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Finding Dimes? Could Be A Sign From A Loved One

When our loved ones pass, do they communicate that they are still with us? Here are the 6 most common signs that may hold the answer.

Nothing is more devastating than losing someone we love. Although time can lessen the pain, grief sometimes lasts a lifetime. Those who believe in an afterlife may find comfort in the promise of a reunion in the great by and by, but this can never take the place of being able to hug, hold hands, or talk to someone in the here and now.

But what if the people we love who pass away aren’t as far away as we think? Guardian angels. Spirit guides. Protectors. Caretakers. Sacred ancestors.

Religions and cultures across the globe and through the ages have suggested the idea that those who pass on to the other side remain with us, unseen, to watch over and guide us. While the specifics may vary, some version of this belief is so common as to be almost universal.

More than that, many throughout history, and to this day, believe that, if we know how to pay attention to the signs, our loved ones living in the spirit world can, and often do, send us messages, offering comfort in times of distress and guidance in times of need.

But what are these signs, and how can we become adept at recognizing them? Although the way any individual spirit might choose to communicate is endless, there are several phenomena that are commonly recognized as signs from the other side. These include:

Common Signs

1. Dream Visitations

One of the most commonly described signs from the other side is a visitation from a departed loved one in the form of a dream. The belief that we are more open and susceptible to messages from the spirit world when we are asleep, on the verge of sleep, or in an induced trance, such as hypnotism, meditation, is a very old one.

Today, we know that our brain waves pass through a number of different phases during sleep. Theta waves, which occur in the liminal state between wakefulness and deep sleep, are associated with memory, learning, intuition, and the subconscious.

Of course, dreams are, by their very nature, not real, so how can you know if a dream is a true message from the other side or just another bit of undigested memory getting filed away? Those who believe they’ve had dream visitors say they have a different quality from typical dreams.

Whereas our normal dream life is often nonsensical, nonlinear, and fragmentary in nature, visitations most often feel more like real life, with a sense of solidity, vividness, and logic that is unusual in dreams. Such dreams are said to have a sense of weight and importance and to stay with the dreamer, sometimes for many years, whereas the details of garden variety dreams are often difficult to remember beyond the first moments of waking.

Some people have even described having long, detailed conversations with loved ones, sharing real-life information the dreamer would have no other way of knowing.

2. Familiar Sensations or Smells

Another experience many people describe is having an unmistakable feeling that their loved one is nearby, sometimes accompanied by sensations, such as a hand on their shoulder, or by smells associated with that person, such as their favorite perfume, a smell associated with their occupation in life (for instance, motor oil or seawater), or a favorite food they often prepared.

Like dreaming, olfaction—the sense of smell—is strongly tied to memory.

In fact, encountering familiar smells is thought to be a common trigger for déjà vu, the uncanny feeling that you’ve already experienced a situation before.

Whereas dream visitors most often bring an explicit message for the recipient, this type of visit’s content is purely physical and emotional—offering feelings of closeness or comfort, sometimes just when it is most needed.

3. Animal Messengers

Sightings of animals you don’t normally see, or a sharp increase in sightings of more common animals, have long been believed to be portents from the spirit world, particularly if an animal shows an unusual interest in or lack of fear toward you.

Some types of animals have even been said to be bearers of very specific kinds of messages, for instance, ladybugs are said to be a good omen, offering assurance, particularly when things seem to be at their darkest, that not all is lost. Butterflies and birds, especially cardinals and blue jays, have long been seen as messengers that a departed loved one is still watching over you.

4. Pennies and Dimes

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Pennies and dimes are common coins found and can be a sign from a departed loved one.

While it’s not unusual to find random coins and trinkets in the course of one’s day, a sudden increase in finding such small treasures could be interpreted as gifts from beyond, particularly if the items in question carry some shared meaning.

It seems the most commonly found items are pennies and dimes. Pennies and seeing references to the number “1” is often thought of as a message to think positively.

Finding dimes, or seeing the number 10, is said to be a message to “pay attention,” and “trust your instincts and intuition.”

Sometimes the coin is from a year that was important in some way in your relationship with someone who has passed, and it may be a sign that your loved one isn’t as distant as you thought.

5. Lost and Found Objects

Items moving from their usual locations without another explanation is another frequent occurrence. Lost objects (such as wedding rings) suddenly turning up in a spot after you looked there many times may be a message.

