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When a loved one passes away, it’s by far the most difficult thing to endure. And while they leave us on a physical level, their spirit remains with us until the end of our lives.

If you have ever had a sneaking suspicion that your deceased loved one is trying to reach out to you, they likely are. However, it can be hard to tell, especially if you don’t have much experience with spirituality. Thankfully, the signs sent from our deceased loved ones are pretty clear and direct.

So, if your deceased loved one is trying to send you a sign, if you notice any of the seven following signs, your deceased loved one is trying to help you.

1. They use aromatic signals.

The deceased are known for using smells to get the attention of their loved ones to let them know they are nearby. As an example, directly after my grandfather passed away, I smelled his cologne, which was very distinct, and there is no other way I could have been smelling it in my home unless it was him. I took it as a reminder that he was nearby and that he loved me. If you smell something that you can’t find the source, and it’s a smell associated with your loved one, that’s likely a sign from them.

2. They visit you in your dreams.

Another way deceased loved ones come to us is in our dreams. They visit us and have conversations with us, and in many cases, the circumstances of the interaction will have other signs tied in. For example, if your loved one comes to you and they are different, but in a very obvious way, they are trying to send you a message in between the lines.

3. You have a strong gut feeling that doesn’t feel like your own.

After a loved one passes away, they will connect with you on an energetic level. You may have gut feelings that come seemingly out of nowhere and feel like they are coming from someone else. When this happens, this is your loved one trying to tell you something important, so pay attention.

4. A song comes on that they loved at just the right time.

If you are dealing with a situation in which you need some validation or even a pick-me-up, and you hear your loved ones’ favorite song come on, it’s them trying to make you feel better. In some cases, they may even answer questions you have without you ever asking through music.

5. You see butterflies at just the right time.

Butterflies are messengers of the deceased and are known to show up as a reminder that your loved one is near. If they land on you, they are trying to tell you about something to come and if they show up often, they are simply visiting you.

6. Electrical interference.

Spirits are composed of energy, and often use electronics to provide them with enough energy to contact us. If you notice when you feel a presence that lights glitch out, or that radios receive interference, your loved one is trying to contact you.

7. Animals act strangely.

Perhaps one of the most well-known signs of a spirit around is when dogs or cats act strangely. Animals can see spirits, so when they are around us, it’s likely our animals may act as though they are barking at something, but you won’t be able to see anything. In some cases, they may sit still like they are paralyzed and will not move until the spirit is gone.