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I Had A Sign From The Spirit World - My Auntie Sent It To Me Just After She Died

Updated on March 19, 2017
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Auntie Marion

My Mum died of cancer when I was only 6 years old. After she died one of her sisters, my Auntie Marion, used to come over to clean our house and help look after us on her day off from work.

I often say us or we instead of me because I have a twin sister and as little girls even though we sometimes fought like cat and dog we came as a pair, and I can´t think of myself in childhood as just me . So you will please have to excuse the us´s and we´s and Me´s.

I loved auntie Marion so much. She was kind and loving and always smelled lovely. Like my Mam she had a way about her of making everyday things seem really special. A good thing to have in those days when money was scarce and you had a big family.

I remember once throwing a paddy because I wanted a Banana sandwich for my tea but we only had jam. Auntie Marion didn´t bat an eyelid but instead explained that the Queen would love to eat jam sandwiches for her tea but unfortunately that wasn´t allowed in Buckingham palace. Of course this then made my plate of Jam sandwiches seem something really grand and delicious, and the banana sandwich was forgotten.

Except for my eldest sister. Auntie Marion was in effect the only Mother figure we had for quite a number of years. Both me and my twin looked forward so much to her regular Tuesday visits and often would go and wait for her bus to arrive at the village stop. When it did we would see her big beautiful smile and she would hug us both tightly to her, before walking us home hand in hand.

Eventually my Dad found someone and fell in love. When he got married auntie Marion stopped coming to our house. It was devastating and no one explained why. In those days I suppose it wasn´t the done thing to discuss such things with children, the feeling being that children just bounce back, and in a way they do, but not without consequences, believe me.


Reunited

I have no idea why we were not taken to visit auntie Marion occasionally after she felt she could no longer come to our house. But at least I managed to get an address when I grew up and was able to contact her.

It was lovely to know where she was and that she was still alive. I longed to see her but something was holding me back. Maybe self preservation or I was still hurting from her abandonment I just can´t tell you why.

We started to correspond and also talk on the phone occasionally. I moved quite a bit after leaving home at 17, eventually getting married and moving to the south coast of England. But we kept in touch. It was lovely to get her letters. They always cheered me up and made me laugh. She had a real old sense of humour, and a chuckle that would set anyone laughing with her.

I remember going back to Yorkshire to visit relatives, when I lived in Bognor Regis, and found that my twin had made arrangements for us both to go and visit auntie Marion. My daughter was with us too. I still felt really nervous about actually seeing her as it had been years by this time since I had, and even though we had kept in touch, it´s not the same as actually being with someone. What if the visit was strained and we ran out of things to say to each other ? What if actually meeting her for the first time in an age after wanting to for so many years didn´t go well, or felt like an anti climax ? I needn't have worried so much because the first thing we did was have a great big hug and a cry and then sit down for a cuppa and chat.

We had a couple of lovely hours together before it was time to leave. I knew it was unlikely that I would see her again because of the distance between where we lived. But at least I´d seen her at long last. And that did count for a lot.

She Really Believed In Angels

In 2002 my husband and I moved to Spain to start a new life. We were really happy here but just 3 months into our " New Life" I could see my lovely husband wasn´t well and it turned out he had incurable lung cancer. Despite 18 months of intensive treatment it spread and he died in 2004. He does remain with me in spirit though, and for that I am truly grateful.

During all this time and after he died, auntie Marion did her best to keep me going with letters and occasional long phone calls.

I learned a lot about her in this time and discovered she really did believe in angels. She told me often that my own Mam had seen one when she was a child. And always to call upon my guardian angels when I needed help. She said she did this all the time and they never let her down. She also sent me a book on guardian Angels.

A Terrible Phone Call

In 2010 I got a phone call to say auntie Marion had been found unconscious at her flat and taken into hospital . The doctors thought she had suffered a stroke at first and things weren´t looking good.

The next day I had another call to say she had regained consciousness and had been able to talk, but not to get my hopes up because it wasn´t a stroke she had suffered but a burst bowel, and there was nothing that could be done, except keep her comfortable and out of pain until she passed away.

