Let me start by saying that I can't believe I am writing this for others to read. I have worried for so long that people would think me a liar or simply a "nut" BUT this happened to me and it was beautiful! I woke up crying with gratitude from the experience.
Back in 2001 my mother passed away from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder). I was living in a horrible situation. Many times throughout the weeks and months following my mother's death, I would ask her, "Mama what should I do?" "Mom, can you please watch over me?" One night, as I was in laying in bed, it dawned on me that maybe I was disturbing mom's well deserved rest and peace. I said to her, "Mama, if my asking you to help me makes Heaven any less for you, please let me know and I will stop asking."
That night a had the most vivid dream I have ever had! My mother and I were sitting on my couch and she said to me, "Honey, your asking does not make Heaven less for me because I already know the outcome." "You will be fine." "Please don't be too lonely for me because I am always here with you and we will be together again in the blink of an eye."
Everything was sooo vivid. Her gestures, her smile, her smell, the colors. I really believe that either I went to visit my mother, or somehow she came to me.
I don't know much about these kinds of things but since this incident, I have had "visits" from the original owner's of my 100 year-old house, and my husband's father (who died long before I even met my husband). I've never been frightened, it's always been about love and joy. Anyway, that's my experience.