Deceased beloveds choose so many ways in which to visit us, it is vital not to set limits on the possibilities of how contact may occur. What I list below are the more typical ways, but please remain open to being surprised.
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Common types of contact include:
- Dreams (that may feel unusually vivid and unforgettable)
- “Knowing” or “sensing” the deceased person’s presence in an unmistakable way
- Voices (that can be heard externally as the person’s voice, or internally in our minds). These can include urgent, sometimes life-saving, guidance.
- Visions (frequently—not always—seen in the bedroom, when we are most relaxed, and often including an exceptionally bright, white light)
- Nature experiences (where butterflies, birds, rainbows, etc. present themselves in a manner that has particular meaning for the observer)
- Electrical or physical manifestations (such as blenders or lights or alarm systems that function in unusual ways or objects moved to another location)
- Touch (as light as the brush of a feather or as embodied as a kiss or a full embrace)
- Smells (that are often familiar and connected to the deceased, like perfume or pipe smoke or the scent of their favorite flower)
- Synchronicity (when an event, or a sequence of events, that could be dismissed as coincidence, takes on special significance)
- Other ways beyond our ability to imagine
Though contact cannot be guaranteed, is sometimes denied, and deep grief may even block it, we can encourage it. If we open ourselves to its possibility, set aside our doubts and fears, and invite the unexpected, we are more likely to receive the gifts our dead beloveds offer. This is a much more common phenomenon than our materialistic culture easily admits. It is the most powerful antidote for our grief and it can overcome our fear of death by viscerally demonstrating that existence does not end with our final breath.