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A visit from the ghost of Mary Duggan

Updated on September 1, 2012

Cell phone photos of Mary's spirit generated form.

In this photo I've captured the spirit generated essence of Mary Duggan at her beloved piano. I watched a key move.
In this photo I've captured the spirit generated essence of Mary Duggan at her beloved piano. I watched a key move. | Source
Mary moves across the room to see Nancy. Time? 3 minutes.
Mary moves across the room to see Nancy. Time? 3 minutes. | Source
This moving Orb signaled the start of the event. A rare occurance captured by a single lens, high resolution cell phone camera.
This moving Orb signaled the start of the event. A rare occurance captured by a single lens, high resolution cell phone camera. | Source
Mary approaches her piano
Mary approaches her piano | Source
Mary has left the building. The total episode lasted no less than 10 minutes; with many images captured..
Mary has left the building. The total episode lasted no less than 10 minutes; with many images captured.. | Source

A visit from the other side


It’s a strange feeling! Sometimes when you least expect it, a tap on the shoulder from the past will send you into a state of deep contemplation.

The back story…

I’m not a superstitious man, nor have I spent a lot of time contemplating the fate of the dead. For good or for bad, I've spent much time in the last few years, caring for and then assisting loved ones transitioning to the other side. It's a tough crossing!

Picture if you will, a large man in his 50s, a bit rough around the edges, consoling first a wife as to the inevitable, and yet, unexpected death of her beloved mother. Programed as a young man to largely side step sorrow by his rather stoic Nordic ancestors, and then a father that more often than not directed his son to emotionally ‘walk it off.’ I found myself dealing with emotions that at first were uncomfortable, if not entirely foreign to me.

And then... my father passed away. A year later, a brother would die of cancer.

Although by all outward appearances a ‘Rock’ for family and friends during this period of great transition, internally, I was an emotional shipwreck that held many questions as to the here-after, as well as the soul destiny of the departed.

Yes, I like many had been raised in the spiritual confines of the Catholic Church. Good and evil, Heaven and Hell, you know the story.

My question… Do we communicate with the dead?

Or more to the point of this story, do they attempt to communicate with us?

It’s all over television, and countless books have been written about it. What many refer to as a ghostly encounter, I believe to be a possible attempt at communication with the living by a passed one; through multiple layers of parallel consciousness. This realization can be a very difficult one, as well as a bit foggy, depending on the acceptance of the intended recipient of the message.

Anyone that has experienced a lucid dream, is aware of what I’m referring to. When we commune with the passed through our dreams, are we simply dreaming? Or has our mind, our essence, traveled to be with the passed loved one?

Orbs, clouds, and the ghost of Mary Duggan.

By all accounts, Mary Duggan was a kind, loving person. In the 9 years that I knew her, first as the mother of my girlfriend, and later as my mother-in-law, I never heard a negative word come from her mouth. That’s just the way she was.

Born in the early 1900s, Mary lived through the depression, and had lost her mother to heart disease at a very young age. She was left to care for her sister in the shadows of an evil stepmother. Non-the-less, this American Irish mother of five, was most grateful for life, and all that it had to offer. She had outlived her husband John by no fewer than 20 years; when she passed away from a dreaded bout with Shingles. In the end, all Mary wished for was to go home.

Checking out of the hospital, we escorted Mary to her nicely furnished apartment in the Eugene Hotel. We held her hand, and watched over her as she slipped away. It was as though a flame had been extinguished with a bucket of water. 45 minutes later…Mary was gone.

My wife Nancy had truly expected a glow of light in the room as her spirit left the body. This did not happen.

Let's Back up a step or two.

A women that always looked for the best in people, and accepted family and friends unconditionally for what they were, Mary would soon become a good friend to me, as well as a role model.

She would teach me the advantages of tolerance, as well as the benefit of extending kindness to others.

My dear wife Nancy missed her mother. She often expressed puzzlement as to Mary’s total vacancy in her dreams, and sense of ‘spirit.’ Double Irish, as well as a kin to pirate queen Grace O'Malley, my wife has her foot firmly planted in the spirit realm. She feels things!

