I rarely read the obituaries in newspapers...
However, on one memorable occasion I did carefully search through (decades ago) a 'deaths notice' published in the Royal Air Force news paper (a boring rag I would normally not pick up or read). For some reason I was lead to a tiny notice concerning the death of a friend, someone I had not contacted for a few months. It was quite a shock.
Or the time, as a young teenager I had entered a boxing competition to be soundly beaten by the county champ. By accident, weeks later I found an old worn out newspaper in a Barber's shop which confirmed in a few short lines that my 'Trainer' had set me up for the beating. There was no other way I would have known that my opponent was not the absolute novice boxer the Trainer had claimed, without having
read the months old forgotten crumpled article.
These days, if I casually decide to conduct an internet search on a person known from years ago - that individual has either *passed away (relatively recently) or there are significant events tied to their lives that I had been unaware of. Only yesterday I had the feeling that a former close friend of 30 years ago may have died - this was confirmed by his Wife publishing a recent 'help' notice on an obscure ex-Forces Reunion website and was my link to the old friend - I had never met his wife.
In another example, a Chinese acquaintance who had disappeared without a trace for several years - was found to be serving out a prison sentence. Soon after the senior hierarchy (unrelated) of my old Church were under suspicion of misusing funds with the threat of their imprisonment still a real possibility. Without going into the details - there were odd connections.
Another odd event is when I deliberate on whether, or what to send in an email, ie its final content - the intended recipient will often send an email 'reply' seconds or minutes before mine is send.
My strangest revelation to-date was discovering the existence of an 'unknown brother' and just as unlikely, the way in which he had been 'accidentally' found, and contacted.
Similar less profound events continue to occur on a consistent basis. Most (if not all) begin at an intense subconscious level deep in the recess of my mind.