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#1 Morning_Glory_

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 05:58 AM

As many of you know my son's grandmother passed away Dec 15th.

She was a decent person with a good heart but she had some very poor hygene habits.  She heated with kerosene, smoked and had 18 cats.  Her home and her body always had a funk about them so I pretty much avoided going to visit her as much as possible as that funk always made me gag.

Last night I woke up and saw that the clock said 12:22 and that funky smell was very strong coming from beside my bed.  I have no doubt that Brenda was there, maybe trying to make contact and thats all she could manage was to give me that memory of her smell.   I was gagging and after five minutes told her that I knew she was there and she's welcome to visit, but would she mind finding a more pleasent scent to let herself be known to me?

After I said that the scent faded and I was able to go back to sleep.

My question is - if the ghost/spirit wants to make itself known to you and you always associated that person with bad odors - can they change their scent to something much more favorable and would you realize it was that same person if they changed the scent?

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 06:27 AM

I wonder if they have control over that? It may be that their "smell" in life is the same in death by default
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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:15 AM

I think it'd be preferable to have that same smell associated with her presence, that way you'd know when it's her visiting and when it's someone else. I mean if all spirits smelled like roses, we'd not be able to tell them apart unless we were psychic. Surely the stench isn't as overpowering as it was in life?

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:36 AM

being a non-smoker, non pet owner - even a mild scent of these can be strong.  Esp when its waking me up.  She hasn't been gone that long, I'm hoping its a matter of her trying to get the hang of how to visit us so that we know its her.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 09:16 AM

I too have often woundered if they could control that aspect of their being

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 09:27 AM

QUOTE(Morning_Glory_ @ Dec 26 2007, 09:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
being a non-smoker, non pet owner - even a mild scent of these can be strong.  Esp when its waking me up.  She hasn't been gone that long, I'm hoping its a matter of her trying to get the hang of how to visit us so that we know its her.


I'd think it more likely that they can control the intensity of the odour rather than what it is specifically. In this case, yes I'd agree she's more than likely trying to get the hang of how to let you know it's her. Just be patient. Maybe even let her know how you feel about the odour? I don't think you can offend her now...

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 09:37 AM

I did, I told her I knew that she was there and it was okay, but if she could, could she give me something different - like bubble bath or honeysuckle? (her favorite flower).  I'll let you know if that changes.

When my mom first passed I got the scent of laundry detergent quite a bit -Tide.  It was her favorite laundry soap, she'd used it for years.  I'd smell Tide all over the place, I could be soaking in a bubble bath and the smell of Tide would come drifting in thru the window.  Mom's been gone several years now and I don't get scents with her as much these days, I can usually pick up that she's around without it.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE(Morning_Glory_ @ Dec 26 2007, 09:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I did, I told her I knew that she was there and it was okay, but if she could, could she give me something different - like bubble bath or honeysuckle? (her favorite flower).  I'll let you know if that changes.

When my mom first passed I got the scent of laundry detergent quite a bit -Tide.  It was her favorite laundry soap, she'd used it for years.  I'd smell Tide all over the place, I could be soaking in a bubble bath and the smell of Tide would come drifting in thru the window.  Mom's been gone several years now and I don't get scents with her as much these days, I can usually pick up that she's around without it.


what a touching image

some angels are smelly i guess (edit: urk!! i meant your aunt - NOT your mom)

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try burning a honeysuckle scented candle before you sleep - and leave a picture book of cats open near it - she might be drawn to the book and begin absorbing the scent

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Edited by Aslan, 26 December 2007 - 09:48 AM.

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 10:06 AM

My Daddy smoked a pipe. I have had that scent in my home. No one I know smokes a pipe. It is Daddy.

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 10:26 PM

Right after my brother died (like the first 24-48 hours), we could smell his cologne wafting throughout my grandmother's house (where he was living at the time he passed away). He wore Nautica cologne and it was a very distinct smell. His father and step-mother also claimed to smell his cologne at their house as well in the days after his death.
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 11:21 PM

You know, my father smoked Old Gold cigarettes (anyone who knows anything about cigarettes knows that Old Golds have a very distinct odor about them that could ONLY be Old Golds).  Every so often he'll "spark up" around the house... though he's been doing it less and less often because it inevitably causes an argument between hubby and me that goes something like:

Him:  "Why the heck were you smoking in the office?  You know it stinks up the house!"
Me:  "The last time I had a cigarette in the house was about a year ago and that was in the bathroom!"
Him:  "Look!  There are even ashes in the keyboard!" (or on the desk or wherever Dad chose to flick them).
Me:  "I'm not dumb enough to smoke and flick ashes in the keyboard!!!  Are you crazy?  It must have been Dad again!"
Him:  "Just make sure it doesn't happen again" *giant fake hacking cough* "You know it makes me sick!"