She died the next day.

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She Sent Me A Sign

I was devastated when I got the news of her death and cried for day´s. I knew she was out of pain and no longer suffering. But I wanted it not to be true, I wanted her back. I´d lost enough people I loved and this just wasn´t fair.

The circumstances of her death were also really upsetting. How long had she been unconscious in her flat before she was found? Had she suffered? Had she been in pain a long time and kept it to herself? It was awful thinking all these things and knowing there would be no more cheerful letters from her. She had gone and that was it.

Except it wasn´t.

A few days after she died, my dogs were going mad for me to take them for a walk. It was a really hot day and I didn´t feel much like walking about in the heat, but they were so insistent, that I had to.

My mind was stuffed with thoughts about auntie Marion´s death as the dog´s and I started our walk, and I had that awful feeling you have of deep sadness and what feels like an obstruction inside your chest, that comes with grief.

We hadn´t gone far, when we rounded a bend in the track and I could see something white ahead of me, laying on the ground.

As we got closer I could see it was a White feather.. which I know is a sign of an angels visit.

The moment I saw and picked up this feather, a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and a big grin spread across my face.

Auntie Marion knew I would know the significance of this feather in my path, and I felt she had arranged for it to be there so I would know she had got to where she was going, and was happy.

All I could do was look up to the sky and say " Thank you auntie Marion " Because now I knew she was ok.


The last Word

I do believe we have guardian Angels looking out for us. I´m not so sure about the whole wings and halo bit. I tend to think of them as our loved one´s in the spirit world, coming back to help us when we need them.

Just before and after auntie Marion´s death, a lot of pigeons had for some reason started flying up to where I live and landing in a tree next to the house. That in itself was a bit odd as it had never happened before and I had lived here for 10 years.

Undoubtedly the feather I found came from one of those pigeons, but why a white feather instead of a brown or grey one? And why directly in my path just after she died ?

For me the only explanation was, it was arranged to fall where it did, and be the colour it was, because auntie Marion knew I would understand exactly what it meant.

I was unable to attend auntie Marion´s funeral, but was asked by another niece if there was anything I would have liked to say at the service had I been there. I sent an email about her strong belief in Angels and me finding this white feather and what I felt about it. The entire, long message was read out by the vicar conducting the service with such glee apparently, that he too must have thought the same as me.



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In Loving Memory

In Memory of my dear auntie Marion- She couldn´t half make me laugh- I miss you love x

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      Anne 3 years ago from Spain

      for taking the time to read and leave such a lovely comment. Of course I still have that feather and always will, and I do think of Auntie Marion whenever I look at it. I know our loved ones come back to us when we need them most and my lovely auntie Marion is with them. Hugs to you Mystic and give your hawk an extra wave from me when you next see him :)

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      MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

      Hello bac2basics :) Wow, what a beautiful, beautiful Hub. Your aunt was an angel in life and no doubt in passing as well. How wonderful of her to send you that feather, knowing all the while that you would instantly know it was a message from her! Just beautiful. It is moments like these that touch our hearts forever. She knew this fact and knew that you would never forget it and inturn, never forget her.

      It was so wonderful to read this lovely and heartwarming Hub. I have voted it up and I'm anxious to read more of your Hubs! Blessings to you and when I see a white feather, I will always think of your experience :)

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi KJ. I think those of us who are open and ready to accept messages and signs from out departed loved one´s are the lucky one´s. If I didn´t feel the prescence of those who have gone on ahead, especially my dear late husband, I don´t know how I would ever cope. Kismet indeed that we should have discovered this hidden bond.

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      bac2basics...Lovely write..I too have an Auntie that took care of me in the UK, as my father was affliated with the gov't and traveled the world( mum traveled with him) then they came to US..leaving me in UK..my parents are now gone, my Auntie is 90 and leaves in US now..and we speak on the phone 2-3 x's a week...however..I always know when something is awry..there is a connection..and always will be..I still feel the presence of my Dad and it's been almost 30 yrs..really enjoyed your share..this is our connection..this is our " kismet " my friend...

