Halloween Blogfest: Diana Green

Can Departed Loved Ones Visit Us?
Long before Halloween came into being, there have been cultures that honored this time of year. From the Celtic Samhain to the Mexican Day of the Dead, people have believed that late October was a time when the veils between the worlds of the living and the dead were thin.

Though our “modern” sensibilities tell us such things are hogwash, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss them. I cannot be certain if late October holds any true significance, but I am sure that people can receive visits from their departed loved ones.

When I was a girl, I had a best friend who was Vietnamese. Her family survived terrible times, before fleeing to live in New Zealand. That is where I knew her. The two of us were very close, and I can say with confidence that she was not an individual to lie or tell tall tales.

One night, when I was staying at her house, she related an experience she’d had, before her family left Vietnam. As a younger child, she had been asleep, when something woke her, and she saw her uncle standing at the foot of her bed. She was confused, because her uncle was a soldier, a great many miles away, fighting.

Her uncle smiled and told her not to worry. He said that he loved her, and he would be watching over the family. My friend went back to sleep. A few days later, she learned from her parents that he had been killed…the same night he appeared to her.

This is not the only such occurrence I have heard of. Through my life I have met a number of people who have experienced communication from departed loved ones. Though our society does not accept such experiences as valid, they are not all that uncommon.

I, for one, had a beautiful encounter with my grandmother, the day she passed away. She was in Texas, and I was in Washington. I only knew that she was ill but not how serious her condition was. One morning, I was alone in the house. Everything was quiet, and I had just finished breakfast.

Thoughts of my grandmother washed over me, and I had the overwhelming sense that she was with me, in the room. I didn’t see her, but I could feel her, as tangibly as if she had been right there. It is a difficult thing to describe, but it was real.

I closed my eyes and heard her distinct voice saying, “I love you. I’m so proud of you. Don’t worry about me anymore. I’m somewhere beautiful.”

Her presence was so vivid and loving, I found myself crying. After the experience, I called my dad, in Texas, to share with him what had happened. That is when I learned my grandmother had died. It was a true blessing that I had a final meeting with her, as she passed from this world.

It is important not to dismiss or judge other people’s experiences. There is much in this universe that we do not understand, even with our spectacular science and technology. Something about autumn, the dying time of the year, when everything is changing and darkening, brings out a little more of the great mystery. Enjoy it, and Happy Halloween.

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About the Author: Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become a professional author.

Diana’s favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, historical, and romance. She currently lives in beautiful Washington State where she writes for Champagne Books and The Wild Rose Press.

Visit her website at http://www.dianagreenbooks.com.

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  1. What a lovely experience with your Gran, I agree, there’s more to life that we can explain. Thanks for shairng

  2. I really love the idea that our loved ones are still there, somewhere. My dad’s been gone more than 20 years, but I still talk to him now and then. I hope he can hear me…

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