Reader Submission: Last Call

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“I still remember this like it was yesterday. My father passed away in 2000. I was devastated, of course, although we had not been close at all. We’d been trying to mend our relationship the year or so before his death. I cried all day when I learned he had died. He’d lived alone and overdosed on prescription medication. His neighbors found him three days later.

The news of his death ripped me apart on the inside. I kept asking myself, ‘Why didn’t I try harder to mend our relationship?’, ‘Was I not a good enough daughter?’, ‘Why did he abandon me emotionally?’. The day after I learned he’d passed, I struggled to pull myself together. My husband had to go to work that day, and my two children needed me to be there for them. When he died, my children were three and five. So still very much anguished, I crawled into the reclining chair with my five-year-old daughter Sarah while my son Ethan played nearby.

I was holding her close and telling my children how much I loved them when the phone rang. I was in no state of mind to take a call, so I asked Sarah to answer, which she happily did. Upon picking up the receiver (no cell phone in those days), she immediately looked puzzled and looked over at me. I asked her who was on the phone as I was in no mood for sales calls. She said that the man on the other end of the phone was named Joe. That was my fathers name!

I didn’t make the connection at the time that it was him calling, so I just ordered her to hang up. After a few seconds, I realized what had happened. First, let’s be clear, I knew no other Joe who would be calling me. And second, if someone named Joe had been calling for a real reason, wouldn’t he have called back after being hung up on? I have had many other experiences in my life with the paranormal, however, this one hit home.”

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Reader Submission: Hello from the Other Side

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“My father passed away of cancer when I was 15 years old. He had been sick for a long time, going through periods of getting better and then worse again. He was an engineer and a tech geek, and had installed an internal phone network in our three-story house – each of the rooms had a telephone, and we could call each other as well as make outside calls. The internal and external ring tones were different.

Two or three months after my dad passed away, I was home alone doing laundry. The clothes dryer was in our basement, right by my dad’s old room, or man cave. As I was standing there, the phone in his room started ringing with the ringtone for internal calls. I didn’t feel threatened in any way, just surprised, so I walked over and picked up. There was nobody on the line, just silence. When I went upstairs, I saw that the handheld telephone on the first floor was picked up.

When my mom came home, I told her about what had happened. She looked at me and said ‘Oh no, don’t tell me it happened again!’ She then told me that the same thing had happened to her a few weeks prior.

I never heard anything again, but I’m certain it was my dad. The phone had some significance, because on the day he passed away, phone records show he had tried calling my mom over and over from the hospital but could not get through to her for some reason. By the time the hospital called, he had lost consciousness, so she never got to talk to him again. I like to believe that he was trying to tell us that was okay, especially since I never felt threatened in any way.

This happened almost 15 years ago, but it has certainly shaped the way I see the world. I had never been a spiritual person, but now I understand that there are things beyond my understanding.”

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