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Sister Receives Amazing Winged Sign From Heaven: “I Have A New Sense Of Comfort!”

'Woman’s World' reader Mary Flugaur was grieving the loss of her sister when she received a special sign

For the last 20 years Woman’s World magazine has featured the weekly “My Guardian Angel” column, where real women share first-person accounts of their amazing encounters with Angels. Now, we are sharing those heartwarming stories of loving comfort, Heaven-sent helpers and miraculous rescues online with the mission of continuing to spread hope and light.

Here, Woman’s World reader Mary Flugaur was grieving the loss of her sister when she received a special sign that her sister was still near.

Mary’s Guardian Angel story told in her own words:

While I love all seven of my siblings, I always had a special relationship with my oldest sister, Kathy. She was my best friend. Unfortunately, she passed away on April 1, 2023. This really devastated me.

Kathy and her 7 siblings
Kathy and Mary with their siblings: Joni, Patty, Mary, Mike (back row) Teresa, Kathy, Terry (middle row) Jane (front)

Her passing was sudden and shocking, and the cause being unknown made it even harder for everyone to receive closure. On top of this, due to her wishes, there was no funeral. She was cremated and the urn with her ashes placed on her fireplace mantel.

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A couple of months after losing her, during the first week of July, I noticed a bird had landed on the outside ledge of the porch of my condo. I didn’t think much of it — until it came back a day later.

Mourning Dove on a rock
My Guardian AngelGetty/Jim Lindsey

What kind of bird is that? I wondered. Looking at it, I suddenly thought it might be a mourning dove. If so, I felt like this had to be significant in some way, so I researched it on the internet.

To my surprise, I discovered that it was a mourning dove.

Reading on, I learned that some bird lovers report a feeling of comfort when a mourning dove visits. Others believe that it’s a message from a loved one or reminder of someone who is no longer present in your life but is missed and remembered. The name mourning dove refers to the distinctive, sorrowful “coo” the bird makes.

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I knew right then and there that this mourning dove was my sister visiting me and giving me a message of love, hope and peace.
The mourning dove continued to visit and, if I wasn’t close to the window when it landed, I’d watch as the bird’s eyes scanned the room through the window with its neck moving from side to side to get a better view as if looking for me.

Since this mourning dove has visited me, I have felt a sense of comfort, and I truly believe my sister sent it to me specifically for that reason.

A stained glass mourning dove gift to Mary from her older daughter, Jill.
A stained glass mourning dove gift to Mary from her older daughter, Jill.

An Angel expert weighs in…

Angel expert, Sunny Dawn Johnston
Sunny Dawn Johnston

“Mary’s experience with a mourning dove following her sister Kathy’s sudden passing is a deeply moving testament to the enduring connections between the living and those who have moved on to the afterlife,” says Sunny Dawn Johnson, a global authority on the angelic realm, with a portfolio of 22 books, including popular titles such as Invoking the Archangels, The Love Never Ends, and 365 Days of Angel Prayers. “In many cultures, mourning doves are seen as messengers from the spiritual realm, their melancholic coos believed to carry messages of love and reassurance from beyond. And for Mary, the repeated visits from this dove did just that. It became a symbol of her sister’s continued presence and a source of solace during a time of deep grief.” Read more of Sunny’s insightful stories here.

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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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