02 July, 2011

The Meaning Of White Feathers As Messages From The Dead

White Feather meaningI'm returning to the subject of white feathers today and their meaning. Since first writing about this I think I've had more emails on the subject than anything else.

By white feathers I mean how they can often be found following a loved ones death. This has certainly been my own experience. I lost three people close to me in a short period of time: my daughter, my mother and my best friend of some thirty years.

After losing such important people it takes a while to adjust and you tend - or at least I did - to look for something to confirm that the person is still about. For me this came via white feathers.

The feathers appeared straight away after the loved ones death and at moments when I was thinking about them. This happened too often to be something that many would class as coincidence.

Here are a few experiences from other people. Most don't want their names published but nevertheless they are still meaningful.

The first is by Gloria Hunniford, a well known television and radio presenter in the UK, she lost her daughter, Caron, to cancer and this is what she said:

"I remember one time in a swimming pool, everybody and everything was awash with water and I just looked down and all of a sudden on the edge was just this white fluffy, dry feather and I thought, 'Oh my God!' It's just like Caron popping in to see how the children are getting on."

"My Mother passed away recently. I was with her and it's one of the hardest things in my life.

After the funeral when my cousin was leaving she said to look out for a white feather.

I had never heard of this before. Anyway, today, nearly two weeks since my Mum passed away I looked out the window and everywhere was icy. I went to get in my car and at my feet was a beautiful white feather.

I'm hoping this was a sign that my Mum is ok.

God Bless You Sweetheart x"


Anon.

"I lost my husband very suddenly in December 2010 with no chance to say goodbye.

I have been devastated ever since but have seen several white feathers. I like to think it is his way of telling me he is okay. I have put one in the diary I am now keeping.

I do believe in angels and that one day I will see my husband again."


Anon: May 2011

"My sister passed away very suddenly aged 17, a few years ago.

I had never seen a white feather in our house ever before, but they began appearing every single day for the first couple of weeks after she passed away. I wasn't very religious beforehand, but I definitely took it as a sign.

When it was time for me to leave my home a few weeks later, to go back to college, I found a gigantic white feather on my bag, and one stuck to the car door!

When things were most difficult, white feathers would appear. They then began appearing in my college dorm when I returned, something which never happened before.

As time went on, they became less common. Then, about a year later, on the morning of my graduation, a huge feather floated down towards me. I definitely take it as her way of letting us know she is ok."


Anon

"Hi, I lost my mum 13th February this year and in the last week I have found five white feathers. I really hope this is a sign."

Julie

"Thank you for your blog about white feathers, I found them very comforting.

My father died unexpectedly last month and my mum and I were devastated. At his funeral there was a beautiful white feather on the church pew where we sat. It was a message from him I'm sure. Mum and I looked at each other and actually smiled at each other through our tears. Mum said, "Dad's saying he's okay."

Since then we find white feathers in the most unexpected places. I even found one in a drawer by my bedside. They always make me smile."


Maggie

Other 67 Not Out blog posts on white feathers include:

White Feathers Comfort The Bereaved
How white feathers have helped both my wife and myself.

The White Feather Message From the Dead
A personal experience of finding a feather after looking after my young grandson.

White Feathers And A Special Beach
How a white feather indicated that our daughter knew about our son's wedding.

Sometimes messages come in different forms such as in my post Unusual Contact With Her Dead Mother. In this example they came in the form of strands of wool. And A-Mail Messages From Beyond The Grave tells of messages often included in car registration numbers.

There is also my personal story of how my deceased dad's watch stopped at exactly the time my own son was born.

Other Related Posts:

The Bird Angel Who Comforts As Someone Dies
The Guiding Light Which Brought More Than Just Pumpkin Seeds
Symbols And Signs For Positive Results
White Feathers And Perhaps A Deal With An Angel

Our loved ones are always with us, we just have to become aware of the signs.

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40 comments:

  1. Always enjoy these stories, Mike! They're powerful and do seem tobe communication from the other side. We used your wonderful white feather story in our second book.

