by Amy on April 20, 2016

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A few months after my mom died I went to a class called “Connecting with Your Loved Ones on the Other Side.”

The teacher told us to expect a sign from a loved one over the next few days.

The thing is, I don’t have woo woo experiences (despite all the books I read). Never seen a ghost, never crossed over and come back to tell about it… never recalled a past life.

I guess my point is, I wasn’t holding my breath that my mom would send me a sign.

After the class I was looking around in the gift shop, admiring a poster of a Mandala made out of images of Irises. I noticed they has some with Pansies too. Beautiful.

My mom loved roses. She was always telling me about some new kind of rose she had acquired for her garden — the Barbara Streisand, the Laura Bush, the Lady Di.

You would walk past the rose garden on the way to the front door but on a warm day, you could smell them before you got there. When the weather was good enough, that’s where she’d be. Standing in the midst of all of them, trimming something back or on her hands and knees weeding in between them, or crouching down spraying them with God knows what.

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But the kind of rose that reminds me of her the most are the plain old pink ones. Her pink rose bushes lined the entire house… I can still see them now.

So, of course, looking through those Mandala posters… I wanted to find a Rose Mandala.

But all I found were graceful Iris’ and cheerful Pansies. I went to the counter to ask if they had any roses just in case.

“We used to but we haven’t had them for months. There’s one hanging in the bathroom if you want to see it.”

“Ok.” (I needed to make a trip to the bathroom anyway…)

There it was. A beautiful Rose Mandala made out of the exact pink roses that I held in my mind’s eye when I thought of my mom.

On my way out of the gift store the woman at the counter stopped me.

“Hey, while you were in the bathroom I checked in the back anyway. It’s weirdest thing… I’ve been back there a ton of times and never seen it before but when I went back just now, there it was… a Rose Mandala. It’s the only one we have. Do you want to buy it?”

You bet I wanted to buy it.

There was the sign.

Thanks Mom.

2016 has been a year of big goodbyes.

We said good bye to “Poppi” in January. A wonderful, kind, fun-loving spirit who was not only my husband’s father but also his best friend.


Then last week we said goodbye to “Boo Kitty.” Another sweet soul who was all love in every way.


Life is full of big goodbyes.

But my mother, who has been gone now for 8 years, taught me that our loved ones aren’t really gone.

They are still there, loving us, sending us signs.

Believe in that. When it’s your turn to say goodbye.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Sylvia April 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

I believe in signs from loved ones as well. That Rose Mandala is so beautiful. I know you treasure it.
So sorry for your losses. Losing pets is no small thing. Hugs to you.


Virginia Reeves April 22, 2016 at 3:25 am

My Mom liked butterflies and so do I. They are all over my house on cards, posters, wall stickers, and banner flags. I even have some clip-on mesh beauties clinging to a door hanger. Gives me a visual connection; she’s been gone since 2002. So glad for you Amy that you found that perfect remembrance.
Know the feeling of saying goodbye to a treasured pet. Sending warmth and hugs.


Diane November 21, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Amy Honey,
I love all you wrote and sharing your experiences. Roses remind me of my Nana and I feel in touch with her each day and most especially she touches my heart anytime I smell roses. Love you,


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