A CARDINAL EXPERIENCE

OUR WORLD INCLUDES HEAVEN
In Memory of Barbara Ellen Johnson

Jackson, Mississippi

Many people believe that a red cardinal symbolizes a loved one who has passed away. Some also believe when you see one, you are being visited by your loved one in Heaven. My Mom would say this quite often, but I never realized just how serious she was about her beliefs. She would often see a red cardinal and tell me it was her mother whom we called “Grandmere.”

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MY SON WILL ALWAYS SHINE
In Memory of Ryan David Ervin

Durant, Oklahoma

One day in the early afternoon, I walked into our backyard to refill our bird feeder. It was a beautiful day and the sun was shining so brightly. While walking toward the bird feeder, I observed a bird resting on the grass. Once closer, I discovered it was a beautiful red cardinal. It did not move or fly away, so I carefully picked him up to make sure he was not injured.

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SMILE
In Memory of Marlene Trudy Scheid

Cincinnati, Ohio

In April of 2012, my Mom was diagnosed with adrenal gland cancer and unfortunately, lost her battle on July 14th that same year. As my Mom’s health was failing, we started to see a red cardinal in her backyard almost every time we looked outside. My Mom was convinced it was her brother, my Uncle Jack, who had passed away eight years prior. She believed it was his spirit visiting to comfort her and to also bring her home. This was the first time I learned about what red cardinals symbolize.

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A BEAUTIFUL VISION

CARING CARDINALS ~ OUR STORY
by Lauren Lucerne

In January 2012, Leesah Marie Noon drew a pencil portrait of her dear friend Larry after he passed away suddenly. She gifted it to his parents for comfort, but extreme grief prevented them from displaying it. This left Leesah silently determined to find a special way for comforting the bereaved. Several months later, Leesah was blessed with two Cardinal Experiences, resulting in her vision for Caring Cardinals™️ which has evolved significantly.

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In Memory of Sandra L. Glover
Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

I currently live in my parents' home in Knoxville, Tennessee. My Mother died in 1982 and Father died in 1998. Both parents loved seeing the cardinal family that lived in a bush right outside my bedroom window. They built several nests and raised numerous baby birds over the years. Perhaps I took this cardinal family for granted as I did not realize cardinals are known to mate for life.

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ALLY’S CARDINAL
In Memory of Carol Wilder

Arlington, Virginia

I had the most wonderful Cardinal Experience early in the morning after letting my dogs outside. While waiting for them on my front porch, I could hear a cardinal chirping but was unable to see it. I finally spotted the female cardinal of a pair that reside in my yard. She was off in the distance and hiding in one of the evergreen trees along my driveway.

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MY CARDINAL CALL
by Jeannette Olson

Black River Falls, Wisconsin

Several years ago, I experienced three great losses within a period of only 15 months. The first was my mother who passed just 10 days before Christmas in 2006. Then, I lost a very dear aunt in October of 2007. Easter Day in 2008 my father passed away. My grief was overwhelming.

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LEI’D TO REST
In Memory of Carol Wilder

Oahu, Hawaii

My sister and I held a special Celebration of Life for our mom on the North Shore of Oahu on the one-year anniversary of her passing. The reason for that location was because our mom went to high school and college in Honolulu. She also visited Hawaii on a regular basis throughout her life to visit her best friend and a small group of very close friends. On the day of the celebration we gathered together with family and friends to celebrate our beautiful mom.

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ROSIE REDBIRD
In Memory of Rose Pizzitola

Canyon Lake, Texas

One week after my sister Rose passed away, my son and his family came to visit for comfort. My six-year old granddaughter was up early one morning enjoying her breakfast while I drank my coffee. The rest of our family was still asleep. Suddenly in a surprised and startling voice, my granddaughter said, “Grandma — There’s a redbird on the rail!” Resting on the handrail of my deck was a bright red cardinal. I replied, “Yes, that is Aunt Rosie letting us know that she is in Heaven; she is alright, and she is happy.”

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CANASTA CARDINAL
In Memory of Dorothy Booth

Charles City, Virginia

For years my mom has been telling me she had asked her mom to send a cardinal when she got to Heaven. My aunt also asked her to send a sign. They knew she would be in Heaven but still desired a message from her. I believe this was because the three of them have always been so incredibly close.