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hello Vincent. I am so pleased that you got to speak with your departed loved one. I think it´s quite common for those we love in the spirit world to come back to us in dreams but we cannot always hear what they have to say. How lovely for your mind to be at rest now, keep an open mind as there are bound to be other signs that you are still being visited and guided as well as loved.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hello wheatbaybay. I thank you for your apology and I appreciate it, but really it wasn´t necessary. I know there are those who believe and those who don´t and that´s OK. I am just lucky and as you wrote " Blessed" that I do , it´s a great comfort to me and many others who have an open mind that their experiences are real. Have a great year :)

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      wheatbaybay 4 years ago

      I never meant to sound so cruel in my last post. But all I was saying is that I never personally experienced such things. I have lost loved ones that were close to me and some not so close and never had an experience of seeing them or having any communication from them. Maybe my mind it not as open as open a yours, but if this did happen to you then you should concern yourself lucky and blessed.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hello again Wiccansage. I agree with you but realise there are many people who need scientific explanations, what gets up my nose are the people who say they don´t believe and then go on to tell you about an experience they have had, but won´t climb off the fence and admit to believing in case they appear foolish. I am so glad I do believe.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

      I personally don't see how people can not believe. The evidence is so clear. This is a beautiful story, thanks so much for sharing.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Good Morning Craiglyn. Auntie Marion was lovely and supported me almost all my life until she died. I now believe she still does, but from a different place. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment,I always appreciate that. :)

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A lovely story Annie. I believe we all must have a favourite aunt; mine was Aunt Mary. I have heard of finding feathers after a loved one's death, but this is one thing I have not experienced. It is interesting all the different signs we can receive to let us know our loved ones are OK and that they are still looking over us.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hello Eric. Nice to hear from you and thank you so much for reading and making a great comment. I am not religious as such..agnostic maybe, but I do certainly believe in Angels and those we loved in life coming back in spirit to help and guide us. Keep well my friend, and keep writing those oh so important hubs of yours.

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      Eric Dunbar 4 years ago from New Orleans

      There are many things that are unexplained, but because we cannot explain or prove them doesn't necessarily mean that they are not real. The Bible says that angels are God's ministers that are sent forth to minister for us. After all, angels ministered to Jesus in the wilderness when He was in need, did the not?

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi catgypsy. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it set me off too. It is a great comfort to all of us who can feel our guardian angels presence or are open enough to believe in them even if we can´t feel when they are close. A curious thing I find, is when someone say´s " I don´t believe in all that rubbish" but then has a near miss and says " phew that was close..someone must have been watching out for me" Have a great day catgypsy, and if you are going to read anymore of my stuff, specially do our loved one´s stay with us in spirit..get the tissues out.

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      I am drying the tears (literally) from my eyes! What a beautiful and touching story. I do believe in angels and, like you, think they are our loved ones that have passed looking out for us. I've had some amazing experiences along these lines and it is so comforting. I'm so glad your Aunt gave you the sign she did. Really lovely hub.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Barbara. There you go then...she left them for you. I think our loved one´s are really close just after death, but then drop in from time to time as the years go on, Always´s when you need them the most. Thank you so much for reading and your comment.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I believe angels are watching over us. According to the Bible they are distinct beings from people. When my sister was dying she said to watch for quarters and when we found one to remember her. In the US they are worth 1/4 of a US dollar. After she died we found quarters in the strangest places. We don't find them very often though now, but after her death we found them just when we needed the comfort.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Jama and Petra.Many thanks for your great feedback. I really appreciate it. It is so hard to carry on when you have lost someone you loved. I know the both of you have lost your soul mates. I too feel sorry for those who can not or don´t feel their loved one´s with them in spirit, or believe in the possibility. I don't know where I would be if I didn´t believe they are still here watching out and helping me along. Everything I write about really is from my own true experiences, and Jama, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind at all that the feather was arranged to be there from my auntie Marion.She knew if anyone would see the significance in this , it would be me.