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  2. I would love it that you were right about white feathers but couldn't they simply be found by chance? I'm an undecided.

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    1. i have never believed in anything like this, but i lost my mum on easter day this year and someone told me about the white fethers. i prayed for this to happen not believing for one minute it would but over the last few weeks they have been appearing i have found 2 outside my house and i have had 2 more float passed my windscreen whilst driving,it just seems to much of a co-insidence not to be true.

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  3. My sister in law had just been telling us the story of finding a white feather after her mum died.I had never heard of this before but in the next three days I found three white feathers in different places.I like to think it was my dad looking down on me.

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  4. I lost my mum last September and my sister was the one who always had the white feathers, yesterday morning I was sat chatting with my dad making plans for a family wedding . All the doors and windows were shut and two small white feathers floated down in front of us. It made me cry I think mum is happy

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  5. i have just been on holiday to ibiza when i came back to the hotel one night there was two white feathers on the hotel doormat.when i got home there was a white feather on my poarch door mat .how did it get there or did it just blow in and me not notice it spooky.

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  6. I am spooked, I have just opened my flat, door which opens on to an outside walkway, and a full white feather floated down straight into my hand together with a strong scent of the perfume she loved. My dear Mother passed away 10 days ago and we were beside her as she slipped peacefully away. She always said that she would give me a sign that she was okay when she died. Up until now I have been very sceptical but no more, Thank you Mum xx

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  7. Thank you everyone for your stories and also those on the other posts about white feathers.

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  8. My father passed away unexpectedly while on holidays in NZ my mother and both my sisters received white feathers within a 2 week period, I was devastated as I didn't, than 8 months and one day after dad passed my feather arrived to me while I was at work, I found it sitting on a clients bed in the nursing home I work at and no there are no feather pillows or blankets in the place. Love you dad and miss you.

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    1. Thank you for your experience Lisa. I'm sure your dad was (and still is) thinking of you.

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    2. My dearHusband passed away December 2010,ever since then,even a week after his passing,my grandson and i were sitting in the same place my Gene and i would sit in Church and a white fluffy feather landed between us,in the spring my son took me to a major league ball game and down came a white feather.and it goes on and on,i'm making a collection of them,just when i need a feather from gene,down it comes.In my heart i know its the Lord and my Gene saying every things alright!

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    3. Thank you for your story Anonymous. "Things are alright," that must be a comforting feeling.

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    4. i lost my husband to cancer april 2013 the morning after my birthday 18 nov this week befor i unlocked my kitchen door in side there was two white feathers as though they had been placed each side of the door frame straight and lengh ways also since my husband died my hall light in the house as been constantlly flashing i put a new bulb in and had elctritcan check it but could not find any thing wrong the light only stopped flashing the morning the feathers were found and as never done it since can any one please tell me what this means. when my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer he told me if there is life after death he would show me i said to him how he said you will know.we had been together from teanagers and married for fifty years i am cirtain now he as gone now .could you please give your opinions on this .many thanks from sandra

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    5. Thank you for sharing your experience, Sandra. I feel we have to each decide what is relevant to us personally. Trust your own feelings. There are many different examples of how some say the dead contact us.See 20 Examples Of How The Dead Contact Us With Messages Or Signs

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  9. My mum died in June 1012. I had never heard of white feathers appearing after the death of a loved one. Soon after her death white feathers have appeared. They really do seem to appear at times when I would have asked for her support.

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  10. I lost my dad in jan this year 2012 ,,,, and my beat friend lost her husband 2 years ago , we both have found white feathers in strange places , she lives in spain and come to vist me this weekend , and we went to church to light a candle , for our loved ones , and later that night we was a t the lap top and from no where a white feather landed on the lap top ,, and we had to before that one in front room near christmas tree and one in bath room just wanted to share this lovey time x

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    1. Thank you so much for your experience.

