"This happened in July, 2011 in my flat in Ann Arbor, Michigan," writes Cathy. "I was suffering from really bad depression and anxiety. The pills the doctors had prescribed for me made me hear voices that told me how horrible I was and how I shouldn't keep hurting other people by living.
"One night, I had a big panic attack and these voices were shouting in my ears. Eventually, I cried myself to sleep. In the middle of the night, I woke up, freezing, and felt someone petting my hair, like my mother used to do to relax me. It was very soothing, and I let my hair be petted for a little bit. At first, I thought that my roommate had stayed at my side and was making sure I was okay, but when I rolled over to thank her, there was no one else in the room. All the lights were off, and I could hear her softly snoring in her room.
"I remember telling whoever it was that 'that was really creepy' and to 'please stop' before huddling under the covers again. I thanked it for caring, though, before falling back asleep."
Thanks for that report, Cathy. Many others have reported experiences of being comforted from the "other side":