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      Petra Vlah 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      I believe that for the lucky ones who had a great connection in life, the death does not mean the end of it. I am talking from my own experience and, since I found myself doing things I though I was not capable of, I DO believe the guidance comes from my late husband's desire to help me go ahead.

      As it happens we also had plans to move to Spain and only his heart attack prevented that from happening. I will not move to Spain on my own, but everything else we planed together will be continued.

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      Joanna McKenna 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      b2b, there's not a doubt in my mind your auntie Marion put that white feather in your path to let you know she was "okay" on the Other Side!

      I actually feel rather sorry for people who either aren't open to communication with recently departed loved ones or the loved one doesn't want to communicate!

      When a cousin died from cancer in her early forties, there was NO doubt she reached across to "touch" all of us after the viewing. When we left the funeral home that evening, storm clouds were just forming. By the time we got back to her home for the post-viewing repast with her husband and children, it was thundering and lightning, and raining hard. As soon as we were inside the house, the power went off and we were in total darkness.

      Not a problem, as Cousin had been a candle maker and even had a tiny shop on the town's high street. Her candles were in every room of the house, so we all dashed around to grab a candle. As soon as everyone had one and had it lit, it stopped raining and the lights came back on! Not sure how a spirit causes a storm or a power outage, but it was certainly a dramatic way for Cousin to make her presence known at her own wake! ;D

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Red. Many thanks for reading and leaving a wonderful comment. I am so pleased you found some comfort from my story.

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      Beautiful and heartfelt, I loved reading your experience (and such a wonderful way with words :)). Comforting, too, for all of us who have lost anyone close to us. Many thanks for sharing - so uplifting.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hello faceless39. Thank you so much for reading and your fantastic comment. I hope you dried those tears.I still do miss the letters from auntie Marion, and her occasional phone calls too. But I know she´s just in another room, maybe with my late husband, pulling out all the stops when I need her help and strength, and that´s a great comfort to me.

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      Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Bac2basics, what a heartfelt and touching story that I think we can all relate to. It's not often I come across a hub that brings tears to my eyes, but you did just that.

      I love the way you write! Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hello amymarie. I am very sorry for your losses too. It´s very hard to get through I know. I´m really pleased my story gave you some comfort. Just believeing really is the key .

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      amymarie_5 4 years ago from Chicago IL

      I am so comforted after reading this hub. I've lost some people who I was very close to and I want to believe that they are looking over me.

      I'm sorry for your losses but I'm also very happy to know that you still have them in spirit.

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      Andrew Aballa 4 years ago from Kisumu, Kenya

      Well I guess so. It is nice knowing that someone is always looking after us from another world..

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Habbala.Thank you so much for your comment.It was nice that your father came to you in dreams.I think the spirit of the dead person is very much with us when they first pass over but in time they leave us to get on with their own things on the other side, but come back occasionally to see us and also help support us when time are difficult. Just my own view.

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      Andrew Aballa 4 years ago from Kisumu, Kenya

      This is moving. Where I come from we believe that the dead communicate with us through dreams. When my father died many years ago, he could come in our dreams and talk with us etc.. However, the dreams waned with time and I never get them anymore. What I do not know is whether that was a guardian angel or was just a subconscious illusion that I had in my mind. Whether it was a sign or not, am glad it healed your spirit..

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi wheatbaybay.I think I was just fortunate to get this sign from my Aunt. Perhaps I was just open to it at that time. My Mum died when I was only 6 and no matter how much I wished to see her again It didn´t happen and I was not aware of her prescence either.Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn´t.Believing in such things is personel, but if you do believe you are more likely to see the signs you are being sent. Thanks for your comment.

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      wheatbaybay 4 years ago

      I think that when you die that's it no more communicating with the living world Lazarus after having been risen from the dead by Jesus himself never said what he experienced while he was died his sisters never said that Lazarus communicate with them after he died. People grieve and I think this is a way to deal with the lost of a love one I have lost several family members that I was lose to and I never experienced communication of any kind from them .

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