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  11. I just stumbled upon your postings here, and this is ... a coincidence, or a synchronicity! My dad passed away a few years back and we all miss him terribly. My two brothers and one sister keep a close eye on our mom now that dad is gone. I just turned 50 and for my birthday my sister and mom decided we should go to New York as a "girls vacation" and I've never been there. My mom paid for the trip saying it was a birthday gift from her and my dad. The first night there we went to see a show at the famous Radio City Music Hall. One of the scenes in the show surprisingly involved a character "flying" over head and dropping of all things white feathers down on the audience. There was a problem however with the actor distributing the feather out of the bag, and they ended up coming out in a BIG CLUMP of white feathers all at one time ONLY on top of my mom, sister and myself! It was quite a scene (and a mess!). We each took a feather as a momento of that time together. My mom does stained glass and as a humorous gift presented me a singe white feather incased in a beveled glass display. Now that I read this post, I think to myself how odd was that to have happened to us as though my dad was there with us giving us a hugh clump/dump of white feathers! I'll be forwarding this post on to my sister. She'll get a big kick out of it!

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    1. Thank you so much for your story - touching but at the same time has a funny side to it.

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  12. My husband of thirty years passed away suddenly in December at the age of 52 of a massive heart attack. The day of his viewing a dog showed up at my house wearing a collar with a ID tag on it. As we were waiting on my front porch for the owner to come, my son and daughter saw a white feather falling from the sky out in the middle of our paster field. My son ran out and got it for me. That morning I had prayed that God give me a sign letting me know that my husband was with him. I beleave that was our sign. Since then my daughter has received three more feathers.

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    1. Thanks for your experience. I hope the feathers helped you.

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  13. My beautiful mum lost her battle with cancer on 11th feb 2013. I nursed her for 5 weeks and slept in the same room as her. Me and my dad were with her when she died at home in the bedroom my dad know sleeps in. Mum always said she would let me know she was near and that she would wait for me in heaven. I spend a lot of time with my dad at their home as I believe mum is there. Her ashes are there. I was upstairs in the bathroom and I held her dressing gown to my face and when I let it go a small white feather was on the floor i cried my heart out as I knew mum had sent it. The second feather was in the garden attached to my classroom as I am a teacher my mum also worked there. It was on my shoe as I looked down. My dad does not believe in the significance of a feather ive asked my mum to do something to show my dad she is here. They were together 53 years and he is heartbroken and not coping ive asked mum to help him through the heartache.

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    1. Thank you so much with sharing your experience at this difficult time.

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  14. I lost my only best friend a few days ago (March 24, 2013), just a week after my 45th birthday (March 17, 2013. She died at 46 because of breast cancer that was diagnosed and operated in 2011. She undergone series of medications from the time she was operated. She had chemotherapy, radiation therapy. But in January 2013, cancer cells spread to her bones. She was totally bed ridden until she gave up. I had lots of moment shared with her. I was so sad when she died. I seldom cried but my heart is filled with sadness for her leaving. One morning while my husband and i were chatting and setting a plan to visit her wake, a white feather landed in front of us. T'was a rare incident because no chicken was seen near us and we don't have one. My husband quickly said, "That is your friend. She likes white isn't it?" Me too, deep in my subconscious believed that t'was her. It was her way of letting me know she's OK now. She suffers no more.
    This incident made me browse the net to find stories similar to mine and to know what does white feather mean. I'm glad i found stories almost the same with mine. If truly the white feather comes from an angel, I'm so fortunate that i was chosen to be given one. I kept the feather. I'll keep it to remind me of my best friend always and believe that an angel is helping me.

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    1. Thank you, Mercy, for your story.

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  15. I lost my husband to COPD and lung cancer on 16 July 2013. Just 5 hours after he had died, I found a white feather, about 3 to 4 inches long, and since then, I find them almost every day. I know it's not a cat that's got a bird, as they are pure white, beautifully formed, and I live in Birmingham where WHITE feathers are unheard of. It's such a comfort to know he's in a safe place. xx

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  16. My mother inlaw passed away last week, i was talking yesterday and said please give me s sign tht your ok, so when i went.home.last night there it was 2 white feathers on the top of my outside stairs, has this been a sign ?

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    1. Only you can be sure if it was a sign. But in saying that many readers say that white feathers are a sign - I have seen them myself following the loss of loved ones and believe they are.

