10 Signs Your Deceased Loved One Is Nearby (And Still With You)

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It's hard coping with the death of someone you were close with. But we've all lost someone. It's a harsh reality of life.

Spirits contact the living for a variety of reasons. But even though they’re physically gone, they can still be near us from time to time.

Here are 10 signs your deceased loved one is nearby and still with you.

1. You suddenly smell them.

When the spirit of a loved one is near, it can manifest in a number of ways. One of the more common ways is scent.

The way someone smells is often the strongest connection to them. It can be the smell of pipe tobacco or perfume, or even the odor of your favorite food being prepared.

Appreciate it. It's a message being sent directly to you.

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2. They appear in your dreams.

Our subconscious minds are more open to the spirit world, often allowing them to come in. Dreams involving spirits tend to be incredibly realistic and not very dreamlike.

Pay close attention to what they might mean. It could be a message from beyond the grave.

3. Your items randomly go missing.

It can feel like you've lost your mind when you find items have been moved from the place you know you left them. It could be a dead relative or friend playing a joke on you.

It sounds silly, but just because they're dead doesn't mean they've lost their desire to screw with you. Laugh it off.

4. You have unusual thoughts that aren't your own.

You may experience having thoughts that don't feel like yours, almost like your internal monologue has been co-opted.

If you feel like you've had a foreign thought, take some time to think about it. Especially when your inner monologue starts talking to you as if it isn't you.

5. They show a presence at their own funeral.

According to James Van Praagh, a renowned psychic, our spirits attend their own funerals. They roam the room, trying to comfort their loved ones and give them signs that everything is OK.

Often, because people are so absorbed in their grief, these signs go unseen. When attending a funeral, stay open to the signs they offer.

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6. You hear their voice randomly.

It's common to hear the voice of your deceased loved one after they have passed. Much like having thoughts that aren't your own, their "voice" may manifest as your own inner voice.

Other times, you may hear their voice outside of yourself. It might be strange, but hopefully it brings some comfort.

7. Certain objects or symbols appear to you.

People whose loved ones have crossed over claim that it's common to find or see objects like feathers, coins, stones or their personal items appear.

This is your loved one's way of showing that they are with you.

8. A butterfly lands on you.

Some cultures believe that when a butterfly lands on you, it's your loved one reaching out with an angelic message. No matter where the butterfly lands on the body, consider it a sign.

There are also people who claim to have received mental images of their loved one upon the butterfly landing on them.

9. You hear music they loved.

Did your loved one have a specific song that they would listen to or had a strong connection with? You may hear their song playing in a random store, on the radio, or begin humming it.

When this happens, your family member or friend who has passed on is letting you know that they are with you at that moment.

10. Your pets sense a presence.

Dogs and cats are especially sensitive to the presence of spirits, and you may notice a change in their behavior: ears perking up, whining, eyes becoming dilated, looking in a certain direction, hissing or barking, or a tail wagging.

Trust that your pet isn't just imagining things; it is, in fact, your loved one nearby.

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