Once when he was "haunting" me he farted in my face when I was in the hot tub.  That was not quite as pleasant an odor as the Old Golds (I kinda like the smell and will buy a pack every so often even though they're TERRIBLE just so I can smell Dad)... but it was a DIFFERENT odor...

I'll also smell coffee in the car every so often when I'm going out of town.  When I was a kid my father always had a thermos of hot coffee with him when we traveled... and I like to think it's him pouring himself a cup while he copilots.

I think she probably made that smell because it couldn't have been anyone BUT her... and it means she's out of orientation so she'll be around now... I kind of think she won't be using it anymore since it is gagworthy (I think it's my overactive imagination but I can almost smell it and am a little queasy now).  Have you given kiddo that ginormous hug I told him to ask you for yet?

Edited by Tantric Kitten, 27 December 2007 - 11:24 PM.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:46 AM

thanks TK, hopefully your right. I haven't smelled that ordor since that night. Of course Chris is home now and it seems like when I get visits he's either in a very deep sleep or not at home.  (I don't even know why that is, but its like whatever attracts visitors to me they don't come around or I don't notice them when he's home).

I did give him a big hug and he's doing better.  Ex has been talking to him quite a bit too which I think is helping both of them.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 03:16 PM

Son told me today that the other night he was smelling cat urine - we don't have any pets.  He said it woke him up, so I think she's letting us know she's around us.

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 12:34 PM

When my husbands Granny was alive and we'd go to her home for a weekend visit (she lived in another state)she would fix us breakfast in the mornings big ole breakfasts, biscuits gravy, bacon sausage etc. My  oldest daughter (now grown ) says every so often when she wakes in morning at her own  home she can smell Granny cooking breakfast. very strange but we feel like its probably Granny. smile.gif

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 03:20 PM

It would seem impossible that a ghost would carry an odour, but I've experienced it a couple of times myself.  I can't figure out how energy can hold aroma.  I just know that from what I've experienced, it does.

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 02:59 PM

Hey MG,
I was sitting here reading this and was wondering if you could ask her to present you with a more pleasurable smell.  
But, it looks like you've already done that.  Why don't you tell her the other smells make you sick and could she please find another one that you might recognize?  Maybe let her pick the smell if they can do that.

When I think my Nana comes for a visit I smell cooking fragrances.  Like someone's been in my kitchen cooking blueberry pancakes or something.  I have smelled the fresh scent of blue berry.

It's good to hear that she's coming back to visit you though maybe you can think of more of a pleasurable way for her to hang around though.
Did she like to cook? Or anything?  Maybe you could ask her to show herself in her favorite cooking scent.
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:42 PM

If you can recognize her vibration you wont need the scent but that smell is what you associate with her. I sometimes smell my great grandmother by the smell of the perfume I wore to her funeral or the smell of the flowers from her funeral. But usually its her vibration only and I just know its her and not one of my other family members. Maybe if you suggest a scent that you will hold just for her?

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 09:16 PM

I've read before about different experiences people have had in the presence of spirits.  Some people 'feel' them.  Some may hear them, and some may see them or be shown something that draws them to a specific memory for that person when they were alive.  Others, I've learned, smell them.  It's apparently not too uncommon.

When I was little, I used to stay the night with my Gma sometimes.  She would try to teach me that it's important for a young lady to keep her skin clean and healthy, and proceed with the lotion and 'smelly stuff'!  I even remember her saying that I should "learn to do this now, and you will just do it automatically as you get older so your skin will always look beautiful"... Of course, since I was a tomboy when I was young, it just irritated me! laugh.gif

There are random times that I smell that specific combination of lotion and body splash, and know it's my gma.


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Posted 05 January 2008 - 08:26 AM

I refurbished an old farm house.  The husband and wife that owned the home before me died here.  The wife was famous in our community for her cooking.  When my father and I were fixing the house we would get the strongest smells.  I was in the front room and my father was working in the kitchen.  We met each other in the hall with the same look on our faces.  The smell of bacon, eggs, and biscuits was so strong, our mouths began to water.  On occation, I still get food smells and ask Pauline what's for dinner, it smells great!!
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 06:49 PM


Hi Everyone.....

Best Wishes to all for the new year!

Here is a question......

Now i have experienced all of the above, a scent of a relative passing away, or a relative coming to visit me, or comming to reassure me when i have been feeling down.

BUT.......

I have also been told that certain scents of spirit can also indicate that  a negative spirit or energy has entered the room or house!

So could they also imatate a friend, family member, and loved one...  How do we know the difference? Often it is said to be a foul sweet sickly odour.... of a negative energy / spirit.

Does anyone have an opinion about this?

God Bless  x




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