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Date Posted: 4/11/2008 9:16 PM ET
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and if anyone objects to this I'll end, and I do know there's a forum for thoughts, etc..  But I'm comfortable with this group and don't feel like talking with friends, so  ...

I just got back from New Jersey -- my mother died last weekend.  Has anyone received a "sign" from a loved one who passed away about how they are?  I think I did. 

My brother in law called to say Mom was dying.  I'm in Ohio.  I threw who knows what in a suitcase and got in the car and drove as fast as I could. Wanted to be with her.  I was maybe 4 hours into the trip, and received the call that she had died.  I was too tired to keep going, pulled into a hotel to spend the night.  Opened my suitcase and on top of a white top I'd packed, right in the center, was a penny.  I was shocked.  My mother used to put pennies in our purses and wallets when she gave them to us. 

When I got home, later, I told my family what happened.  Some were with me on the possiblity that it was a communication, others thought absolutely not.

Anyone have some thoughts?

Thanks for indulging me.


Date Posted: 4/11/2008 9:28 PM ET
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well, it sounds to me like it was a sign. I think a lot of us, if not all, have signs that we don't see. Probably either not open to them or just fail to see them. It doesn't sound like you were looking for a sign specifically or trying to make something out to be..the penny had significance to you so I think yes it was a sign for you. sorry to hear about your mom..that's hard to go through :-(

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I believe in that stuff, Karen.  I was in my car driving somewhere right after my dad died, bawling & grieving - which would have driven him nuts, and I heard his voice clear as a bell, like it was coming out of my radio, telling me to suck it up, he was perfectly fine where he was.  I almost drove off into a ditch:P

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 10:01 PM ET
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I believe it was a sign too. I'm so sorry about your mom. She will be with you forever in your heart<3


Date Posted: 4/11/2008 10:03 PM ET
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Karen, I do think things like that do happen--I'm so sorry to hear about your mom, and hugs to you.  May you find comfort as you remember her and your special relationship.

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 10:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/11/2008 11:15 PM ET
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I'm so sorry about your mom. I ,too ,think she definitely sent you a sign.

I had something simular happen to me. One of my oldest girlfriends from high school passed away suddenly at the age of 35 (a blood clot to the lung following surgery). The morning of her funeral i was waiting for another girlfriend of mine to pick me up so we could ride together to the funeral. Of course she was on my mind while i waited for my ride, i thought of all the high school memories we had and was feeling pretty sad. I heard this tapping noise, i brushed it off at first thinking it was nothing since our dog obviously didn't hear it or she would have been barking her head off. I checked the doors to see if my friend arrived yet, nope.Sat down and heard the noise again. Still the dog never reacted to it, very odd! I looked out my front door window and there was a pretty little bluebird perched on the porch railing, it sort of cocked it's little head looking at me and then just flew off. I can't explain it but at that very moment i felt such a calming/peaceful feeling come over me, like she was telling me, " Don't be sad, I'm okay here". My friend loved the color blue and she loved birds. I really felt it was a  sign from her. I never told anyone about the incident, thinking they would call me nuts. Whenever i see a bluebird now, i think she's letting me know she's still around me.

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 11:20 PM ET
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Yep, I totally believe it was a sign too.

Sorry about your mother, it's not easy to lose a parent.

Date Posted: 4/11/2008 11:50 PM ET
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I agree, and believe in signs. 

My sympathy on your mother's passing.  I'm sorry you weren't able to physically make it there, but I'm sure you were with her in spirit and love, which is what matters.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 6:53 AM ET
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Karen -- Pennies from Heaven.....haven't you ever heard that?  It was definitely a sign.  I could go on for hours on this topic as I lost my mother 5 years ago to lung cancer.  I always see a penny in the most odd places and always at just the right time.  Everytime I see them I say, "Hi Mom, I know you're with me."

And it's said that people come back to us through animals like Tanya's experience with a bluebird.  Or through the innocence of babies and children.  

I've been thinking about you all week because I hadn't heard from you and was hoping everything was okay.  Now, I know and I'm so sorry for your loss.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 9:02 AM ET
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I'm so sorry for your loss. I too believe it was a sign.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 10:26 AM ET
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Monica, I thought of you too.  The funeral home, Poulson and Van Hise, is right across from Notre Dame High School.  And a woman I knew from childhood, who became a nun and lived at Notre Dame, came to the calling hours.  I've not seen her since I was a teenager.  For some reason as she was leaving, me, my sister and my cousin were bereft.  Cried and cried. 


Date Posted: 4/12/2008 1:14 PM ET
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possible, but perhaps it was just in the pocket of something and you're reading too much into it.  When my Grandma died, I had dreams of her siting in sunny garden and telling me, "I"m not really gone, you know; you can come visit me here any time."

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 3:10 PM ET
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You have my condolences.  I absolutely believe it was a sign.



Date Posted: 4/12/2008 5:25 PM ET
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Karen -- I know exactly where the funeral parlor is.  Pass it all the time. 

When my mother died the nuns from my high school came, too.  It made me cry harder because it just brought back such happy memories of school and growing up and knowing my mother was always there. 

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 6:54 PM ET
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one thing to add.  The day after I got home, two days after my mother died, we had to run errands -- get dad a sport coat, etc etc.  My sister went into Michael's for floral wire while I was elsewhere.  When we got home she took the floral wire out of her purse and a penny was wedged flat into it. 

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 10:38 AM ET
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That's just too spooky!

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 12:37 PM ET
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I definitely think it was. I have a bit of a fanciful nature, but I feel like if there was anyway she would have been able to communicate she would have! I am very sorry for your loss!



Date Posted: 4/14/2008 12:49 PM ET
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I agree - it was a sign!  I don't normally believe in things like that but after it happened to me I changed my tune.  After my grandmother passed away several people in my family (including me) experienced some weird stuff.  We know it was her - and her way of saying everything was ok.

My condolences about your mom!  Hope you're doing ok!

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 2:25 PM ET
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Sending you and your family lots of healing wishes during such a sad time.  I am so sorry to hear you weren't able to make it time, but she knew you were with her in heart and spirit.

the penny certainly sounds like a sign to me.  I think she was letting you know she will always be with you and that despite your best efforts to get there, she knew you were there with her.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 9:54 PM ET
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My sympathies, Karen.  Who's to say, but I do believe in the possibility,   Believe what you will, and take comfort from it.