In an online survey conducted recently by Beliefnet, respondents wrote in responses to the question: "Have you ever felt as if a dead person was trying to communicate with you? Describe your experience." Here are a selection of their answers, organized by faith.
I have seen saints or passed on loved ones in the spirit when I am praying, or sitting in my room, smiling for an instant. I feel this is a gift from God to encourage, exhort or comfort through the Holy Spirit when I am missing them... or need assurance I am not alone. I know I always have Jesus, but it helps. They DO NOT speak, nor I with them, just comforting presence.
I believe this is possible, but, it IS NOT the dead "person" doing it, it is a demon and/or evil spirit attempting to gain the trust of that person. That is why NO ONE should partake in ouija boards, psychics/mediums or witchcraft in any form, as they ALL open doors to this kind of activity.
Husband's voice said my name as I was falling asleep while smoking a cigarette.
My aunt passed away years ago but I had a dream in which the phone rang and my aunt was on the line telling my that she arrived in heaven and that it was beyond anything she ever imagined, and that she was with Jesus and He was handsome.
I have experienced an attempt at contact, however, I believe it comes from demons impersonating people who have died.
I lost my son a year ago as a result of an accident at his work place. I believe Mark has talked to me by telling me not to cry for he has only joy where he is. Whatever is going on is making me truly believe in a beautiful hereafter. Whether or not this sounds crazy, I think this is the way of the Lord helping me to be strong.
There is a spirit that remains inside the four walls of my apartment that finds it amusing to turn on and off lights move pictures, open and clothes doors. He doesn't bother me really but it can get spooky when i'm home alone.
I have never felt that but I would give any thing to have that feeling. I truly believe that people have those powers. I have lost two children and I would give any thing to communicate with them.
Right after my daughter was killed I asked for a sign that she was O.K. and the tree in our front yard got one single huge white bloom on it. It has not bloomed before, or since.
Only once; I was 3 1/2 months pregnant, and while cleaning my daughter's room I suddenly felt my mother's presence all around me. Later that night, I began miscarrying. I think my mother was there to take the soul of my unborn child to Heaven.
I believed my father and I had a conversation once, but was told by a Spirit Guide that I had imagined it.
When my mom died, we were going through her things and trying to decide who got what. My brother and sister and I were getting a little testy with each other. Then we decided to pray. We formed a circle with each other as well as some of the grandchildren. While we were praying, I saw my mom in heaven holding a jewel box and pouring out the most beautiful, sparkling jewels out over us. They were just falling over and all around us. Then, she told me that all the stuff we were worrying over was worth nothing. That what we would have when we get to heaven is priceless like the jewels she was showering us with. I stopped our prayer and shared this vision with everyone. After that we were in perfect accord with the distribution of everything. There was never another selfish or hurtful word uttered between us. It was almost 9 years ago.