'Text from the Grave' Shocks British Woman Oct 20, 2014 12:30:54 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Oct 20, 2014 12:30:54 GMT -5
South Shields woman's 'text from the grave' shock
SOUTH SHIELDS, Tyne and Wear, England – A woman was horrified to receive a text message from her grandmother's phone number – three years after her death. When Lesley Emerson died in 2011, some of her favorite things were buried with her, including her mobile phone.
Sheri Emerson (above) of South Shields, said she found comfort in texting her but was stunned to get a reply, saying: "I'm watching over you."
It emerged her grandmother's number had been given to another user who replied, thinking friends were playing pranks. The network in question, O2, said it had spoken to the family and apologized for any distress caused.
Emerson said that following her grandmother's death, rather than visit her grave at Harton Cemetery in South Shields, she would text small, personal messages as a "way of being close to her, adding, "I know she's not alive, but it's still going to her.”
However, she was "upset and distressed" to receive a reply saying: "I'm watching over you and it's all going to get better. Just push through."
"Loads of horrible things were running through my head,” she said. "How did somebody get her telephone? Had they been getting all the texts?"
When a family member rang the number, the man who answered explained he had recently acquired the number and thought the text messages from Emerson had been from prankster friends.
"I took it out on him, but it wasn't his fault at all,” Emerson admitted. "It makes me feel sick, there's not a word to describe it."
O2 said numbers disconnected and not reconnected within a short period of time were placed in a general pool for reassignment. A spokesman said O2 had been in touch with the family and apologized "for any distress this is causing.”
Source: BBC News, October 16, 2014.