More than 600,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since it arrived in the US last year. As we are tragically aware, most of those unfortunate victims were secluded in isolated wards, away from their families and loved ones, left with only the hospital staff by their sides at their time of death. There was no other way, unfortunately, but it was traumatic, lonely and didn’t give people closure. And, according to many, it has left souls adrift, seeking their people to say goodbye, possibly. Myriad people have said they’ve witnessed signs of loved ones they’ve lost to COVID. Most think they are trying to say goodbye.
The coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 600,000 Americans. Many of us never had a chance to hug or say farewell to loved ones who died alone and isolated in hospital wards due to fears of spreading the virus.
But there is another group of pandemic survivors who say they have been granted a second chance to say goodbye. They are people like Horne who believe they’ve been contacted by a loved one who died from coronavirus.
These experiences can be subtle: relatives appearing in hyper-real dreams, a sudden whiff of fragrance worn by a departed loved one, or unusual behavior by animals. Other encounters are more dramatic: feeling a touch on your shoulder at night, hearing a sudden warning from a loved one, or seeing the full-bodied form of a recently departed relative appear at the foot of your bed.
These stories may sound implausible, but they are in fact part of a historical pattern. There is something in us — or in our lost loved ones — that won’t accept not being able to say goodbye.
This phenomenon is not unusual. It’s so common, in fact, it has a name: ADCs, which stands for After Death Communication. The article begins with a specific story about a couple that had been married for 10 years when the wife died from COVID related issues last October. The husband said a handful of the streetlights on his route to work turned purple without explanation one morning. He’d worn purple to their wedding, so he saw this as a sign she was reaching out to him. Another woman couldn’t say goodbye to her aunt before she died and saw her apparition in the hallway one night while she was decorating for Christmas, her aunt’s favorite tradition. Another felt a cold hand on her shoulder the morning her mother passed away from COVID *chills*! If you believe souls need to finish their business to move on, then it would make sense that those who died from COVID without the chance to say goodbye want to amend that. A couple of the stories mention a waft of a familiar scent, like a perfume or a distinct hairspray. I have had that happen a couple of times in my life. Not COVID related, but it’s still wild when it occurs with no explanation. I’ve also seen the face of someone in crowds for years who I didn’t get to say goodbye to.
CNN said that research reports millions of Americans from various religions, cultures, income brackets and ethnicities have experienced ADCs. They also aren’t exclusive to America. There were so many ADCs reported after the devastating tsunami in Japan in 2011, it prompted a book and an Unsolved Mysteries episode. The article discussed mass ADC reporting from the Spanish Flu outbreak and WWI and II soldiers haunted by fellow soldiers. Whether its actual spirits saying goodbye or images these folks manifest due to grief, it means closure.
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