I do have a few stories to share, not as interesting as many in this thread, but the latest has a direct link to ellasaunt's post so it seems to belong here.
BG: my MIL died very suddenly and unexpectedly about six months ago. She came home from having lunch and grocery shopping, and collapsed and died in the middle of putting the groceries away. Most of them were still near the front door when my FIL arrived home several hours later and found her. Obviously this was a complete shock and the grief in the family is still very raw. I loved my MIL and there are days I still don't believe she's gone.
ellasaunt's story stayed in my mind, and last week I was thinking about it and wondering what my MIL might leave as a sign. It occurred to me that she loved roses and that therefore it might be in the form of a rose blooming unexpectedly. We have a rosebush in our garden that used to be beautiful, but during some construction next door it had a lot of junk dumped on it, and its daylight was blocked, and it got small and stunted. Last summer we transplanted it to a different spot in the garden. This year we were relieved to see that it didn't die, but it's still not very big and we had very few flowers, nothing like it used to be. It's close to the end of the season here, and I figured that was it.
However...either the day after I had that thought about a sign from my MIL, or the day following that, I was in the back yard and noticed a great big bud on the rosebush. Right at the top of the plant, and in the centre, where I couldn't miss it. And a couple of days ago, it bloomed. A lovely, beautiful rose, easily the nicest flower we've seen on that plant for at least a couple of years. Coincidence? I have no way to know. But I choose to think it's my MIL letting us know that she's really still around.