Is it possible to feel the emotions of a loved one after they have died?

by Sophie
(Qatar)

I lost my husband just over a year ago and I have been finding it very difficult to come to terms with my loss having succumbed to emotional eating and other forms of 'self-medication' that are not serving me. Yesterday I felt my husband was very close to me and I also felt that he was extremely sad for me and wanted to help in some way?

Can you tell me, is it possible for a departed loved one to have feelings for us after they have died or am a just imagining things. What I thought I experienced yesterday was, for a few moments, absolutely palpable.

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Jun 03, 2018
Talking to lost loved ones
by: Betty from Grief and Sympathy

Thank you for writing to us, we are very sorry to hear that you lost your partner only a year ago.

I'm sure you realise that comfort eating is not the long term solution but to admit it means you will control it when you come to terms with your huge loss and begin to know just how awesome that love was.

When we want something so desperately, it is easy to imagine that it is real. You want to see your loved one again, talk to him and feel him close.

All natural reactions to loss. You know that he would have been sad to see you so unhappy and so it is natural to feel as you did.

A lot of us manage our grief by living for the lost loved one and enjoying time with family and friends as he would have wanted you to do.

This early pathway of grief is hard. You have reached out to us for help, so you are positive and will cope. No-one finds this time easy.

Many of us still talk to our loved one's photograph each day and pretend they are still listening. It's a comfort for the grieving really but anything that helps is good.

Our very best wishes
Betty
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