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UK woman shocked at receiving messages from dead grandmother

Sheri Emerson, of South Shields, said she found comfort in texting her but was stunned to get a reply, saying: "I'm watching over you."

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Updated:October 19, 2014, 5:16 PM IST
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UK woman shocked at receiving messages from dead grandmother
Sheri Emerson, of South Shields, said she found comfort in texting her but was stunned to get a reply, saying: "I'm watching over you."

London: In a spooky mix-up, a woman in the UK was horrified at receiving text messages from her dead grandmother three years after she was buried with her mobile only to find out that the phone number had been reallotted.

When Lesley Emerson died in 2011 some of her favourite things were buried with her, including her mobile phone. Sheri Emerson, 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 apologised 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".

"I know she's not alive, but it's still going to her," she was quoted as saying by the BBC. 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."

The recipient of the texts thought they were prank messages from friends "Loads of horrible things were running through my head. How did somebody get her telephone? Had they been getting all the texts?" Emerson asked. 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. It makes me feel sick, there's not a word to describe it," Ms Emerson said. O2 said numbers disconnected and not reconnected within a short period of time were placed in a general pool for reassignment.

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