The morning that Mama passed away, there were several cardinals at the bird feeder. The morning that I read the post from Michele, a female landed on the shephard's crook near to where I sat and chirped loudly, almost like she was scolding me. That morning I was extremely sad, until I saw the bird. I've seen a female cardinal every day since the funeral, usually in the mornings when I'm having the hardest time with her being gone.
Sunday morning, CH & I were talking about Mama when he looked outside and told me there was a cardinal at the bird feeder at the edge of the porch. Seeing them is a comfort. Maybe I'm grasping at straws, but I'm loving seeing and hearing those birds.
From "Cardinal Signs & Symbols":
Cardinal Sounds are symbolic of: Cheer, elevation, clarity & communication
- The call of a cardinal can come to cheer us up, or cheer us on.
- The unique clarity of his call is can be used to gain our attention and lift us from our depression, our sorrow or perhaps our ordinariness. The cardinal’s call can call to us to do our duty.
- A cardinal call can tell us to give up any vanity or appearances we may be holding on to and follow the hope in our heart, a cardinal hope that will lead us, on our upward journey through the cycle of life.
A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. Look for them, they'll appear.