After-Death-Communication (ADC) is becoming increasingly common. Reported anecdotal awareness of these communication signs from the Other Side is growing at an exponential rate. Are your deceased loved ones sending you signs that you might have missed, in the midst of the heavy grieving?

Signs of after-death-communication are sent the most frequently and strongly by the deceased 3 to 15 days after death. Although it’s always possible to receive these signs of communication a couple of months following their death. It all depends on the journey of the individual’s soul after death. So don’t stress if you are not receiving any signs from them yet. Just ask, and you shall receive, in time.

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Sometimes we notice these signs, but we either over-analyze it, or rationalize it away. Thinking “No, this can’t be,” or “It’s all in my head, I’m going crazy,” or you let other people convince you that you are crazy.

If you hadn’t experienced it yourself, you wouldn’t believe it were true. I’m here to tell you: You’re not crazy, your deceased loved one IS trying to make contact with you. They want you to know that everything is okay, that they are okay.

Typically, these signs will stand out in an unusual way. You will know whether it’s your loved one reaching out. Trust your intuitive center, trust your inner knowing, trust your gut feelings.

Note: my personal experiences with these signs are italicized after each explanation. Feel free to skip to the next sign if you only want to read about the meaning of each individual sign.

Here are 11 ways they might have tried to send you messages of love and comfort, letting you know they are still here:



We all know the saying, “When feathers appear, angels are near.” This is one of the most common signs sent to us by a deceased loved one shortly after their “crossing over” into the Spirit realm.

White feathers are a sign that the angels are with you right now. It signifies comfort, peace, purity, and protection. It’s also one of the most common colors of feathers sent to us by angels on behalf of our deceased loved one. Of course, other colors are also possible. If a feather floats onto your path out of the blue, then it’s most likely a sign of comfort from Spirit.

Black feathers are a sign of protection from negative energies, or a sign of spiritual initiation.

A few weeks after my fiance passed away, there were several instances where I was driving, and a random white feather would float across my windshield. It would disappear as soon as I did a double-take. Recently, I was taking a sip of water at the park after a good run, and a gray feather drifted down from the sky right in front of me. I looked up for evidence of a bird flying by, but couldn’t see a single one.


Since your deceased loved one is now freed from all physical restrictions, they are able to manifest a part of their energy into tiny animals, and insects. Of course, they would choose to borrow the body of those that are colorful (easy to spot), and those that can fly (easier to keep up with you).

Seeing butterflies means your loved one is now free of all pain and suffering. Spotting dragonflies means the Universe is taking you on a spiritual journey, or you are about to experience a spiritual awakening.

One of the most shocking experiences occurred on the third night after his death. At around 10:30 PM, a bee landed onto the couch I was sleeping on and quietly stayed there the entire night watching me sleep. (Yes, some of you might think it’s creepy, some might think it’s sweet. Trust me, I did too.)

I drifted in and out of sleep due to having heart palpitations the entire night. Deep inside, I knew it was him. And the palpitations was his way of trying to communicate with me intuitively. At dawn, the bee disappeared. His family checked all windows and doors afterwards, everything was shut tight. There was no way the bee could have gotten in, or out. We have always had an inside joke about bees.

The 6 months following my fiance’s death, I had never seen as many butterflies as I had in my 20-something years of existence. I saw yellow butterflies, black butterflies, monarch butterflies, yellow and black butterflies…everywhere!


Birds are another common sign of communication from your deceased loved one. Like the above sign, they would choose to borrow the energy of small animals that can fly, or easy to spot to get your attention.

Doves are a sign of peace and comfort straight from Heaven. Their “cooing” songs of mourning reflect the peace and comfort your deceased loved one wishes to send you.

I was walking to my car after buying some flowers to visit his niche when a dove coo-ed at me from atop a light the entire time.

“When a cardinal appears in your yard, it’s a visitor from heaven.”

Cardinals are a direct manifestation of your deceased loved one’s Spirit.

Before the death of my fiance, I had never seen a real cardinal before. I’ve been seeing it from time to time ever since the first anniversary of his death. Whenever I see it, I stop and thank him out loud for visiting me.



Seeing your favorite flowers, his/her favorite flowers, or other symbolic flowers bloom in your garden, or bloom out of season, are all signs of comfort from your deceased loved one.

Sunflowers are one of the most common flowers Spirit likes to send us. Our deceased loved ones encourages us to cheer up, to live more joyfully by sending us sunflowers.

Roses are another popular flower Spirit likes to send us as they represent love. Crimson red means deep love. White represents peace and remembrance.

One evening, I was on my way up the flight of stairs to our apartment a few weeks after his death when a random sunflower appeared on the cement alley way, just a few steps from the stairs. There was another time when I felt worse than usual while grieving, and I cried out loud that I missed him a lot. The next day while driving, I saw a single sunflower bloom on an empty field of grass by the side of the freeway. I drive by that field almost everyday and have never seen a sunflower there.


Seeing rainbows means your loved one is vowing that they would never leave you. They will always be there for you during times of need, and times of celebration. They will always look after you.

The day after his internment, I saw rainbows in the sky 3 times over the next several days.



Your deceased loved one might try to make their presence known through your sense of smell. Did he or she smoke? If so, you might catch a whiff of tobacco, or cigarettes in your vicinity where there are none. Did he or she have a favorite food? You might smell a sweet aroma of cupcakes, or some BBQ wings, or their favorite perfume, out of nowhere. This is one of the ways they are letting you know they are near.

