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Dead Romanian Grandma Sends Creepy Selfie from the Afterlife

This is way worse than parents on Facebook.
A scene in Scurtesti, Romania, where the alleged dead grandma selfie took place. (familypedia.wikia.com)

A scene in Scurtesti, Romania, where the alleged dead grandma selfie took place. (familypedia.wikia.com)

A woman in Romania is terrified after receiving a selfie she claims is of her grandmother. Her grandmother, we should probably add, has been dead for three years.

Gina Mihai, 34, believes her grandmother accessed her phone from “the other side,” and sent her a hella creepy-looking selfie to warn her she was enduring some sort of punishment in the afterlife, the Daily Mail reports. Apparently dead grandmothers leaving secret messages is a trend lately.

Ms. Mihai reportedly received the spectral selfie while she was making donuts.

“When I switched the phone on I was horrified to see my dead grandmother’s face,” Ms. Mihai is quoted as saying. “She had what looked like a snake around her neck, and the whole image looked as if it had been taken through a hole, like it was shot through a tear in the fabric that separates the living from the dead.”

The story conveniently leaves out details of how the selfie got to her phone — was it sent via another phone number? It’s unclear. Anyway, scared of what the selfie could mean, Ms. Mihai took the phone to a fortune teller.

“[The fortune teller] told me that my grandmother was sending me a message from the other side, the snake around her neck was a symbol of the fact that she was being punished in the other life for some sin,” Ms. Mihai reportedly said. “By contacting us she was telling us that if we were to pray for her, we would still be able to save her soul.”

The fortune teller also said Ms. Mihai screwed up her grandmother’s afterlife by not bringing food offerings to the graveyard — a Romanian tradition meant to honor dead spirits. That’s why the grandmother purposefully sent the selfie while her granddaughter was making donuts. What a schemer!

Now, Ms. Mihai, her family and other local families are spending all their time praying in church. Ms. Mihai is reportedly delivering donuts to the graveyard every day.

We’ll never know what really happened here, but can we all just agree that dead people should categorically stop appearing in selfies?

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