Well it finally happened for her! Mary dropped in to say hello.

Monday night, while watching an episode of the Long Island Medium, Nancy mentioned that she really missed her mom, and would like to have a reading done in the attempt to hear from her.

In the mean time, I had been compelled to take several cell phone camera shots of the room we were sitting in.

sitting across from Mary’s piano, I began to capture a strange side light in my view finder. The room, other than the glow from the television, was in total darkness. What I was now seeing made very little sense to me at the time.

Unlike capturing an orb image, I could see the apparition as I took the shot.

After taking no fewer than two dozen shots, it becomes very obvious to me that the visitor had been sitting next to me. It then shifted to the piano bench, seemingly looking at our wedding photo. Moving across the room to where Nancy sat, the apparition hovered for a second or two, and then took its exit.

To say the least, an extraordinary encounter with the departed!


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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      You are welcome to share your story here. And with your permission, I will include it in my next Orb House Book.

      Thank you.

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      Pamela Hutson 5 years ago from Moonlight Maine

      What a lovely story. I am glad the visit happened, both for you and for Nancy. I have so many stories of this sort that it would be a bore to write them all here. Perhaps I'll put them together into a hub and you can use whatever you like (once I get around to doing it! lol!)

      I do believe the dead are always with us, much nearer than we think. It gives me great comfort. I struggled with it for years but at 59 I just know what I believe and I don't worry so much what other people think. Not like I go around preaching on it, but I don't doubt myself like I used to. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you CR. I look forward to reading a few of your stories. You're welcome to email me if you wish.

      Parks.

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      smilesbynancy 5 years ago

      Thank you darling for writing this, it was truly a gift from my mother to us both. We love you mom.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      My pleasure.

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      Arlene 5 years ago

      Lovely story. Nancy and I grew up together in Almaden and Mary Dugan was always so friendly and welcoming. She always had a smile on her face. I always enjoyed going to hang out at Nancy's house. I am glad she came to visit you both. I had somewhat of the same thing happen to me years ago when my little brother died in a car accident in Almaden back in 1973. I do belive they are always with us and look out for us. Thank you for such a nice story.

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      Mary Giufffrida 5 years ago

      Mary Evelyn is as lovely in her after life as she was in person. She was a delight. Beautiful, funny, kind and giving. Thank you for this sweet story, Parks.

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      Eric king 5 years ago

      Love you Nana

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you family and friends for your comments here. Much appreciated.

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      Carrie 5 years ago

      This is amazing. Thanks for sharing. What a blessing to receive such a visit. Thank you, Mary!

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      Bob Miller 5 years ago

      If anyone was able to do this, It woulld be Mary Ev! Rose Ann would have been 84 tomarrow.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      God bless both of them Uncle Bob.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Wow! Parks, this is awesome. Very comforting to know that our loved ones do indeed visit or watch out for us. These photos are simply stunning! I need to start taking more shots too, as I tend to capture spirits on camera as well. You've inspired me to do more. :)

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      An extraordinary event to be sure. I look forward to viewing your photos.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, this was amazing! the photos never lie as they say, I have tried EVP, listening to voices, on my phone but so far nothing, but I can't help but keep trying, cheers nell

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you Neil. Yes, this was an unexpected, yet gladly accepted encounter with a passed loved one.Keep on trying. Your answer will come.

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      Rosana Modugno 4 years ago from 10th Kingdom

      Hey Parks! Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoyed it, as I related to it, as you know. It's always a wonderful experience, isn't it. :)

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      That is an awesome story! I've also had spirit/ghost experiences, I'm very interested in the subject and I've captured many orbs and ghosts on film, along with a friend of mine. I've seen several "things" over the years, heard things. It's an amazing event, to finally welcome these "beings" into our lives because then we have more experiences that can really help us appreciate God and the afterlife, and even our present lives as well.

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      Parks McCants 4 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Thank you Miss JamieD. Several Huber's send me a photo or a story from time to time, your's would be welcomed. You now have my follow. I look forward to reading your work.

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Thank you Parks:) Unfortunately I lost a lot of my photos, my sister stole my camera that held most of them:( But when I take more, I'll be sure to share!

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