Since 1998, during my grief support work, I have observed time and again the remarkable healing affects that take place when the bereaved receive a personal afterlife sign from their departed loved ones. Many who were deeply grieving and in a very dark place would later confide in me that the only reason they did not follow through on their thoughts of suicide was because they had received an afterlife sign.
Types of Signs
Some of these “signs” may be in the form of: happy and vivid dreams where you get to see, talk or hug them again; being surrounded by a strong aroma associated with your loved one; a special song connected to your loved one suddenly comes on just as you walk into a room or turn on the radio; the gentle touch of someone stroking your hair; hearing your name being called when you are alone in a room; a vision of the loved one; or a butterfly or bird that acts uncharacteristically like your own personal pet.
Who Receives Signs?
Millions of people of all faiths, even atheists and agnostics, have reported receiving a comforting sign or contact from a departed loved one.
Bernie Siegel, M.D. in Love, Medicine & Miracles says he has experienced a number of after-death communications with patients who passed on. He would be out jogging, and he’d hear a voice say good-bye. He would come home and tell his wife that so-and-so had just died. An hour later he would get a call from the family telling him just that.
Dr. Lisa Miller, psychotherapist, and professor of psychology at Columbia University Teacher’s College reports that in India, China, and Mexico being contacted by one’s departed grandparents is something to be welcomed. Our ancestors being in touch with us is not only welcomed, it’s crucial.
Some celebrities who have reported having personal afterlife contacts and who have been courageous enough to publicly share their experiences are: the popular race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. who believes his deceased father Dale Earnhardt Sr. saved his life by physically pulling him out of a burning car. Beatle member Paul McCartney believes the spirit of his wife Linda frequently uses a white squirrel to be with him when he spends time in the woods. Michelle Williams of Dawson’s Creek fame says that her ex-fiancé Heath Leger has appeared to her on several occasions, and that he has apologized to her for not helping her to raise their daughter.
From my own personal experiences and those of my clients, many times these comforting, unexplained, spiritual experiences will happen as a result of prayer to God. Often times these afterlife contacts will occur on a special occasion, such as a holiday, birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, and birth of a child. Thus, the bereaved will have the added comfort of knowing that their loved one is there celebrating the joyful occasion too.
How To Get An Afterlife Sign
My professional advice for those longing for an afterlife sign is two-fold. First pray to God to be blessed with a contact, and then state something specific to your loved one that you would recognize as a sign from them, e.g. a butterfly. That way when you receive your specific, requested sign, you will have the knowingness that your prayer has been answered and that your loved one is okay. From my grief work with the bereaved, these steps have proven to be extremely effective and have healed thousands of broken hearts over the years.
Benefits of Afterlife Signs
Receiving an afterlife sign can help to reassure those who are wondering if their loved one can still see and hear them. They bring the validating comfort that their loved one is around them in a spiritual way. Afterlife contacts can feel like a warm and soothing balm to the aching heart and therefore help tremendously in the healing process. They have the benefit of bringing the peace of bolstering one’s faith that we live on after death, and that our loved ones will be waiting for us when we too pass over.
Copyright Christine Duminiak
Updated: April 4, 2013