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When we lose a loved one we may struggle with the grief and sense of loss. It’s difficult to say goodbye, the idea of never seeing this person again is both frightening and upsetting. While some may not believe in the concept of an afterlife of a spiritual realm, for those that do there is the hope that we will one day hear from those that have left us.

While our loved ones can’t return to us in the physical form that we remember, there are a number of different ways that they may try to communicate with us. From signs and symbols to shifts in energy, these little signs are sometimes missed or overlooked, however, if we are aware of what we are looking for we can keep our eyes open to these messages.

Here are 11 signs that a deceased loved one is trying to contact you:

#1 – Music

Have you ever noticed that you keep hearing a specific song over and over again? It’s playing when you turn on the radio, on the PA system at your local mall and appearing in movies, television shows, and commercials. If this song has some sort of meaning to you or reminds you of your deceased loved one in some way, it may not be a coincidence. Music is often used as an effective means of communication both when we are alive and after we pass.

#2 – Familiar Scents

Have you ever been walking through the house only to be met with a familiar scent, one that immediately reminds you of a loved one? Maybe it’s your grandmother’s favorite perfume or the smell of your uncle’s pipe. It is said that the sense of smell is the most ancient of the senses, so if a loved one is near we may not be able to see them or touch them, but our sense of smell is strong enough that we may still pick it up. Know that you aren’t losing your mind, this is a sign that your loved one is close.

#3 – Objects Moving/Shifting

One way that spirits will try to communicate us is by moving everyday objects. They may crack open a door, move an item into your path in order to catch your attention, or they may move a specific item. If the item has meaning, this may reveal who is trying to make contact with you or the message that they are trying to share. In many cases, they are simply trying to let you know that they are around.

#4 – Clocks Stop

If you notice that the clocks in your home stop or temporarily freeze with no real explanation, this may be a sign that a loved one is trying to use these devices to communicate with you. The message differs from case to case, with some reporting that the clock stops at the time of death of their loved one, while others say the time was symbolic in some way. For example, it may stop at 7:15 if July 15th is a birthdate, anniversary or important date of some type.

#5 – They Appear in Your Dreams

When you are in a dream state, your senses and spiritual connections are heightened, making it easier than ever for your loved ones to reach out and interact with you. You may see the form of your loved one, interacting with them directly in your dream, or they may send you a sign or symbol, something that is recognizable to you. There are even times that these dreams appear so real that it is hard to draw the line between dream and reality.


#6 – Sensing Their Presence

The hardest of the signs to quantify, many people report that they can sense when a family member is around. You may simply feel as though there is someone nearby in the room, or you get the sense that someone is watching you. Those that are able to recognize that it is a loved one nearby often report feeling comforted by the presence, a familiar feeling that they associate with when their loved one was alive.

#7 – Butterflies and Dragonflies

Those who study spirituality understand that there are a number of common signs and omens, each carrying their own message. Butterflies and dragonflies are often associated with the spirit world, meaning that they appear when someone from that world is attempting to communicate with the living.

#8 – Light Bulbs and Candles Flickering

Those who return to visit us from the spiritual realm bring with them a significant amount of energy. Light is known for being one of the purest forms of energy, and as such, It is easily influenced by outside energy sources. When your loved one moves near a light bulb or a candle, this causes the light to flicker.

#9 – Black Feathers

There is a legend that dates back generations that if you find a single black feather it is a sign from the Universe that a loved one is attempting to make contact with you. The full legend states that feathers can carry a number of different messages, revealed by the color. Black specifically pertains to the spirit of an ancestor.

#10 – Electronic Devices Act Up

Similar to the phenomenon that we see when our loved ones move near a light source, the energy that a spirit contains can also influence the electronic devices that we use on a daily basis. You may notice that your television screen mysteriously goes fuzzy, your radio changes stations or your laptop turns off without warning. If there is no physical reason for your electronics to be on the fritz, this is likely a sign that someone is nearby.

#11 – Sudden Change in Temperature

A well-known sign of a spiritual presence, if you feel an unexplained breeze, or a sudden drop in temperature this may be the sign that the spirit of a loved one is near. There are many explanations for this, depending on who you speak to. Some say that spirits draw energy in order to try to contact us, and pulling this energy pulls the heat from the room. Others say that we experience a sudden chill when a spirit attempts to touch us or make contact. The one common fact that unites all explanations is that these changes in temperature indicate a spirit is near.