On January 20, 2019, I experienced the most amazing event at my aunt and uncle’s house in Virginia. My daughter and I stayed with them while in town for my grandma’s Celebration of Life service after she went to be with the Lord on January 9.

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A CARDINAL CONCUSSION

by Leesah Marie Noon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

One early morning toward the end of spring, I was enjoying a cup of coffee with my neighbor. The skies were bright blue, and the sun was gearing up for an extremely hot day. It was so peaceful with the sounds of crickets and a few birds. A beautiful red cardinal caught our attention as he landed on my bird feeder. We sat quietly and watched him eat, commenting on his vibrant red color. Suddenly, he flew away and collided into the backboard of my basketball net. I immediately ran over to find him laying lifeless in the grass. I recognized him as one of the many cardinals I had been photographing over the prior two years. The poor little guy was semi-conscious but unable to move.

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GOD AND MY DADDY
In Memory of Eddie A. DeFriend

Bossier City, Louisiana

It was a very rainy day in April 2017 when my Daddy passed. My husband, sister and I had been visiting with him all day at the hospital and left around 5:30 in the evening. The hospital’s front entrance featured a half circle drive that was completely covered with a large awning. As we exited the front door, I silently asked God to give me a sign so I would know that he had come and taken my sweet Daddy home.

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FEATHERED BLESSINGS
In Memory of Carol Wilder

Arlington, Virginia

My mom passed away in September 2017, and in June of this year, about a month before what would have been her 79th birthday, I noticed for the first time a pair of cardinals in my yard. They seemed to go out of their way to make me notice them. Separately, my sister had also started noticing the cardinals, but neither of us mentioned it to the other until one day when we saw the male cardinal at the same time. We both said aloud, “I think that’s mom.”

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I BELIEVE
In Memory of Salim B.

Howell, New Jersey

My husband passed away in February and shortly after his death, my little red cardinal friend began to stop by the house every morning. I explained to my 10 year old son that he was a visitor from Heaven and that he will be there whenever he needed him.

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LITTLE RED FEATHER
In Memory of Michael Turo

Ithaca, New York

Two years this July, I lost my wonderful father. He raised me, so I took it very hard. At the beginning of autumn following the one-year anniversary of his death, many memories of my dad flooded into my mind. Fall is hunting season in our area. The smell of the fresh air, strong coffee and crisp leaves made my heart ache for his presence. I had always felt that a sign from him would ease my pain.

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A THANKFUL CARDINAL
In Memory of Frederick John Caro, Sr.

Allentown, Pennsylvania

My dad died on April 27th seven years ago; exactly one week after we celebrated his 75th birthday. I think about him a lot during the month of April; so many memories.

One of my favorite memories of my dad is the Thanksgiving he spent with my family at our home. He and I were going to prepare the traditional feast for everyone. I remember he did almost everything, only stopping to ask me for a sharp knife, a big bowl, a cutting board….

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CARDINALS OF LOVE AND SIGNS FROM ABOVE
In Memory of Mary Emma McCraw

Melville, New York

On March 22, 2008, a little red bird flew to my side during the darkest moment of my life – I had just received the news that my sister Mary had lost her life. I was standing outside in the breezeway of my home, lost in grief when a beautiful red cardinal landed on the shrub in front of me. He took my breath away; he was such a vibrant sight. For a moment, my pain disappeared.

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CARING CARDINALS: NATURE'S GIFT FOR INNER PEACE

In 2012, Author and Photographer Leesah Marie Noon experienced the unexpected death of a dear friend and suffered a rather lengthy grieving period as a result. Several months later she was blessed by a Cardinal Experience in Florida and upon returning to her home in Pennsylvania, she was visited by yet another red cardinal. These events inspired her vision for helping others who had also experienced a loss. As a result, Leesah combined writing and photography to create Caring Cardinals: Nature's Gift for Inner Peace, a spiritual and inspirational gift book for the bereaved. This book was also blessed by Artist Jim Shore who penned the heartfelt and eloquent Foreword. 

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