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Connecting with Loved Ones After Death

Updated on September 3, 2016
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Sage is a professional writer of 14 years, and a Wiccan of 25 years. Her religious ideas and experiences often inspire her work.

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Life After Death

As a Wiccan, there is no specific doctrine in my religion about life after death. However, there is a general consensus among us that there is a spirit, and it does go on after we shuffle off this mortal coil. People's experiences with those who've passed on have always fascinated me-- especially my own.

I know scientists say there's no evidence of life after death, and to the rational part of my brain, I understand that. But I still just can't help having this gut feeling that something more is going on here.

Treasured Keepsakes

I found photo I sent my dad among his things when he died. I also kept the letter he wrote, too. Both are in my scrapbook now.
I found photo I sent my dad among his things when he died. I also kept the letter he wrote, too. Both are in my scrapbook now.

The Rainbow Connection

My dad and I were always very close, but after retiring he moved across the country. We kept in touch with letters on a weekly basis. One week I was having a Memorial Day barbecue, and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky across from my house. It's very rare that I ever see a rainbow; perhaps geography has something to do with it, but I think it was like the third one I'd seen in my whole life up to that point.

I wrote my father telling him about the rainbow and sent him a picture I snapped. My father sent me a letter back, saying he also saw a rainbow and that it connected us for that day.


In My Dad's Words...

Excerpt from his letter.
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In 1997, my father passed away. But I feel as though he's been with me ever since. I've had so many experiences that led me to feel as though he was around; too many to call coincidence. In particular I feel like he uses rainbows to send me a message.

My dad has occasionally appeared to me in dreams, and a rainbow always seems to be behind him. Sometimes when I think of him, I find rainbows from little prisms shining somewhere in the area-- a crystal, a sprinkler, etc.

I remember when I was sick in the hospital and they thought I had lung cancer. I spent the day in a hospital bed in in utter despair, waiting for surgery, badly in need of comfort. There was a wall-to-wall picture window next to my bed, and I turned over to see the biggest, brightest, most amazing double-rainbow I'd ever seen in my life. It was incredible-- I wish I had a camera to show others, but the image is burned into my memory. A sense of calm washed over me and I knew it would be alright. I felt my dad there with me.

After surgery and biopsies, it turned out I did not have cancer; I had a treatable autoimmune disease.

Now, just a couple of weeks ago, I was 'talking to my dad' in my head. I wished he could give me guidance in a decision I had made. I was wondering if I was choosing the right path. The next day, I was driving and I ran into this:

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Coincidence? I Think Not

Some might chalk it up to coincidence, and I admit even I consider that is a possibility. I wondered if maybe it was all just a stroke of chance. After all, it's the rainy season in summer-- if you're going to see a rainbow, this was the time.

Then I get a message out of the blue on Facebook. A friend of mine who lives in my own home town sent me a picture of the building where my dad used to work. He told me he'd just passed it and it made him think of me. It felt like my dad confirming for me, "No, this was no coincidence, it's a message."

Maybe some non-believers would consider me a gullible, naive fool, but I have to go with my heart and my gut on this one-- my dad is still around helping me out when I need it.

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It's Not Just Me

If it were just me, I might think I was crazy. But I've had so many experiences like this, and so have so many other people I know. I've also heard some amazing stories from complete strangers online, on television shows, in books and magazines-- is it all just mass hallucinations and wishful thinking? I guess the debate rages on, but there are those of us who have had experience s that make it hard not to believe.

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I Witnessed A Message

I had a very interesting experience once. I witnessed what I believe was my brother-in-law sending my husband a message. My BIL had just passed away a few months ago. It was the night before my husband's birthday, and he had some birthday balloons they gave him at work tied up to a weight in our bedroom behind the television set.

He and I were in the living room. He was on the computer, facing away from the hallway. I was on the sofa to the side. At midnight, the big balloon that said 'Happy Birthday' apparently came loose from the pack (they were all tied together, so that was odd). It managed to get out of our bedroom and floated down the hall. I watched bobbing through the living room in midair, heading right for my husband. When it got to him, it went around him, stopped in front of him, and sank a couple of feet. It landed right between his face and the computer screen, with the big 'Happy Birthday' message facing him.

I believe it was his brother wishing him a happy birthday. I can't imagine how that one balloon that was written on would get loose and travel all the twists and turns it would need to travel, and that the helium would allow to just sink a couple of feet to be at level height with his head.

Sure, helium balloons get weak and start to sink. But when hubby thanked his brother and moved the balloon, it floated back up and flattened itself against the ceiling. Do helium balloons get a second wind?

Messages from Beyond: A Spiritual Guidebook
Messages from Beyond: A Spiritual Guidebook

Had an experience that is making you wonder if you're crazy? Maybe not. This book is just one of many I've read on messages from the dead, and so many people have had similar experiences that it's really hard to be a skeptic. Reading other people's stories can be very comforting for those coping with a loss.

 

How To Connect with Loved Ones Who Have Died

If you are adamantly convinced that there is no such thing as life after death, or that all spirits are evil, etc., I'm not going to try and convince you otherwise. However, if you are open to the possibility of life after death and that the spirits of the dead may occasionally visit us, then consider that you can connect with them again.

