Just a few weeks after my mom passed away from cancer in 1995 I was asleep in her bed, in her house. As I was sleeping she came to me in a very vivid dream. The phone rang and I picked up to say hello. She said her typical, “Hey Honey!” I knew she had just recently passed away and very emotionally I said, “Mom, where are you?” I wanted to know that she was okay.

She very calmly and lovingly said to me, “Honey, I’m okay and you’re going to be just fine.” And then my alarm clock went off and I woke up. I so desperately wanted to go back to that dream and talk to Mom more, but of course, I couldn’t.

I will say though, that to this day, that dream was as real and vivid as if it just happened yesterday. In fact, Bill Guggenheim who wrote Hello from Heaven with his former wife, Judy, told me recently over the phone that what I really had was a “sleep state visit.” He said the difference is that a dream is often chaotic and we’re jumping around all over the place and we often don’t remember it. Whereas a sleep state visit, we remember as vividly as if it just happened yesterday.

And that is so true. Today, 16 years later, I remember my mom’s visit as clearly as if it happened yesterday. And that visit brought me so much peace and comfort. Although I missed my mother terribly, her visit came at just the right time and helped me immensely get through the shock of never seeing her physical body again; yet knowing that spiritually she would always be with me.

Thanks, mom. I love you.

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