Another common scent is the fragrance of fresh flowers. This is a great sign that they have crossed over and they are doing well on the Other Side.

One morning at work a few weeks after his death, I walked by the table where he sat when he used to visit and caught a whiff of the aroma of fresh flowers. We’ve never brought in any flowers, or flowery scented things.


Because your deceased loved one is now pure energy, they have the ability to manipulate electricity in any form. For instance, they might flicker the light, blow out some light bulbs, or mess with the radio, or the TV. These are all indications of their presence.

It’s perfectly okay, and normal to be afraid when you are receiving these signs, especially if you’ve never experienced anything like this before. This was one of the signs that used to scare me the most. If this sign scares you, just ask them to tone it down a bit, or to use another sign.

One evening shortly after his death, I was crying on the couch with the TV on some random channel. I asked him whether he was still here. Minutes later, the TV switched to his favorite channel on its own, and intermittent static would appear. The TV was only a few months old, and we’ve never seen any static on it before.

The night right after his death, the light bulb in our room blew out. The day of his internment, the light bulb in our closet blew out. These were relatively new light bulbs that we’ve never had issues with.



You might be having a rough day and you suddenly hear your love song, your favorite song, or their favorite song on the radio. They will try to speak to you by playing the song(s) with the exact lyrics they want you to hear. It’s not just a mere coincidence. This is a sweet reminder that they are still with you.

During those quiet car rides to his chemotherapy sessions, I would turn on a certain playlist and let it run. There were several instances where I would visit a nearby coffee shop and those exact songs would play in the exact same order as it did on the playlist.


Another physical sign your deceased loved one would send you is in the form of number combinations. For example, you would see any numbers that represent the dates of special occasions, like your birthday, his/her birthday, your anniversary, their date of death. They would usually appear on license plates, or billboards, advertisement, or receipt papers, or transaction totals. Number signs calls for an entire blog post of its own.

After his death, I told him to send me the number combination of the date of our anniversary. Since then, I’ve seen that combination countless times. Whenever it appears, I know that he’s here.


Another common occurrence of visitation, or communication from your deceased loved one is when they appear in your dreams. Typically, these visitation dreams will leave you with an overall sense of love, warmth, joy, and peace. Some have even reportedly seen their loved one vibrantly smiling, and wrapped in Divine light.

Dreams that leave you feeling frightened, sad, or unease are generally from your subconscious mind. It’s still a good sign since it indicates you are processing your emotions and experiences on a subconscious level. Even if you do see your deceased loved one in it, it’s most likely not a true visitation dream.

Don’t worry if the visitation dream occurred to a close friend, or relative instead of you. Sometimes our loved ones can’t get through to us because we are so overwhelmed with grief. Or it’s simply because your loved one is still trying to acclimate to the Other Side. They might be in the process of learning how to appear in your dreams. Just ask, and be patient.

The times that I’ve seen my fiance in my dreams were my subconscious trying to process the entire experience. Though there were a few times when I felt loved and a sense of joy washed over me while I was fast asleep. I knew that was him. But I’ve never seen him “appear” in my dreams like others have.


We are all connected to each other on an energetic, soul level. The only difference is your loved one is now without a physical body. If you have never exercised your intuitive sensing muscles, it may be a little challenging to sense them. However, with just a bit of practice, you will be able to sense their presence.

It is typically easier to sense your loved one shortly after their passing over because their energetic body is still dense. The longer the time passes after their death, (let’s say a year, or a few years later) the more difficult it would be to sense them as they get lighter on the vibrational scale. By then, would take more effort from both parties (you AND them) to meet each other half way in order to make contact.

When they are near, you might notice a sudden change in air pressure, or room temperature. You might experience sudden chills even when the air conditioner isn’t running. Or alternatively, you may feel a sudden warmth and love has blanketed over you.

You might experience a pull in your gut, in your solar plexus area. You might also experience increased heart rates, and/or anxiety. That’s because they are trying to equalize their vibrational frequency with yours in order to connect with you on an energetic level.

Some claim to feel a touch on their shoulder. Some feel an energetic hug. Energetic hug feels like getting goosebumps over your entire body. It can also be described as slight tingling, or buzzing sensations on your skin.

I haven’t been able to sense my fiance lately as well as before. Partly because it’s no longer necessary for him to visit as often. And because he is probably lighter than a feather now. It would take him to send me physical signs for me to recognize his presence. And don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for specific signs. They love to let us know that they are still watching over us.

***EDIT: The day after I’ve published this post, I received more guidance and confirmation from Spirit. Here I write about the sign I received and that I’ve missed on this post.

These are some of the most common signs that a deceased loved one is reaching out after “passing over.” Our loved ones want to send us words of comfort to let us know that they are doing well. They wish to remind us not to get too caught up in the mourning process that we forget to live our lives.

If you are ever afraid, just tell them to use an alternative sign. And you can absolutely still talk to them, they will hear you! If you haven’t received a sign yet, feel free to ask for one. They will reach out as soon as they can.

Remember, some of these signs might not appear in its real, physical form. If you’ve asked to see butterflies, for instance, you might see them on TV, printed on an advertisement, or as wall art. Not necessarily in its 3D form. So keep an open mind, and be on the look out.

Sometimes though, they must move on in order to further their soul growth and their evolution. So when you are ready, give them permission to move on. They will come back to visit when they can. One of the core lessons in life is learning how to let go.

Your connection to them will never die. Love never dies.

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Did I miss any signs that you have recently received from your loved one in Spirit? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below! Or if you found this blog post helpful, please share this with a grieving friend or family member.