If this happens often or the location seems significant in some way, it may be an attempt to communicate some specific piece of information. If the pattern seems more random, though, it could be interpreted more as an attempt at playfulness.

6. Electrical Disturbances

Lights flickering—a quiet hello?

Spirits are said to be pure energy, which means that manipulating electrical currents should come easily to them. It’s no surprise, then, that flickering or dimming lights are one of the phenomena most commonly associated with visitation from the spirit world.

While movies and campfire tales offer fodder about mischievous spirits playing hair-raising pranks on the living—for instance, the new inhabitants of a home where they passed—this type of visitation can be much subtler. If the wiring in your home isn’t particularly old or unsound, and if the disturbances only started after the loss of a loved one, minor, occasional flickers in lights, televisions, or appliances could just be a quiet hello—an otherworldly wink, so to speak.

In more overt cases, people have even described radios or stereos turning on to play a specific song that was meaningful to their departed loved one.

Whether or not you find comfort in looking for signs from your beloved departed, grief, shock, and disbelief are natural responses to loss. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the living—whether that means friends or family members who share your loss, a therapist or grief support group, or a group of friends who can help take your mind off of your sorrow, even for short periods of time.

Remember that finding moments of laughter and joy is not a betrayal of the person you’ve lost. Your departed loved ones, whether they are watching you from close by or far away, want you to live the rest of your life to its happiest and fullest.

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Jaime McLeod

Jaime McLeod is a longtime journalist who has written for a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, and websites, including She enjoys the outdoors, growing and eating organic food, and is interested in all aspects of natural wellness.

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My boyfriend passed on Dec 20,2021. I asked to feel his presence and shortly after I seen a cardinal in my backyard. This makes me scared, but happy at the same time. I’ve never seen and cardinals outside my house. .


My mom passed away this year. She loved anything about the English Royals. I was shopping at Walmart on the day of Prince Phillip’s funeral and I was thinking about how we would have watched that together and had so much to talk about. When I got up to the checkout, I went through the self service. Laying on the side of the scanner was three pennies. One penny was Canadian and Queen Elizabeth was heads up.


Wow that is amazing.


My grandpa never put much stock in any of that. A few months after grandma died, he said, “Aw shucks, she’da wrote by now.”


My wife of 57 years passed away unexpectedly on 11 April 2021. Since that date members of my family (particularly a grandson) have regularly seen red cardinals nearby. He and I were discussing her while out on the deck recently and lo and behold a cardinal appeared. She was the light of our lives and we are all devastated by her loss. We hope these sightings are signs she is still with us in spirit. We miss her dearly but know she wants us to be happy and go on.


My grandma passed away last month and yesterday I put my grandmas crafted cross that my moms friend gave me, on my window and a cardinal flew up to my house, I knew right then that it was my grandma and started crying ! I know she loves me so much.

Susan Higgins

Bella, very sweet. Thank you for sharing.

Lori Johnston

My husband passed away 6 months ago this week. I am visiting my parents in South Carolina from Seattle. I asked my mom if she sees Cardinals and without 5 minutes a beautiful red cardinal landed on her feeder, I took my photo and went to put my phone back… right where I was sitting the following evening was a dime on the floor… the year 2020, the year he died.

Brenda Sumler

I keep seeing the number 13 or 31 on Facebook when I hit like. What does this mean?


Brenda did you find an explanation? I keep seeing 13 and 31 everywhere. Clocks, signs, social media, etc. I know it must be significant but can’t find an explanation

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After I lost my son, my cell phone kept lighting up. It had not done that at any time before he passed. His son, who was still in school, told me his would vibrate in his pocket. My son had always love talking on the phone.

Linda Peters

Loved this article!


After I lost my husband I was sitting in a restaurant by myself and I was feeling blue. I felt something hit my ankle. I bent over and it was a penny. I picked it up and smiled. I knew it was my husband.


I don’t know if this story fits here, but when my husband went into the hospital, and his organs began to fail, they preformed emergency surgery. Afterwards he was in the SICU for 16 days on life support. We did not know if he would pull through. I was going to the hospital day and night everyday to just sit by him. Feeling helpless. One late, late night I was walking alone through the deserted parking lot to my car. In the parking garage lights I found a dime. The date on it was the year we had gotten married, 1985, 34 yrs ago. It felt like a sign and my husband did get better, finally got out of the hospital, and still working on getting back to where he was before.

