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Here’s a definite case of pareidolia but could it be more than that? Lismore, Australia’s Marion Dawson would tell you yes.

Apparently a photo of a cloud taken on January 9th depicts the face of Marion’s brother Gerry. You might be saying: OK yea, that’s cool, the cloud looks like the guy, so what? Well, that’s not the end of the story.

Read on to discover the twist of fate that makes this such an interesting narrative:

Lismore resident Marion Dawson says a photo of clouds that bear a remarkable resemblance to her late brother Gerry Wells gives her “goosebumps”.

The photo was taken on January 9 at Ocean Shores, on NSW’s far north cost, at the same time as Mr Wells was flying overhead from Brisbane to Sydney to visit family and friends, the Northern Star reports.

Mr Wells, 62, died from a heart attack only a few days later on January 24.

Mr Wells, who lived in Brisbane, never saw the photo, which was taken by a former editor of the Northern Star, Russell Eldridge, and published in the paper on January 11.

It was only after Mr Wells passed away that a friend of his son saw the photo on the internet.

The family used the cloud photo in a leaflet handed out to people at his funeral.

Ms Dawson said they all got goosebumps when they saw the similarity.

She said she did not believe it was a coincidence that Mr Wells was flying to Sydney to catch up with family and friends while the photo was being taken below and that he still managed to get home to say goodbye to his wife one last time.

“I truly believe somebody greater than us knew this was about to happen,” she said.

While many will dismiss this as a family in mourning seeing something that’s just coincidental, I think it’s important to keep an open mind about it.

Could this actually be a sign or harbinger of death? We could argue that since none of the family saw the photo until after Gerry died, therefore it’s not a harbinger or warning. This begs the question of timing. Were they supposed to see it before his death? Or after, as they did?

Are we dealing with loved ones or God giving us a sign? In the case of Gerry, it was almost as if the clouds were saying Gerry is at peace now. Frankly, I believe it gave the entire family a boost and helped with the grieving process, so it’s definitely a good thing no matter the logistics.

Maybe events like this happen quite often but people just miss them. I suppose you could lump this into the “I saw grandpa sitting in my rocker the night he died” or “Dad came to visit me after I came home from the funeral”, but what if there’s something else going on here?

So, was this “Gerry cloud” for the benefit of the family or just as I said, a coincidence? Does anyone else have a story like this to tell? Please, by all means, go ahead with it.

Thanks to 9 News for the tip.

More to see:

Awesome Pareidolia Video

Post Office Ghost: Pareidolia In The Clouds
Steam Of Souls

  • I would argue that this is a chance occurrence and is not an indication of the supernatural. Between 50-60 million people die each year. Given those numbers, it is certainly likely that numerous eerie coincidences will occur. For instance, assume that there is a 1 in 10 million chance that something like this would coincidentally occur. Odds are it still happens several times each year. The only way I would argue for something other than chance is if this type of phenomena occurred routinely (more than expected by chance).

    Here is where I acquired the world death figures: http://ask.yahoo.com/20051128.html

  • That’s very logical Anthony and probably correct.

    However, stranger things have happened.

  • Ramon

    ““I truly believe somebody greater than us knew this was about to happen,” she said.”

    Well well, this awesome guy really pulled out some cloud show for this lucky guy huh? Must have prayed a lot, now just gets something in return from this great fella. 😉

  • The nose is different. It’s totally a different guy. Really though, I’m fine with people grieving how they want. Weird coincidences do happen and it could mean something. I have no idea how the universe works so who am I to say. As long as people aren’t grieving through charlatan mediums (is the phrase ‘charlatan medium’ redundant?) like John Edwards (speaking of coincidences, people named John Edwards– the medium and the presidential candidate– both douche-y a-holes), I’ll be respectful of whatever brings them solace. Also, that face, looks a lot like the one that popped up in Canadia in August: http://www.ghosttheory.com/2011/09/09/awesome-pareidolia-video

  • Salacious

    It’s very similar to this profile in the clouds…..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nosa8fiado4