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  17. I have just came home from burying my Grandad's ashes after his funeral yesterday and as all my Grandads close family and I were standing at his grave having a couple of moments to gather our thoughts after a lovely service and looking at all the flowers a white feather dropped from no where and landed cm"s from the open grave ,everybody just looked at each other in amazement it was very serial but comforting to know my Grandad was there with us and properly with his wife ,my late Grandma aswell. I had never heard of this before untill I have looked it up online now .It has been a dark dull wet day and the feather was brilliant white and fluffy .I has amazed me and really put my mind at ease that he is ok.

    RIP Granda love you always xxx

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  18. Hi I'd heard of white feathers appearing after a loved one has died. My dog and best friend had to be put down last week. I've been upset thinking about him today, i was in the kitchen when a white feather landed by my feet . I hope it was a sign he's ok . x

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  19. I lost my brother very recently, and very suddenly. Yesterday I was with my sister and were talking about my brother and the sense of loss etc. It was very emotional, yet at the same time comforting to be talking about him. I was standing in the garden talking to him and asked for a sign then watched as a white feather floated directly towards me from about 20 feet away. I raised my hand and the feather dropped into it. I think it was his way of letting me know everything is ok.

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  20. Would like to share this. Just this Tuesday 8th October 2013 I have lost a very important person in my life. Their death was sudden and tragic without prior warning. Sharing a coversation with my daughter who was offering me some comfort, we started talking about white feathers as a sign from the deceased. To be honest my feeling were not a 100% belief. Today following their funeral which was yesterday my view has changed. Walking my dog and on reflecting on my loss there in my infront of me lay a long pure white feather. I went over to it and picked it up. It was beautiful and with tears rolling down my face I truely believe it was a message from them.

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  21. I found a white feather right before I went to visit my terminally sick aunt. One day later she passed away. I felt comfort that this happened

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  22. I experienced feathers all about me whenever I would pray. I prayed for my wayward son at this one point in my life. For God to help lead him on a righteous path. When my father passed away, I had the company of the priest,who officiated my father's funeral services, at my table during the luncheon after the funeral service. He asked me my name and I told him, Theresa. He told me his mother's name was Theresa and was named after St. Theresa the Little Flower. I told him that was who I was named after. He told me a story about his mother during the Vietnam War era and his brother served during that time. His mother would pray for the safekeeping of her son, and she always knew her prayers were being answered by coming across a rose. I told him about finding feathers whenever I prayed for help or guidance, and he told me that the feather was the sign of the Holy Spirit. So, not only are your prayers being answered, but they are being answered by the highest of all powers. That brought me such great comfort.

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  23. I've never heard of white feathers as messages from the dead - until I read this here. But my spiritual teacher, who is now dead, has been sending me white feathers for years.
    He does it when I've been 'worrying' a problem and think I might have arrived at the right answer.

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  24. Wow. I had never heard this before but about three years ago after my beloved cousin had taken her own life and I was writing my aunt my condolences I looked out and amongst the POURING rain saw a lone white feather ascending skyward somehow avoiding the rain. . .I had no doubt in my mind it was her. . .showing me she was at peace. Crazy.

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  25. When my Spirit-filled mother went to be with the Lord in 2008, I found the hospice nurse lying prostrate on the floor having a fit! She kept repeating, "I have NEVER seen anything like that!" Just as Mama left this world the nurse said it felt like angel feathers were fluttering all around her. A few years later, we had rented her house to a family. The daughter asked me one day if my mother had a bird; I replied 'no' she was a cat lover. The girl said that they had found a feather in the Florida room. It was in the corner of the room - the exact spot where my mother's bed was located.

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    1. Thank you Greg for your experience.

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  26. My sister passed away 4 weeks ago after a short illness we were by her side when she died, the following day my dad found a white feather by her front door and my mum found one in her kitchen , we have found about a dozen so far including one that floated down past me to the floor in my mums house. She was a beautiful woman who left a little 16 month d baby I know she's at peace and she's telling us she's ok x

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