A mum has shared pictures of a ghostly 'gatekeeper and raven' waiting to take her father to the afterlife just hours before he passed away.
Sharron Coll caught the photos while looking after her dad Roy Crank on his death bed at a hospice near Doncaster, as he lost his battle to bowel cancer in 2013 aged 67.
The incredible images, taken in the hospice just hours before Roy passed away, show a dark shadowy figure leaning over a book with what appears to be a raven or crow indoors.
"I was looking after my dad in the hospice and it was odd because he kept pointing outside,” Sharon says. “He couldn't speak properly towards the end so couldn't explain what he was pointing at, but he was terrified. I thought it was just his medication.”
"I had just nipped to the loo but it was then that I saw the figure. I was a bit scared. It took me a while to get my head around that.
"I saw it and it shook me up a bit to be honest. I found it a bit unsettling but I still took a photograph.”
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She says her dad passed away just a few hours after the photo was taken.
"Apparently crows and ravens are supposed to be a sign of death,” she says.
"But there were no crows in there – it was a hospice. There was nothing there apart from the wheelchair.
Mum-of-six Sharron was originally scared because her brother said the figure looked like the 'grim reaper'.
"I asked him if he thought dad had gone to heaven and showed him the picture. He just said 'what is that?'. He was shocked,” she explains.
"I've seen spirits since I was five years old. But that did scare me a bit, and it's not until I looked at it properly that I saw it looked like he is praying over some kind of book. It looks like a monk not a grim reaper, which was a relief.”
The 43-year-old is now sharing the deeply personal pictures so that others who are worried about their deceased loved ones can see they may too have had someone waiting for them on the other side.
"When I look at it now it makes me smile, to know that somebody was waiting for him to take him over."
Roy had kept the fact he was battling bowel cancer a secret at first but eventually told family members and Sharron is thankful that he did not suffer for long, passing away on July 29 2013, just three months after his diagnosis.
However before his death Roy had not believed in anything to do with spirits or ghosts, despite Sharron capturing things on camera before.
"I used to see these things and tell my dad but he used to say 'don't be so bloody stupid, there's no such thing' and he never ever took me seriously,” she says.
"But then cameras on phones came out and I could capture stuff that I saw and I could show them to him. But he'd say 'hmm, put it away'.
With additional reporting by Caters News.
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