decic (decic) wrote in thequestionclub,

Skype and the Afterworld

A few weeks ago, I received a notification on Skype about the birthday of a childhood friend of mine who sadly passed away this summer. I was in total shock to get this notification because I have not been in contact with this girl for almost 10 years and we've never had each other as contacts on Skype(!) or even had each others emailaddress or anything like that. If you have Skype, you know you get notified about your contacts birthdays but how could I get receive a notification about someone who I've never been in contact with on Skype? I can not for the life of me understand HOW I could get that notification!

I'm 23 and lost contact with this girl (let's call her S) as we got into our teens but before that we were best friends since kindergarten. I was very sad to hear about her passing away and went to her funeral with another childhood friend who, like me, was best friends with S when we were little. My mother and sister also came to the funeral as we all used to be close to S and her family (and still are close to an extent, S's aunt was at our house for my sister's graduation party only two days before S suddenly passed away).

Fastforward to a few weeks ago, I received this notification about S's birthday and I almost couldn't believe what I saw. Later in the day, the notification was gone and when I thought about it I was sure it had to have been a dream but no - I had shown the notification to my mother and she tells me it definitely happened. Only a few days before this happened, my mother had met S's mother in a store (they've also talked a few times on the phone since S passed away) who've talked about how she believes in an afterlife and the spirit world and believes that S is sending her signs from "the other side". So when I got this very odd notification on S's birthday, my mother wanted to immediately call S's mother to tell her about it but I stopped her because I thought "what if there's a logical explanation to this?" I didn't want to tell S's mother and imply that her dead daughter has contacted me if it actually was something else.

On Skype, have you ever gotten a birthday notification from someone who you've never had in your contacts? Do you think this is something that can happen and in that case, how?

What do you think about the notification I received on S's birthday?

Do you think I should tell S's mother about this?
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