[Apparitions at the Moment of Death]
Theosophist, September, 1883
Editor’s Note by H.P.B. on an article titled “A Story of Thirty Years Ago” about apparitions at the moment of death
Useless to remind our readers that we are a firm believer in the apparition of real disembodied spirits at the moment of their death. Many were the cases in our own family, and to reject the evidence for such occurrences is to invalidate entirely every possible testimony. This belief is gaining ground very rapidly: and a book called Essai sur l’Humanité Posthume et le Spiritisme [Essay on Posthumous Humanity and Spiritism] by Adolphe d’Assier, a positivist and one who disbelieves entirely and opposes Spiritualism as a “Spirit” theory, has just appeared in France. The Author is as thoroughly convinced of the reality of apparitions after death of what we call “shells” as we are. We propose to review it in our next, translating a good portion of his arguments.