How do you know your deceased loved one is around? This is a common question I get asked about as an energy worker and as a paranormal investigator. Oftentimes people will feel as if a loved one is near, however they aren’t sure if what they are experiencing is real or just their imagination.
There are many reasons why your loved ones return to visit, and you don’t have to be a medium or even go to one to experience the presence of a person that you knew personally. After all, you would know these people better than myself, or a psychic medium would.
It is incredibly common to notice the signs of your deceased loved ones are around once you know what they are. When you open yourself up to the messages, you will realize that these methods of communication can occur anywhere and at any time.
Most of the time we are too busy with the hustle and bustle of everyday life to be aware of the signs in our surroundings. You are more likely to notice when you are alone but you can receive these signs when you are fully awake, in a twilight state dreaming and waking, or in a dream state.
In an effort to connect people and their deceased loved ones, here is a list of the most common methods and techniques that your loved ones use to visit and communicate with you. When you experience one or more of these, they can act as a surefire sign that a loved one is near.
The 10 Most Common Signs From Your Deceased Loved Ones
1. Dream visitations
Loved ones visiting us in our dreams is very common. In fact, this is the most common way to be visited by those in Spirit, both by deceased loved ones and our Spirit Guides. While you may try to talk yourself out of the “Spirit Visitation” dream if you’ve had one, these types of dreams are very different than regular dreams. These dreams will feel very real. They often leave you with a feeling of a deep and long-lasting impression which sticks with you long after waking. In many cases the feeling can last days. Why is this? Because it WAS very real. Pay attention to as many details as you can. There is likely a message or meaning behind the visit.
2. Sensing their presence
Many people also report feeling the presence of their loved one around them after their passing. You can pick up on this in several ways.
You might notice a shift in energy when they are around. This can be felt by either a change in energy around you or the actual movement of air. Perhaps you have noticed pressure on the bed next to you or felt like someone is sitting next to you on the couch? I have personally experienced these myself many times.
This is a common type of visit. If you were very close with the person you feel visiting, and you were able to notice their presence while they were alive, you will still be able to feel them after they have shifted from physical into Spirit form. Energy is energy. They have the same essence when they were with their body, and the same without the body.
3. Feeling their touch
Ever felt a hug, a brush of your hair, holding of your hand, or a gentle touch on your back? These are some of the most comforting forms of connection that can happen.
Feeling their touch is the most common thing to sense in the days directly following their passing. However, some of those in Spirit do continue to visit, long after their passing, and use the ability of perceived touch. This ability to touch can also manifest in feeling them next to you but not necessarily touch you. It could be an object near you or noticing someone sit or lay down in bed next to you.
4. Smelling their fragrance
The ability to smell the fragrance of a deceased loved one or Spirit is called clairgustance. It is commonly reported as the fragrance of a cigarette or cigar smoke, perfume, flowers, or cooking. These will be unique scents to the person who has passed. If you smell cigar smoke, and no one smokes in your house, except your deceased grandfather… chances are, it’s him and he’s letting you know he’s around, and saying hello.
5. Hearing their voice
This is called clairaudience. It is possible to hear the voice of your deceased loved one externally, as though they are actually speaking to you in human form, or internally, through thought or word transference. Internal clairaudience is the most common way to “hear a voice,” as the hearing happens inside your mind.
Do you find yourself talking to your deceased loved one on the other side in your mind? If you do, take a moment and wait to see if you can hear a response. Usually, you can. If you can’t or don’t hear your loved one’s voice, you may also hear a ringing or a buzzing in the ear. This has to do with the vibration at which they are communicating to us now.
6. Unexpected electrical activity
We all have and use energy. Energy runs through all things, including electrical devices. For those on The Other Side, not only is it fun to learn how to use energy to connect, many learn that the energy in electrical devices is quite easy to manipulate.
For this reason, it is actually quite common for those in Spirit to manipulate TV’s, lights, and toys to get your attention. They can turn things on and off, change channels, and even make things move. Not only have I experienced all of the above, but also light bulbs blowing out (a lot), flickering lights, and static interference with radios and televisions.
