In this reality where you and I are conversing, we experience time. From an other dimension you were approached to see if you would temporarily transport a traumatized soul (which will have to be rescued from a body) that will be shot in what you and I consider our future.)
The feeling of your son's cheek on your face was just a communication from this non-verbal entity that it is a friendly, one. Even this gesture could not put you at ease, and you were probably not the best one to even temporarily accept this burden/assignment.
We operate on a conscious level, but there is also activity that happens on a subconscious level. On this subconscious level, you just declined to participate. Remember, there is free will. You were not the match they were looking for.
This may seem far fetched to you. It would have been to me too, had this info came to me prior to reading the Dolores Cannon books.
If and when you realize that souls live on forever, you will also realize that some don't necessarily complete their work here on Earth in the exact time as some accidental thing happens to the body they occupy; or as it is becoming the thing now, some random shooting happens. Some souls are ready to go with the body, but some souls attempt to remain here until a suitable place is found for them to resume their work. Interestingly, the soul (operating in "no time") can foresee what is about to happen to the body "in time" and can make arrangements to be housed elsewhere.
So, for example, a (male) helicopter pilot who's body perished in a Ukrainian field where his plane crashed, could have ended up staying with a North American (woman) empath (who loves to fly and likes helicopters). He would have arrived before the accident. The soul and the empath receiving it would similarly be experiencing anxiety/distress. The empath could be even on a conscious level realizing that they have no reason to be distressed and that this issue they are having must be coming from somewhere else. Eventually, a permanent place is found for the helicopter pilot and he moves on or he may decide to stay with the body, accepting that he will only be enjoying flying helicopters on a recreational basis.
Again, some of this, like the late Dolores Cannon used to say, will require a little stretch of one's imagination.