[quote="Chochy, post:3, topic:177278"]
I believe the "sense of peace" you experienced was communication from God. He is the great healer. The more we believe the more we see and experience. When someone passes away, I tell their loved ones to pay attention. Amazing things often happen during our periods of deep grief. I believe the Holy Spirit knows when we are in need of His comfort. I would encourage you to share your experiences with others. Ask for the gift of discernment. Perhaps God provides you with these experiences (blessings) so you can trust in Him, therefore helping others to trust in Him too.
May the Lord bless and keep you. May His face shine upon you. May His graciousness be like an endless stream. May the Lord show His favour, on your house and your neighbor , till the last remaining strife on earth has ceased. May He grant you peace.
Thanks for your thoughts, but these people sometimes are not particularly close to me, nor do I feel grief. In fact in my own family's case, I didn't get this sense of peace, I certainly didn't get it when my father died, for reasons I've mentioned elsewhere, although I did feel something when my sister died. I suppose you'd call it a spiritual nudge.
I remember when we were casting some of her ashes into the sea about a year later. Just as I did my bit, a wave broke over the rocks and half saturated me. I couldn't help but think it was almost like her sometimes sarcastic sense of humour in action.
For example I'm pretty sure I had a similar sense of peace when a strongly Catholic chap I used to work with died. I didn't find out technically he'd died until I saw an obituary in the local Catholic newspaper. But casting my mind back I remember a particular day around that date, that I had a sense of his being surprised about a few things, and at the same tmie I felt this "sense of peace". But I didn't feel grief, and still don't. We weren't that close, and he's probably in heaven anyway, or pretty close to it.