Signs from Loved Ones: Is there life after death?

Keeping an open mind, I believe we can find signs from our loved ones if we accept that it is possible.

My latest sign came from my mom on Mother’s Day.  I spent the day with my sister.  This is our third year without calling mom or sending her flowers.  We didn’t get to have lunch with her so we made plans to visit the Sarasota Jungle gardens and go to lunch with some of our family members. We both miss our mom so a sister is a good substitute.

In our family we have pretty much agreed that seeing a red male cardinal is a visit from our dad.  I don’t see them as much here in Florida, but that is our sign.  For my mom, we got a bit trickier.  She sends us white dolphins.

When the butterfly landed on my beer can and started sipping as I sat in a poolside lounge chair in Thailand on the first anniversary of Mike’s death, I took that as a sign that he was still with me. I visited a psychic medium a few months after Mike died and she told me that he send me blue jays.  Sure enough, I used to see one fly in front of my car on my 3 minute commute to work every day.  I don’t see too many blue jays down here in Florida.

Immediately after he passed, his cousin and mother started finding dimes in the craziest of places. They felt strongly that these were signs.

I spent an amazing summer weekend with the Forever Family Foundation in Connecticut the first year after my husband died. I had a positive experience bonding with other people going through grief. Several certified psychic mediums did group readings and I was fortunate to have Mike come through with messages for me during those sessions.

After the weekend, I bought a book by five year anniversary of our first date and it is true, life goes on.

I wonder how this effects what I had with Mike. People say  “he’d want you to be happy” but knowing him, I think he would not be so happy that I was married someone else. This used to worry me and give me guilt wrenched nightmares.  So I asked Mike to send me a sign.  Is he OK with all of this?

I went to see the author Laura Lynn Jackson at the Book Revue in Huntington. She read part of her book “Signs”  and gave an encouraging talk about how we can all learn to understand the messages sent from the other side.

I have seen her work as a psychic medium with a large group before and was overwhelmed with the messages she gave to others.   She made it clear that you don’t need to see a psychic medium to connect with loved ones who have crossed over. She says they are trying to connect with us and we just have to be open and listen.

She ended her presentation with a homework assignment. She said butterflies and birds and dimes are too easy. Challenge your loved ones with a specific request. Something out of the ordinary. Pick a number sequence and an animal and a word or phrase. Tell them to send it to you and they will find a way to do it.

So while waiting in line to get our books signed my friend and I picked 2 animals. She chose penguin and I said baby giraffe.

The next morning my friend texted me a picture. She excitedly sent me a photo that appeared on her Facebook page of a penguin! Later while putting books away in my kindergarten classroom I scanned through a book to see if I should donate it or keep it and sure enough, skimming quickly I landed on a page with a giraffe.  A baby giraffe!  I had to laugh.

baby giraffe

I chose a word as well. A tricky word from one of Mike’s favorite songs called Waterloo Sunset. Sunset seemed too easy, so I picked “Waterloo”.

In the afternoon I was going to read a book to my class about sea animals because I had this cute jellyfish project to make with them. As I sat down in my reading chair, I happened to see Dr. Seuss’s 𝑨𝑩𝑪 book and told the kids I love this book so we’ll read this one first. Wasn’t I shocked when I got to the W page:


My eyes popped out of my head as I stumbled over the words. I really did get chills.

I think Mike gives me signs that he is OK and watching over us.  Asking for specific signs like Laura suggested seemed far fetched at first, but it really did work. 

So after our Mother’s Day visit to the jungle garden and a delicious lunch in Sarasota, we walked into mom’s favorite artist’s shop in St. Armands Circle.  She swam with dolphins back in the 1980’s at Discovery Cove, before it was a thing that everyone could do on vacation.  She loved the beach and dolphins and always visited the Wyland gallery when in the area.  As my sister and I walked into the shop, the first piece we saw was a large framed lithograph of 3 white dolphins.  It is perfect for a wall in our Florida home and I am sure mom had something to do with that! It was almost getting a hug from her on Mother’s Day.


Challenge yourself today and I hope you get the signs you want!

Signs From Beyond


At the age of 51 I unexpectedly became a widow. For the first 6 months after my husband died, I was in shock and numb. I journaled and with the help of friends, family and therapists was able to get back to living my old life, even if it is now very different. Before I was married, I had spent a semester in England and backpacked around Europe. My husband and I moved from New York to California for 8 years and started a family. Travelling took a back seat to raising a family and going to work everyday. Since the loss of my husband I have visited a lot of places with family and friends and took a solo trip to Thailand. I am enjoying sharing my stories and adventures as well as some of my insights to how I am traveling the path of being a widow. I hope to share my stories and adventures as well as some thoughts on being a middle aged widow. While I have some great experiences traveling to Thailand and cruising to Central America, some of my adventures involve a trip to see a Broadway show in nearby Manhattan and a shopping trip at Bed, Bath and Beyond. If I can inspire anyone to go out and continue to live a good life that would be my greatest accomplishment.

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10 Responses

  1. Dianne says:

    Love that triple header you got!!! Signs all point in the right direction for you ❤

  2. cedar51 says:

    step forward next week when your next chapter begins (officially)…every relationship grows as you also move along in the forthcoming decades…enjoy

  3. Kathy says:

    I just discovered your blog. My husband died in January 2020. He had been sick for eight years, on Hospice at home the last 18 months. I was his primary caregiver. We were happily married 42 years.

    You already have a boyfriend!!
    I am so sad and lonely. I am terrified that I will be alone and lonely for the rest of my life. I try to “be social “ but how am I supposed to do that with THE COVID?? Anyway my self esteem is nonexistent (hence the terror) I was hopeful for gaining insight here. I hope I can glean some wisdom and a plan of action. I really don’t want to be alone the rest of my life! I want to have a lot of friends and have fun just like you! I admire your attitude and I’m glad you found someone. I hope I can too

    • runawaywidow says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. 42 years is a long time. Congratulations ❤️Due to COVID it is tough to get out and meet people. I do have friends who are still chatting on some dating sites and even some people going out. You have the right attitude. It’s time for you now. Have some fun adventures.

  4. Liz Donroe says:

    Definite signs and hope you feel comfort from them💕

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