10 Signs A Deceased Loved One is Nearby

By Best-selling Paranormal Author Joni Mayhan

Several days after my grandmother passed away suddenly in her sleep, I had a dream about her. In my dream, my mother and I went to my grandmother’s house to clean out her closet so my grandfather wouldn’t have to contend with it. As we came into the house, Nanny was sitting on the couch. I was astounded because nobody else could see her. I rushed to where she sat and said, “Nanny! I thought you died.” She wrapped me in her arms and said, “I did die, but I couldn’t leave without saying goodbye to you.” I was only six years old, but the dream is as clear as it was when it happened.

Since that time, I’ve been a student of the paranormal world, learning as much as possible about what happens to us when we die. One thing I’ve discovered is that loved ones often try to contact us after death. Here are some of the ways they might reach out to you.

1. Dreams


When we sleep, our vibration rises, nearly matching the higher vibration of loved ones in spirit form. Because our subconscious minds are far less cluttered than our waking minds, spirits have an easier time getting through to us. For many, dreams of this nature have a realistic texture to them, not feeling as dreamlike as most dreams. You will also have a higher probability of remembering it, even if you don’t normally remember your dreams. When you have dreams of this nature, pay close attention to them. They might be a message from beyond the grave.


2. Phantom Scents


Loved ones often reveal their presence by sending us scents that we always associated with them. This makes perfect sense, considering scent has the strongest connection to memory recall than any of the other senses.

For some, the scent might be a favorite perfume or the smell of pipe tobacco. For others, it could be the smell of a favorite meal or bread baking. Frequently, the smell is so faint and fleeting, you might attribute it to your imagination, but you shouldn’t. It took a lot of energy for your loved one to send that to you. Appreciate it for the gift it was.


3. Misplaced Items


When you place your reading glasses on your nightstand and find them on the kitchen counter, you might wonder if you’ve lost your mind. I had this happen to me repeatedly until a psychic medium friend clued me in to what was really happening. A family friend who often visited me liked to play pranks on me, similar to the things she did in life. It made me feel much better knowing it was Betty and not the first signs of dementia.

Others might find more obvious signs, like a photo of the departed loved one that refuses to remain upright or a piece of jewelry that continues to turn up in odd places. This is especially significant if the jewelry or item once belonged to the person who is visiting you.


4. Songs


When I’m traveling long distances, I like listening to my ITunes collection through my car stereo. I don’t have to bother with songs I don’t like and there aren’t any commercials to contend with. During a recent trip, one family member sent me a distinct warning. Four songs with the word “angel” in the title played in a row. That definitely got my attention, since my music is set to play randomly

I let them know I was listening and told them to give me the next sign, which was The Kill (Bury Me) by Thirty Seconds to Mars and then Prayer by Disturbed. With my heart hammering in my chest, I put on my blinker and got into the slow lane, reducing my speed down to 5 mph below the speed limit. Moments later, a pickup truck buzzed past quickly, weaving back and forth in the lane with obvious signs of driver inebriation. After that, the next song that came on was Drive by Incubus and then Slow Ride by Foghat. Message received, I drove a bit slower and made it home safely.

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I am a journalist, a blogger and an aspiring author and I write mostly about relationships, abuse, human psychology and spirituality.
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  1. I was dreaming vividly of my mother a few nights ago .. and awoke to the smell of her perfume. She died now nearly two years ago. My father died when I was 14. Every night he came to me and we hugged and I would exclaim "You are still here!" Gradually, he moved further away in my dreams .. sitting by the road at the entrance to our driveway and then he finally moved on. Several years ago I asked my stepfather to bring me a branch of pussywillows when they came to visit me … they were the first sign of spring where I grew up, where he and my mother still lived. they came to visit, and he said he tried to find some but they weren't ready yet. He died two days later. On the day of his funeral, after all was done and everyone was back at the house, I had an urgent need to go back up to the cemetery. Walked up to the grave and just talked to my stepdad, and also my Dad, asking my Dad to accept and take care of my stepdad, that my mother had loved and needed them both. On my way out of the cemetery, I found a branch of pussywillows laying on the ground across the opening in the gate I had come through on the way up to the graves. It was not there when I went up, and there was no one else there. When my mother and I went up the next day, after everyone else had left, there were pussywillow puffs all over. Other things have happened. I don't try to explain .. just try to remain aware.

  2. What I have felt is the knowledge of when my husband was heading for judgment, he stopped for one last time to see his daughter before he left. Before he left this realm, he gave one last look and encounter with her. Our daughter was less than 30 days old when he was murdered. Children of this age are not suppose to be able to focus long on one spot. Yet, while I was taking her picture, she turned her head to the upper corner of the room we were in and kept staring. I took the picture. Also, numerous times I have been in my car and escaped harm or death. Believe I have Guardian Angels who ride with me and protect me. I don't ask for anyone else to believe. The wonderful thing about what we believe is that it is our personal belief and not required of anyone or everyone to do the same. O:)