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A strong love connection has no limitations. It is above time and space and the end of physical life will not diminish this love. Even so, what a joyous reunion it is to see a loved one again, hear their words, and feel their embrace.

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Our lives are a collection of moments. Experiences and memories weave together to create the fabric of who we have become in the present. Our loved ones: family members, friends, and even pets play a huge role in our journey through life. The moments when we lose our loved ones can be some of the darkest in our story, but they do not have to be. The loss of a loved one is not the end of your love story!

My mother, Patricia, passed away on Mother’s Day in 1998. I was sixteen years old. My mother had been a part of almost every moment, experience, and memory that made up the fabric of my life. The thought of having to carry on and create new memories without her seemed overwhelming. Thank God for God! I have come to know that we are all in God’s Hands and that my love connection with my mother transcends our physical separation because she is still alive and well as Soul.

Thanks to God and His Prophet my mother and I have been blessed to share moments in dreams, awake dreams, and guided spiritual travels throughout the years since she passed. The timing is always perfect and just when I need motherly love and encouragement. One of my favorite awake dream symbols is seeing a red cardinal. I started to notice that when I was thinking about her or missing her I would see the flash of a red cardinal. The cardinal would usually land on a branch directly in my view and then once I got the message fly away. To me the bird represents the love connection that my mother and I still have even though she is no longer with me in the physical. Every time I see a red cardinal it is not an awake dream, some are just birds, but I know in my heart when it is a message.

I was also blessed with a very special night dream sixteen years after her death. I am a mother now, with my own family and children. One day while driving in the car, my daughter asked me if she would ever meet my mother in her body as I had known her. I explained that her body was gone forever but that my daughter could meet her as Soul or in a new body if she reincarnated. That same night I had a dream where my mom (in the form of her physical body as I remember her most) was sitting on the edge of my bed. I walked into my bedroom and she stood up from the bed and hugged me. I could feel her body and smell her. It was the same hug I had known and missed for so many years. In the dream I was conscious that it was present day and that she should not really be there physically and how special it was to be seeing her.

She told me that she was proud of the woman that I had become and the life, family, career, and home that I had created. Hearing her voice again was music to my ears. I was in high school when she passed away so her words, expressing that she approved of the choices I had made, were more than any daughter could hope to hear. It was a REAL experience and interaction and a true blessing from God. I am so grateful for the opportunity to reconnect spiritually with my mother. I am also thankful for the wisdom I have gained to cherish every moment I have with other loved ones while we are still together in the physical.

Written by Catherine Hughes