Roberta - thanks for the explanation. It appeals to my reason... ;)
  7. amina89

    amina89 Member

    I feel this smell from time to time when it comes to my grandmother,she died 11 years ago,maternal grandmother gave me her biggest sign 12 years after she passed as well(in a dream) ..she did visit me few months after death and then again 12 years later

    i think they do not forget us,and keep showing sing,but maybe we move on and so they do too,but every now and then they will visit
  8. Club Tropicana

    Club Tropicana New Member

    My mother claims to have reoccurringly smelled the distinct scent of my late great grandmother, I'm not sure if she still experiences this but I know at one point in her life she believes she was.
  9. Ski


    I had a great grandmother die, who I didn't know, and met one time when I was 18. Years later, I was in my living room...and everybody was gone for the day. I smelled this strong smell of perfume of flowers. It was strong, and in one spot. I believe it was her. I don't know why I think it is her, instincts maybe, but I've learned most of the time I'm right about my relatives.
  10. tintoela

    tintoela New Member

    I often smell particular smells that I associate with certain people who have passed.

    I think Roberta is right in that it is an easier sign for them to convey but I also think it is an easier sign for us to receive. We all have different levels of ability to recognise signs or contact from our loved ones. A sudden strong smell is harder to dismiss and I feel that when I have those moments, it's to catch my attention. Hope that makes sense.
  11. Cassie

    Cassie New Member

    I hope this is appropriate here - these accounts of scents remind me of something that happened to me several years ago. I was at my sisters house and her friend Mary, who is a healer, had arranged to give me a healing session. As there were several guests at the house we chose to do this in my bedroom and I went upstairs to make sure it was tidy! On entering there was an overwhelming smell of strong earthy tobacco. No-one in the house was smoking and the smell wasn't coming from outside, it was confined to my room. I left the window open to clear the air, but the smell persisted. My sister brought Mary up to my room and I said "I'm sorry, there's a strong smell in here!" My sister could smell it too. Then we noticed that Mary was grinning and looking sort of responsible. She told us that this often happens to her and the smell is due to her Native American guides - the smell of the peace pipe. After the most amazing healing session I've ever had the privilege to receive, the smell gradually dispersed. I did smell it twice again on very stressful occasions when others smelt it too.
  12. Bill Z

    Bill Z Active Member

    I do smell my fiance's perfume sometimes but She doesn't often communicate that way but I had a very interesting experience involving smell many years ago. I remember a past life as a confederate soldier in the civil war. I was shot in the chest and thrown off my horse and died. I have no empirical evidence of this just dreams, thoughts and impressions so maybe I'm out to lunch on this.
    Several years after I "remembered" that past life I was in a Reiki training seminar and lying on a table while one of trainers was working on me. He said there was a terrible stench coming from my chest. A little bit embarrassing to hear that. He said it was sulphur and my chest was open. I asked if it could be gunpowder and "remembered" the whole scenario of my death.
  13. pandora97

    pandora97 Active Member

    That's amazing Bill!
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  14. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    So you mean the smell of a dead person but not a dead body.... o_O
  15. Ruby

    Ruby New Member

    In February, after I looked at a tribute page to my son on a website, the air was filled with a lovely, very strong perfume, just after I closed down my tablet. It didn't last long and I couldn't find a source for it. That night my son appeared beside the bed, all 6ft 5in of him. No face, thankful for that! We joked that it was just like him; scaring his mum on a stormy night. Only in the morning did I link it to looking at this website, as a couple of months before when I looked at it something else happened: he shouted "mum!" at me! Both times it was just as if he was really there. I would like to believe it was really him, but I can't rule out me having hallucinations. Although why would that happen, only one time each: aural and visual, and never again (so far) when I'm completely sane?! It's always on my mind that the last time I saw or heard from him was not at the hospice, but here at home. My son never came home as the doctor appeared at the door one evening two years ago with the results of a blood test and said to take him to hospital when he got home from work. He died five weeks later of a rare cancer. He got married at the hospice, lots of friends visited day and night, but the one wish he didn't fulfil was to see his home again. Maybe he did though?!
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  16. Kurt

    Kurt Active Member

    I'm glad to know you still see him and
    I hope he did see his home again. Hopefully you guys continue to communicate.
  17. Ruby

    Ruby New Member

    Aw thanks so much Kurt. He liked being in the mosh pit too.
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