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When Jack Froese, 32, died of a heart arrhythmia in June 2011, he left behind a number of grieving friends and family members. But the BBC reports that several mysterious posthumous emails from Froese's account have brought some happiness and closure to those who were closest to him.

Last November, five months after Froese's death, his childhood best friend Tim Hart received an email from Froese's account.

"One night in November, I was sitting on my couch, going through my emails on my phone and it popped up, 'sender: Jack Froese.' I turned ghost white when I read it," Hart told the BBC. "It was very quick and short but to a point that only Jack and I could relate on."

The email had the subject heading, "I'm Watching." While the text of the message itself read, "Did you hear me? I'm at your house. Clean your f***ing attic!!!"

Hart says that shortly before Froese's death, the two had a private conversation in Hart's attic, during which Froese teased him over the attic's messy state. "Just he and I up there. That's it," Hart said.

Froese's cousin Jimmy McGraw also claims to have received a posthumous email from Froese, warning him about an ankle injury that occurred after his cousin's death.

"I'd like to say Jack sent it, just because I look at it as he's gone, but he's still trying to connect with me. Trying to tell me to move along, to feel better," McGraw said.

For now, the source of the emails remains a mystery. But that's OK with Hart, who says that even if the emails are coming from a cruel prankster who has hacked Froese's account, he doesn't mind. "If somebody's joking around, I don't care because I take it whatever way I want," he said.

What's interesting and unique about this case is that the emails all had a personal touch. There have been several reported cases of emails sent from a deceased person's account, but those usually can be easily traced back to spam accounts that have accessed the deceased person's information.

Facebook has had somewhat similar problems for several years, with the social networking site sending automated notifications encouraging users to "reconnect" with the accounts of users who have died. Under normal circumstance, the feature is meant to help connect users who travel in similar social circles. In an 2010 New York Times story, Facebook said it was actively addressing how best to handle accounts belonging to users who have died.

And there are even options for those who would intentionally like to send emails from beyond the grave. The website Dead Man's Switch, lets you write email drafts that will be sent to a group of preselected recipients after your death. The site explains exactly how they're able to know when to send the emails:

"The emails are sent at certain intervals. By default, the switch will email you 30, 45, and 52 days after you last showed signs of life. If you don't respond to any of those emails, all your messages will be sent 60 days after your last check-in."

And if you're simply looking for advice on preparing for your Web-based afterlife, the site Digital Beyond offers ongoing tips about preparing your online identity for after your death.

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i believed it, brother.

i have a relative who called his brother to find out of his illness.  someone told him that his brother was very sick and perhaps would not make it through the night.  he was working on a 3rh shift, so he couldn't call.  he called his brother after his shift was over at work.  his brother answered the phone and they had a brief chat.  his brother told him that he is fine and at a better place.  he drove home and his wife told that his brother had passed away sometimes last night.  he checked his cell and had a voice message.  his wife did call him and leave a voice message that his brother just passed away if he wanted to come home.

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I had an uncle who passed away. I dont know how true they are. He left a few missed calls to his son and left one voice message to his daughter. This was prolly a few days after when he passed away. His daughter wont say what he left behind on voice msg. The son tried calling his dad cell (which shoulda been an inactive number) and he said he heard his dad on the other line briefly just calling his name twice.

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I wish I would get something like that from my brother too. Now, every dream that I have about him, I take that it's a message from him.

One of my brother's friend had a dream that they were sitting on a cloud and my brother say he had to go and he flew off the cloud. His friend tried to grab my brother but couldn't. One of his other friend say that he received a call from my brother and my brother say he is doing good.

I keep saying that if I see my brother, I'm going to capture him, so maybe he's afraid to come visit me.  :( :(

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When my aunt was at the hospital, hubby and I went to visit and I heard this story from a relative hers who also came to visit her.

She said that years ago when her father was very sick and was at the hospital, she'd bring food and go visit every day for a few weeks.  One evening she got a call from her family members who were at the hospital saying that her father got worse and may not make it through the night so she needed to go to the hospital quickly.  She and her husband left to the hospital right away. 

When they got to the parking ramp they got out of the car and started walking.  To get to the hospital entrance you have to walk across the parking ramp to a wide sidewalk that crosses the street to the hospital door.  From the parking ramp you can see a part of the curved sidewalk, however, it disappears around the corner of the parking ramp. 

Anyway, so she and her husband got out of the car, started walking and they both looked ahead to see clearly that her father was walking on the sidewalk to where they were.  Her husband said to her, "Oh, txiv twb taug taus kev tuaj txog tod tej zaum ntshe nws khees lawm os."  They both smiled with relief and didn't think anything of it or realize why he was outside all by himself.  They kept walking around the corner to where the sidewalk reappeared, and to their surprise, her father wasn't anywhere to be found.  When they got up to his room, everyone was crying...  He had passed away an hour ago.

She said that her father came out to greet her and to say his farewell. :( 

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I think I do believe it too.......... When my brother died, my mom cell phone kept rining nonstop, everytime my mom pickup, and said hello..... it's all silent.... My mom begin to talk to him on the phone. It's sad........... . :'( :'(

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Very touching and amazing stories...even though I have shivers now.

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so sad.

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