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Signs from Above - Connecting with Departed Loved Ones

Yesterday, on May 18th was the 8th anniversary of my mother, Carole Provenzale’s, passing. And as many of us know, not too long ago Mother’s Day was just celebrated. With that in mind, I wanted to share a quick story of how loved ones who pass on provide clear communication, if you CHOOSE to LISTEN and PAY ATTENTION. 

One of my mother’s best friends reached out to me on Facebook and asked if I would like to join her for brunch on Mother’s Day. Of course, I accepted and we chose to meet up at a trendy local restaurant called, The Shed located in Huntington, NY. 

Before heading off to The Shed on Sunday, I created a quick Happy Mother’s Day Facebook post. Not too long after, I received a comment from one of my mother’s childhood friends that read:

I thought, wow! If that is not a clear message from mom and grandma, what is? Seeing that made me smile from the inside out. 

While enjoying a lovely brunch with my mother’s best friend, I shared that I had a gift for her waiting inside my car. After paying the bill, we headed over to my car in the parking lot and I pulled out a beautiful bouquet of roses from the back seat. She was very happy and it turned out to be the perfect gift as she just recently moved into a new home! I shut the car door without looking inside, we chatted for a bit, eventually hugged, and parted ways. 

As I pulled into my driveway, I thought to myself, “I should really clean out the back of my car,…its been a while.” I exited the drivers side, moved immediately to the back passenger door to clear out behind the drivers seat, and what do I find? Laying behind my basketball on the floor, a single rose.

Why is this significant?

For those who know the symbolism of a rose, it’s a sign from loved ones who’ve passed on simply saying, “we are here with you and love you very much.”

For me, this was a wonderful gift to receive on Mother’s Day. It’s not just my mother who passed away. It’s my aunt, my grandma, my uncle, and grandfather. That pretty much sums up the entire immediate family on my mother’s side.  So this simple gift provided an abundance of comfort and joy to see. 


In order for you to learn how to see the signs, practice becoming more present with your daily life.

Participate in researching for yourself what different symbols mean and how they resonate to you. Participate in researching what death is, from an eastern lifestyle perspective. The roots of Feng Shui stem from Doaism, which believes the soul lives on without the body. If you need something more tangible in terms of a western perspective, Medium John Edwards provides great educational insights. 


Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comment balloon 20 commentsLaura Cerrano • May 19 2018 07:08PM


Good for you Laura. Our loved ones are never truly "gone." They're just on the other side.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 1 year ago


What a lovely post you shared with us, and your experience certainly shows that we are all connected regadless of which side we are on.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 year ago

Laura- I did not know your mother but I knew her via her posts here. Your post was so heartfelt and brought a huge smile to my face. I do think that if we open our hearts and minds to all sorts of possibilities, we very well could receive messages from our loved ones. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 year ago

I love the way you presented this Laura Cerrano . Thank you for this post.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 1 year ago


                              Thank you Laura!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 1 year ago

Laura, you are so right Diane & I am firm believers of signs and if you do not believe in them oh boy you are missing out on so many opportunities, loved this post, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 year ago

Thanks for the wonderful post, Laura.  I often have these signs from above.  (At least I think they're from above and not below.)

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 1 year ago

Hi Laura... what a lovely post... it brought tears to my eyes. I suspect I'm a person who doesn't look for signs so I probably miss them.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 1 year ago

Laura, Your post brought tears to my eyes. I used to read your Mother's posts regularly. I was not aware of the symbolism of the single rose. I have read about pennies from Heaven and always pick pennies.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 1 year ago

Good morning Laura Cerrano,

I can't believe it has been 8 years since your lovely mom passed away. I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured you post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week as I missed it. I so appreciate your sharing your story with us. Truly a special moment for you.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 1 year ago

Hi Laura, glad Kathy featured this today. I know your mom was giving you messages. And it's wonderful that you are aware and sensitive enough to notice the signs. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 1 year ago

Hi Laura

What a wonderful story! I'm so glad that Kathy featured it and I didn't miss it. Clearly we just need to watch for the signs from our departed loved ones.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) about 1 year ago

Thank you Laura for sharing your wonderful experience on Mother's Day, it made me tear up. I have felt the signs that loved ones past are near because I do believe. Have a wonderful week!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) about 1 year ago

Laura, thank you for sharing these signs from above with us.

Posted by Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) about 1 year ago


My dear Laura Cerrano  You are so special and your dear mom is so darn proud of you!! May 18th was four years since my Lee's funeral. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 1 year ago

Wow, has it been 8 years already. I am sure that the rose gave you great comfort.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 1 year ago

Wow...so hard to believe your mom has been gone eight years now. 

What a beautiful story. I'm so glad you shared it! I got very emotional when I saw that single rose!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 1 year ago

What a beautiful post. I think if we are present in our lives, we can see all sorts of things....

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 1 year ago

Laura, Wonderful that you are being touched by your departed loved ones.  A very special day for you.

I have a relative whose long time husband passed recently and he keeps sending her pennies to help her through this first rough year.

I enjoy the occasional visits from my parents in my dreams.

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) about 1 year ago

Hello Laura,

What a interesting post and I do remember your mother so very well and I do believe we had been emailing back and forth several weeks before she left. I do believe in these types of messages and yes if were open to these types of messages when can learn from loved ones, etc.

Your post has been featured to the group:


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 1 year ago

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