“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.
“However I couldn’t see the bird then so I went back in the room. My dad passed away just a couple of hours later.
“I didn’t notice the crow until I looked back on the photos.
“At the time I showed it to my brother when we came out of the hospice and I was a bit worried because he said it looked a bit 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.
“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.
“However I do now find comfort in the pictures. Now I think he is a gatekeeper because when I noticed the crow or raven, I know they are a sign of death. They are like gatekeepers too, a spiritual animal.
“So now I have to keep thinking that it’s a gatekeeper coming to take my dad, to pass him over to a positive place.
“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.
Sharron, who works in security, said: “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.
“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’.
“Because of my job I am often in derelict, really, really old places, sometimes rural, and I can go off on my own and take photographs of things I see in there.
“I see some people post pictures and I look at them and I’m really sceptic. Even though I can see it in the photo myself in their photo. But this is different as I took these pictures.
“I don’t tell too many people about when I see things like this as I wouldn’t want people thinking I’m anything other than just a normal mum.”
However now Sharron is sharing her very personal pictures in the hope that she might be able to share some of the comfort that she has found in it.
Sharron, whose six children are aged between 11 and 26, said: “The pictures might provide comfort to others who lose loved ones as they could be reassuring to see that there might be someone waiting for them in the afterlife.
“That’s why I shared them online – as I hoped they might provide comfort for some. But people can make their own minds up when they see them.”