There are many reports of people who experience the presence of someone who is going to die before they die. This may be the person telling others they are getting ready to leave. This can happen several weeks to a few days before the person actually dies. This is a warning or preparation for those who are close to this person. Sometimes people, who see or perceive this experience, may not be as close as the immediate family. This can occur because the immediate family may have too much emotional disturbance, and grief, to be receptive. Often children may be more receptive to this experience because they are not civilized to believe this is not possible. They have also not been trained to think it is not OK to discuss it.
How do these experiences feel? There is a knowing that occurs. The experience can often have a feeling that is stronger than an ordinary dream, as if it is very real. There may be a sense of importance. If this is considered out of the realm of discussion then the family member will not share this information, and it will be held secret. Consider it is possible for others to have a similar experience. If you are the one that brings up your own experience it may be comforting or informational which can provide the environment for another person who may feel strengthened by your sharing, to come forth and share their experience. This in turn can provide support and information for you.