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Knock of Death?

When I was a kid in the 1960s there was a knock on the door that sounded like my Great Aunt. My mom and sister heard it too but were busy doing the wash so I was told to let her in. We lived on the second floor; I ran to open the door to let her in and NO ONE was there. She was in her 80s so she didn’t run anywhere but we found her nowhere after searching the house and yard.

Awhile later she ended up in the nursing home and died shortly afterwards. Years later I was told that this was the so called “knock of death”; letting someone know that a family member or friend would soon die. Just about everyone has their own style of knocking on someone’s door, THINK about it.

Anyone ever have this happen or have any thoughts on this?

Asked by Jim

8 replies on “Knock of Death?”

Hi Jim

Afraid this is one of those urban myths. Azriel (angel of death) does not go knocking on doors to let folk know of impending deaths in the family. Azriel’s job is to help guide that person’s soul safely back to the light, not go rapping on doors and scaring folk half to death.

There are one or two other possibilites for the knocking, of course…

Firstly – it may have been some kids mucking around, knocking on doors and then legging it before people answer the knock.

Or – it may have been something to do with air pressure change or the wind picking up, thus causeing something being blown against the door.

Or, if your Auntie was very ill at the time, she may well have been astrally projecting and came knocking on the door.

But, I think it most likely to be kids mucking around.


The only thing I’ve ever heard that signifies an impending death in the family is if a black bird gets in your house. Before my mom died, I did see a black bird just fluttering in mid-air looking into my house one day. I thought that was so strange.

Hi Jim,

I’ve read other stories about people receiving warnings, or visits, from their family members who have just died, and others who have received three knocks .. but its usually when the family is discussing someone who has already died.

I agree with AJ in that your aunt might have been sleeping at the time of the knocks, and thinking or dreaming, about you guys, and decided to go for a visit, otherwise .. it would have been any ghost, or the house moving etc. The warnings usually appear three days before a death .. so how long before your aunt went into the nursing home?

Love & Peace
Ama Nazra

My gran always knew when a friend or family member had died, before being informed of the death. Apparently she would wake up during the night (If it happened at night) and see the person standing in the doorway of the room, waiving at her and walking off. I do however believe that this happened AFTER the death of that person.
When my gran died, my other gran who does not believe in ghosts, apparently woke up the night of the day of her death. Wow, that sounds confusing. My grand died during the day, in the morning. My living gran rushed over to the house and found her, still in the tub. She covered her with a blanket. Apparently, that night, my passed gran greeted my living gran by also appearing in the doorway, nodding a “thank you”, waiving and walking off.

I’m always reluctant to believe these sort of things if I had not personally experienced it, but thought I’d share this.

Thanks JAT,

That is so groovy. Your gran repeated a pattern that I guess you all knew about. What a lovely way to say goodbye. 🙂

Love & Peace

I had it happen to me two weeks ago I had a dream about my step brother and I awoke At 4am to 3 knocks at the door and noone was there when I opened it . The next day I got a phone call my stepbrother had a brain anurism . He was in a coma for two weeks after that and died … I heard the three knocks and I scared me and it was really real . I got out of bed and checked both doors of my house . I will never forget it . I am going to his funeral this Saturday .

I been living with my in-laws for the past 11 yrs now. As soon as I moved in I knew something is different about the house. Their house is haunted. I have seen ghosts in the house before and they seem to be very active in our room.

Three year ago, I’ve been hearing 3 knocks as soon as go to bed. I never really thought about looking it up until now. I will document the knocks and wait to see if someone I know passes away.

The knocks are normally very loud and they have an echo to them. This last time (06-18-15 @ 2pm), the knocking sounded like a knock on a wooden table or a door. I will keep you guys posted.



I, for one, believe that 3 knocks of death is very much real. Here’s what just happened to me last month. It’s a bit long though…

3 Knocks Of Death… Definitely Real, But Who Knocked?

Hello. I figured I would share my story before asking my question as it will clearly explain why I am asking the question to begin with.
First of all, let me start out by letting you know that the building I currently reside in has been several different businesses and residences in the past, including a funeral home (it’s the building they did the viewings in I believe). Currently it is about a quarter storage for the mechanic shop next door and my hubby and I have stayed in it for about 2 years with our dogs (my hubby works at the mechanic shop). The building is literally one big room other than the bathroom.
Now, about 3 weeks ago at about 7pm, I was in the shower and my hubby was playing a video game. About midway through my shower, my hubby came to the bathroom door and asked if I had knocked on the wall to get his attention. I told him I hadn’t and didn’t hear any knocking. We both kinda blew it off as maybe he had heard something in his game and had mistakenly thought it was knocking. We went on about our night and didn’t hear anything else strange… Until the next day. My hubby was at work and it was just me and our 3 fur babies (dogs) at home. I was binge watching a show on Netflix and washing dishes when, of course, Netflix went to the “are you still watching?” screen. I turned off the sink and walked toward the TV to start my show back up. As I got within 2 feet of the TV, I heard 3 very distinct and loud knocks come from the wall behind me. Mind you, there is no door where the knocking came from, the building was completely silent and the dogs were asleep when this happened. It also sounded as though the knocks came from a wooden door… This is a brick building with metal doors and glass security doors… There is no wood. I even open both the doors on the sides of the building to see if anyone was there, but not a soul was in sight. I immediately got online and starting researching my situation. That’s when I came upon tons of pages indicating that someone dear to me would die soon. This really worried me as my parents have a lot of medical issues including cancer. Needless to say, I was extremely paranoid about this for a couple of weeks. After 2 weeks had gone by with no death, I started to relax a bit and feel normal again. Then we noticed our oldest dog had developed hotspots which she had been scratching and licking profusely. After a couple of days of trying to keep her from scratching, we decided to set a vet appointment to get her looked at. We didn’t think it was anything serious as she has never been sick in the 10 years we’ve had her, but we didn’t want her hotspots to get infected. That night she had 3 seizures and we rushed her into the vet immediately. Shockingly, we were told that she was dying of severe internal infection and fluid filled lungs… Neither of which she had shown any signs of before the sudden seizures. They put her on meds to keep her comfortable for 2 days until my hubby got paid so we could have her humanely euthanized and cremated. The very next day, Friday,Feb. 17th, she passed away during my hubby’s lunch break. After crying all weekend it suddenly occured to me… If the 3 knocks was a warning of Priss’ (my dog) death, who or what did the knocking? Is this the spirit of someone we knew watching over us? Or is it an oman and did something dark effect my dog to the point of killing her?

Sorry for this being so long winded.