Here are some tips for connecting to a lost loved one:

  • Be open to it. Sometimes, half the battle is just being willing to communicate. If your mind is shut off, you put up mental blocks that will prevent any messages from getting through.
  • Be aware. We can easily miss the signs, but take notice of those little coincidences.
  • Ask them for a message. Often they're eager to oblige, especially if they're someone that loved you very much.
  • Pay attention to your dreams. In your dreams, you're in the perfect state to receive messages from beyond. Our loved ones often take the opportunity to talk with us in dreams for that reason.
  • Hone your psychic skills. Learning to meditate and improve your 'receiver' may help you communicate easier with those who have passed.
  • Don't overdo it. If you're trying to make this person part of your life again as though nothing has changed, you may send them away for a long time. It's not healthy for you to cling to those who have passed. While your loved ones do want to get in touch with you, they don't want you to obsess over it. You'll see them again soon enough; right now, you have a life to live.

Is it real? Is it not real? What's going on here? Well, that's up to you to decide. If you keep an open mind, though, you might be amazed at what you experience.

© 2016 Mackenzie Sage Wright

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      Kristen Howe 9 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Sage, this was beautiful. I love rainbows too. I'm sorry for your loss as well. A month ago, my beloved cat Marshall passed away and headed to the rainbow bridge. I did feel connected to my mother by meeting a woman at the gym on what would've been my mother's 71st birthday and never saw her again. I do have dreams of my mother (and now Marshall) ever now and again. I do talk to them in Heaven, hoping they would help me. Thanks for sharing...

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      Linda Crampton 9 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very interesting hub, WiccanSage. I think that the helium balloon story is especially impressive. I've had some unusual experiences as well. I suspect that there's more to reality than we realize or can generally detect. Thinking about this extended reality and reading about other people's experiences is fascinating.

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      Carolyn Fields 9 months ago from the USA

      My late husband comes to me as a hummingbird. Sometimes he has a message. Sometimes he is just "checking in" - like when I am touching something that used to belong to him "on this side." Oh yes - it's very real.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Kristen thank you, and thank you for sharing your experiences. Sorry about your mother as well. We'll all be together again some day, that's a comfort.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Thanks Alicia. I will never forget that balloon incident, lol. One of the most unexplainable incidents of my life. Thanks for commenting.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Carolyn, I'm sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing your beautiful experiences. I get that 'checking in' feeling too with a couple of people sometimes.

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      catgypsy 9 months ago from the South

      I totally believe that they send us messages. How lucky you are to have your dad sending you so many rainbows. Great Hub!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Thanks Catgypsy; it's a beautiful thing.

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 9 months ago from Indore, India

      Dear Sage,

      I am grateful to you for this lovely hub.

      I was very close to my father. And yet I was not close to him when he died. I keep telling myself that someday I'll meet him and tell him that I lived up tp his ideologies.

      No, in my case there are no rainbows or balloons. But I remember him when I hear his and my favourite song on the radio.

      Dad, I just want to tell you that my brother has let you down due to his alcohol and cigarettes but I am trying my best to give as much as possible to the world before I die. So that I can proudly meet you up there!

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      MizBejabbers 9 months ago

      Sage, I really enjoyed you hub. Thanks for writing it.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing that message with us Sulabha. I'm sorry for your loss, and I'm glad if my hub has brought you even a little comfort or hope.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Thanks MizB :o)

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      W-sage.....I really like this hub. Simply put, I sincerely believe in the concept you write about. I have no doubts at all that I have personally experienced attempts at connecting or making their presence known by departed loved ones. My sister (and dearest friend) especially has gotten my attention several times. She presents as a yellow butterfly, which in itself has a story attached to it.

      You write extremely well and have a talent for engaging your readers. I see many hubs by you I'll be returning to read.

      Again, this is a great read! Peace, Paula

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      Linda Bilyeu 9 months ago from Orlando, FL

      I loved the balloon story and I do believe that our loved ones send us signs. Two weeks ago I requested the assistance of my husband who passed away last year, he came through and saved me $200! :)

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      Paula 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      YES! Thanks, Linda! I can always count on you to remind me of something. I too was astounded by the balloon story. That was about as obvious and clear as possible! Gave me goosebumps!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Paula, thank you for your kind words. I am sorry about the loss of your sister, but I'm happy to hear she is still there for you. I appreciate your comments, thanks so much. ~Sage

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 9 months ago

      Hi Sunshine, wow! That's very cool, what a great help! Blessings to you and thanks for sharing your story. ~Sage

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      sheryl 8 months ago

      I am so glad that you can feel your father close to you. I was very close to my father also, and miss him every day. When ny grandson was born eight years ago, I was holding my precious new born grandbaby in my arms and cooing softly to him, my son, the proud new father was standing behind me with his head on my shoulder listening to the words of love I was speaking to my beautiful grandson. As I was looking at his beautiful little face, it changed to the image of my departed father. It only lasted a few seconds, I looked at my son over my shoulder and then looked back at my adorable grandson, and the image of my loved father had gone. I never said anything to my son that day, as I didn't really understand what had happened! Years later when my grandson was about 4, I told my son what had happened that day, I though my son would say I was cuckoo! But my son said that he saw the exact same transformation happen, and he didn't say anything either as he thought that I would have thought he was cuckoo... I believe my beautiful Dad visited us that day to let us know that he was a proud great grandfather. My grandson has a beautiful nature just like his father and his great grandfather. ❤

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 8 months ago from Indore, India

      Wow. My daughter is pregnant the second time. And I dearly wish to experience this miracle.

      Absolutely great!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 8 months ago

      Sheryl, thanks so much; and thank you for your beautiful story. How amazing! I'm sure your Dad was trying to tell you both he was still there for all of you, including the baby! Thanks for sharing, I have goosebumps!

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