Marialuisa Cutajar

I truly believe ss i experience my sons presence


Wow.. I loved reading this article as I’ve experienced some of the signs.

Suzanne Daniel

I just lost my son in March. I have never seen blue jays sound our house but lately I see them and cardinals every day.


When the male and female cardinals land in my yard, I know my Mom and Dad are here

RL Clem

My mother loved Cardinals and Easter. Every year at least one Cardinal shows up in my back yard. This year a male & female showed up… ..

Becky Sanders

The dimes reference caught my attention in a big way. In 2004 my husband died unexpectedly and left me devastated and in a state of shock. We had signs as early as returning to the house after leaving the hospital when two lights blew their bulbs within seconds of one another. But my dime story is one that people like to hear. I started finding them around the house and after the first few I looked up and said “inflation, Bob?” as we had always heard of pennies from heaven. I continued to find them as different things came and went that were also signs, in my mind and heart, at least. Soon winter changed to summer and I decided it was time to change out my clothes in the closet. I emptied out the winter clothes and had carried my spring and summer wear from where it was hung in the basement closet. I laid it all on the bed so I could eliminate certain things as I moved the others into the closet. About 5 outfits down there was a dime laying on a garment. I stopped in my tracks. How could it have been there and not fell out as I carried them upstairs? I looked to see if the item under it or the one that had been over it had pockets but they did not. Whatever I had thought of as frivolous ideas that Bob had left clues he was there before were no longer frivolous. From that day on, I knew if I found a dime somewhere a dime really had no business being, it was him letting me know he still watches over me. Thank you for this article and my apologies for such a long post.


Loved it Becky. Never too long x

anne wetzelberger

My husband took my 100 dollar bill so I could not go out I was the only person in the house good news though a month later brokeas hell I opened my bottom drawer which I opened on a daily basis it was not there untill that day there it was still folded the way it was the last time I saw it


I had lights flickering after my husband died, and so wish I had paid attentiion to it, but at the time, I just said, “what is going on?” didn’t understand that he was probably telling me hello I still love you….donna

Judy D.

My now ex husband passed away in 2003. We got married in 1972. On my wedding day a friend told me to put a dime and penny in my shoe for luck, which I did. Ever since my ex husband passed in 2003, that is all I saw….a dime and a penny, everywhere! I knew it was him letting me know that he was around and that he’s doing fine. In 2010, I went to a medium and as I was leaving after my reading, the medium said, “Oh, wait! I have another message for you, forget about the pennies and watch for the dimes.” Believe this or not, I never saw a penny and a dime again….just the dime! That was definitely him telling me to believe. (** Please Note: I DID NOT tell the medium anything about the pennies and dimes I would see). I saved all the dimes for one year and when I counted them it was a total of $8. He was around all the time. I have since married and I don’t see the dimes as often, but they still appear from time to time.


My girlfriend’s mom passed leaving her and her sister the message ‘when you see a dime I am showing you a sign. It’s always happening to me. I find dimes all the time wondering why my friends mother is saying hello to me. We had never met each other but I always tell my friend ‘your mom said Hi. Xxoo

Sandi Duncan

It’s things like this that help remind us that love never dies. Thanks for sharing.


When my youngest son passed away in 2006, that first week of his passing, I was finding pennies at every place I had to be that week. He and I had a special connection with pennies. The one place I will never forget was making a stop at the gas station. I parked to go in for coffee and cigarettes. As I opened the door I noticed the car next to me and saw four young men. They were waiting for me to exit my vehicle and shut my door so they could back out of the parking space. As I was getting out, I glanced down at the ground to make sure there wasn’t anything I would step on. Scattered everywhere were about 50-60 pennies. That was my undoing and I burst into tears. The young men all got out of their car to see what kind of help I needed. I cried for several minutes before I was able to regain my composure and tell them that my son had passed away a few days ago and about the pennies. They helped me pick up the pennies and I cried a few more minutes. I thanked them for their time and help and asked where they were from. The young men were Jehovah’s Witnesses and doing their duties for the church. After I calmed down, they asked if they could pray for me and I allowed them to. I thanked them again for their kindness and help and assured them I was okay to continue on with my day.

I didn’t know at the time that I needed that and that I was meant to be there at that moment. I was very blessed and grateful to know that I was being watched over. And I know my son went to a much better place. I still, to this day, find pennies when I am struggling through my day.
God is good <3


the power of positive thinking will push this virus away


My daughter died September 12th and all I find dime all of her house

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