I took one of my daughters and our dog to “Dog Beach” in Del Mar. While the two of them were running ahead to greet the plethora of happy leash-free dogs, I realized that it was my dad’s birthday. And when I thought that thought, I looked down at the sand. What I saw left me a bit speechless. I found a heart shaped piece of sea glass. I know it sounds cliché.

When I saw this heart shaped piece of sea glass I was immediately transported back in time to when I was a little girl, around the age of 7 and on the shores of Lake Michigan. It was a moment so real I could smell the air. I could see that I was wearing a two piece yellow bathing suit with white trim, holding my dad’s hand and skipping with excitement. We were on the look-out for sea glass!

Sea glass is glass that comes from broken bottles, broken tableware or even shipwrecks that has been rolled around and tumbled by the sand for years until all the hard edges have been worn off and becomes frosted in appearance. Kind of like nature’s giant rock tumbler. For many summers we would go collect sea glass and I would put them in a jar. I remember in the cold, dark wintery days, I would open that jar and it would smell wonderful. Just like summer. This little sign was a reminder that we are never alone.

When a sign appears it can be exhilarating. It’s a reminder that love never dies.

It can be comforting to look for signs of a loved one who has crossed over. It’s also important not to obsess about looking for those signs because we are here to live a mortal life, to be present with the living, to be present with our loved ones. After all, we still have a life to liv

We always say that every death has a purpose, just as every birth. However, the death of a loved one is never permanent as we are all eternal. In the depths of grief and despair, it’s important to remember that nothing is permanent.

If you have a loved one who died and are unsure if they have crossed over, play The Crossing Over Prayer.