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DOUBLE THE LOVE
In Memory of Mary Jane Klaybor

South Bend, Indiana

My Mom passed away on August 12, 2018. The one-year anniversary of her passing is approaching, which has led me to think about the many stories I’ve read on the Caring Cardinals® website where folks have asked their loved ones for a "sign". I know that my mom is always with me, but I also asked her to show me something … anything … so that I would know for sure.

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MY CARING CARDINAL
In Memory of Dan Triezenberg

Orland Park, Illinois

I live in a condominium and always hear the birds chirping and singing, but never see them. My dear friend Kim created a bright and beautiful flower garden on my balcony for comfort while my son Dan was dying from Cancer.

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CARDINAL LIFE CYCLE

PHOTO COLLECTION
Provided by Leslie Wilder

Cardinals usually raise two broods of young each year. They mate in March and again from May through July. The female typically lays 2-4 eggs with an incubation period of about 12 days. They build cup-shaped nests in small trees, bushes, shrubs and thick vines that are 3 to 8 feet off the ground. Their nests consist of twigs, bark, grass, moss and other soft materials. Young cardinals will leave the nest after only 11 days and begin to fly within 20 days!

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GRATEFUL GARDEN
In Memory of John Selkirk Bryce

Warkworth, Ontario

My father-in-law passed away on October 30, 2018. In spring the following year, my husband and I planted a memorial garden in his memory. We planted several of his favorite shrubs and flowers. We also added a bench so that my mother-in-law or my husband and I can sit and share memories or sit quietly and think about this man who was incredibly wise, giving and deeply loved by his family and friends.

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A WING RING
In Memory of Bettye Marie Dudley

Herndon, Virginia

We were away on vacation recently and thanks to our security system Ring, we received a live video alert whenever a visitor was at our front door.For three straight days during our vacation, we received an early morning alert. We viewed each video and were surprised to see the same visitor each day … a bright red cardinal! More than likely, this has been happening for a much longer period as after returning from our vacation, my husband stopped checking the early morning alert videos.

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BABY BLESSINGS
In Memory of Junior Loughead

Beaver Crossing, Nebraska

My dad passed away on February 7, 2019 and the weekend before his funeral, my mom and I were at home, not feeling up to even going to church. My dad always saw deer while sitting on their back deck. My mom and I went outside to sit, and I silently wondered if my dad would find a way to show us his deer.

He did not. Instead, he sent us at least six male and female cardinals! We sat and watched them for a very long time. My mom said she had never seen that many cardinals together at one time.

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A SPECIAL WAVE
In Memory of Mary Lou Hughes

Branson, Mississippi

Red cardinals have become my favorite animal after losing my mother over a year ago.

On the day of my mother’s memorial, I had been working on what to say and hoping I would do her justice for her kind and generous heart. While backing out of my driveway headed for the memorial, I saw the most beautiful redbird sitting on my fence. I locked eyes with the bird I swear it raised its left wing and waved to me! I broke down in tears. The moment I saw this majestic beauty, I knew instantly it was my mom's spirit. Something just came over me from the bottom of my feet to the top of my heart and I was one hundred percent certain. What made this even more special is at the time it happened I did not know red cardinals are embraced as visitors from Heaven!

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A SONG FOR DAD
In Memory of John Dufour

Amherstberg, Ontario

My dad passed away very unexpectedly last week and our family is heartbroken! The day after he passed, my mom, two brothers and I sat around the dining room table to make the the arrangements. I heard a cardinal outside and told my brother. Ten minutes later I had to run out to my car for something. While walking back toward the house, I noticed a red cardinal in a tree, and he was singing. He appeared to be looking directly at me. I have always been able to imitate the cardinal call, so I whistled back, and the cardinal immediately responded! I sat down on our porch and we continued to call out to each other for several minutes.

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SPECIAL SIGNS
In Memory of Norman Gregor, Jr.

Waterford, Michigan

When my dad was in the process of passing, my brother said to him, “Send us lots of signs, dad.” I didn’t really think about it until a stunning red cardinal landed outside one of our house windows and stared directly inside at my son. We remained quiet and stared back at the cardinal before he flew away. My dad loved my son SO MUCH and they were very close. I believe with all my heart this cardinal was my dad.

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MY FATHER’S FLOCK
In Memory of Roman Vos

Butner, North Carolina

On May 15, 2016, my dear father passed away at four in the morning from Lung Cancer. During that morning, the hospice nurse was there and shortly afterwards he was transported to the funeral home for cremation.

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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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DAILY BLESSINGS
In Memory of Sandra L. Glover

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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