Songs on the radio, that are meaningful to you or your lost loved one, are another way for those on the Other Side to send us messages that we may need to hear. Ever notice that the right song comes on at the right moment? This is also a manipulation of electricity.
7. A phone call
I have heard reports of people receiving several phone calls, from unknown numbers, with nothing but static on the other line shortly after a loved one passes. Since a phone is an electrical object, manipulating the energy to make a phone call is not much different than other electrical activity.
This sign could also occur in the months, or even years, following the crossing of a loved one. However, it seems to be the most common in the immediate days following transition.
8. Receiving a symbolic message, a sign, coincidence or synchronicity
Your deceased loved ones are often very eager to let you know they are still part of your life and with you when you least expect it. While many people can feel their deceased loved ones watching over them, sometimes, it’s hard to be that perceptive, or to be that sure that what we felt was really what we thought it was. So, those in Spirit will work to provide us with signs that we arguably cannot ignore.
Once you receive this type of sign, over and over again, you will know this message from them. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise! The signs can, and will, come to you in a variety of ways and the key is to keep your eyes open for synchronicity and anything out of the ordinary.
Some things to look for…
Small objects: Feathers, coins, and stones
Spirit likes to place things in our path that were significant to them (or significant to us), over and over again. Most see feathers, coins, and other small objects in their path. It will appear out of the ordinary, unexplained, and even strange. This is how you know it’s someone sending a message.
Being out in nature can often help put you in touch with the messages from Spirit because you’re out of your comfort zone. You are more alert, and moving into a more loving state of mind, where you can perceive these signs.
Animals: Spirits use energy and sometimes it is through the animal world, such as a butterfly, bird, ladybug, dragonfly, or other creature. If an animal does something unusual, like land in front of you, or on you, stare at you through a window, or cross on your path, this could be a sign as well.
Animals that are considered signs are usually colorful because the more colorful something is, the more noticeable it is to you. Keep an eye out for bluebirds, jays, and cardinals too.
Flowers: Spirits can send us flowers in unexpected ways. If you receive a flower sign, it could be in the form of an unexpected bouquet or gift, or a flower that is blooming out of season. For example, did your mother or grandmother love bulb flowers, such as tulips or daffodils? Suddenly, you might notice one pop up in your yard or garden, where one may not have been before. Signs like these are worth taking notice.
Synchronistic meeting of people: Your loved ones can and will use people to give you messages, and generally, the person delivering the message is not aware of it. Listen to those around you, as the words they are speaking may be a direct message from the Spirit world to you. Also, those in Spirit may send meaningful people in your direction, such as teachers, life partners, and new best friends. You will not know why, or how, but you will feel the connection.
Sometimes Spirits will move objects to get your attention. Pay attention to what exactly keeps moving. Does the same photograph keep falling? Is an object constantly being found in a different location? Is the same thing being misplaced or lost while in your possession?
My grandmother is notorious for doing stuff like this. She often takes jewelry out of the jewelry box and leaves it laying around for my mother to find when she gets home from work. If this happens to you, consider this a method of communication. It is most commonly done to those whose attention may be harder to reach.
10. Seeing an apparition (partial or full-body)
Believe it or not, seeing an apparition, while you are awake, with your eyes open, is one of the least common methods on this list. Though it is most widely cited in popular media, due to its shock value, it is quite rare. But it is possible nonetheless.
Just because your deceased loved one isn’t appearing to you in full ghost form doesn’t mean they haven’t attempted contact in one of the many other methods on this list.
Many people find that visits from their loved ones are very common in the days, weeks, and months following their passing, but they can continue for years. This is more common when you have a child, soulmate, or life partner pass away early on. This is quite normal.
Be sure to pay attention to all of the subtle ways your loved ones communicate with you! Let me know if you have experienced any of these yourself! As always, leave a comment below!
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