Ghosts of 9/11: They Are Talking, Are We Listening?

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messages by bonnie mceneaneyBonnie McEneaney was a skeptic, just like you may be now. In the days and weeks following the death of her husband, Eamon (pronounced: Aye-mon), in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, McEneaney continued to question that the "signs" her dead husband was sending her were real and not some imaginary attempt to hold on to something she'd lost forever.

An eerie wind out of nowhere on a perfectly still day, making a river pattern among the leaves and branches of the trees.

A blue heron, a bird not native to Connecticut in the middle of winter and having great significance to her personally, guiding her to a burial plot in a local cemetery.

And then the penny. For her, this is what made her believe beyond a doubt that her dead husband was communicating with her from another realm.

She was at a restaurant with friends, discussing some of the strange things she and other spouses and relatives of 9/11 victims had experienced since the terrorist attack. She was explaining that Eamon had foreseen his own death several times, most recently two days before he died while he and Bonnie were watching the World War II-based Band of Brothers miniseries about D-Day, which occurred on June 6, 1944.

She opened her menu, and there sat a wheat penny -- from 1944.

The restaurant did not operate in cash or tips. No one else knew the background or would be so cruel as to plan such a mean practical joke. McEneaney could not rationalize any other way that the penny, with that specific date, could have gotten there, except for Eamon.

"This was just an incredible experience," McEneaney said. "No one at the table could explain where the penny came from. For me, it was clear. And what makes this experience even more remarkable was that the entire day I was beginning to feel like I had made a big mistake -- my own skepticism setting in. When the penny appeared that evening, it was if Eamon was saying, 'Don't give in to your doubts -- stay the course.' And I did."

author bonnie mceneaney
Author Bonnie McEneaney
McEneaney has chronicled her own spiritual experiences and those of numerous others in the book Messages: Signs, Visits, and Premonitions From Loved Ones Lost on 9/11, which goes on sale today.

Her goal is not to convert skeptics, but to help others who've lost loved ones open up to the possibility that they might be receiving messages, too. She believes that when you love someone, even when they die, the relationship continues -- it's just different. That special connection is not broken.

The book gave me chills. I'm fascinated by this possibility, and talked with McEneaney, who provided 4 key ways the rest of us can try to be more spiritually open to communication from the dead.

1. You don't have to be religious.

"Raised Christian myself, I have thought a lot about this. I was brought up to believe in the resurrection of Christ -- that there is truly more than this Earthly existence we lead. And yet, when there is a sign that there may really be more than this, we become skeptics again ... 'it's impossible because we (with our human limitations) can't understand it' or 'it simply can't be because we haven't seen it ourselves.' The reality is, for most of us, unless you have had a spiritual experience yourself, it's extremely difficult to transition from skeptic to believer. Not until I experienced the events described in my book did I realize how transforming these experiences could be."

2. Realize that premonitions happen to people of all beliefs.

"Although he was raised Catholic, Eamon was more spiritual than religious. He shaped his view of the spiritual world by combining tenets from several religions in addition to Christianity, Buddhism being one of them. I don't know why he had premonitions. This is a phenomenon that has been going on forever. Countless cases are documented. And why do some people see signs from their loved ones when others don't? There are just certain things that the human mind may never understand. There were so many things that made Eamon special. But all these traits do not preclude anyone else from having a strong presence after death. Perhaps, in part, I believe it's a function of how much love existed between the one who passed over and the one left behind."

3. You may be getting signs right now -- you just might not realize it.

"This phenomenon is not unique to 9/11; it has and continues to happen all around us. Most people don't talk about their experiences for fear they will be judged in some negative way. But I have found that when I talk to small groups, it seems the one who hasn't had something unusual happen is the exception. And it's possible that they missed a sign that occurred right next to them. This is what has the most meaning for me."

4. Don't overlook the signs in your own life.

"Pay attention to the small things that happen around you -- small but unusual. Signs from nature -- bird and butterfly behavior, coins, messages in dreams. There is a danger in looking for something too hard. Just be aware. The messages are never complex -- on the contrary, they are very basic -- even when someone has a sensory visitation, when they smell, feel, hear, or even see the loved one they lost. In most cases, the message is simply that the person who passed on is doing fine and still looking out for the loved one left behind. Just be open to all the spiritual possibilities that surround you every day."

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Have you had a spiritual experience from someone who's passed? McEneaney would love to hear from you at her Messages website.


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Jen52 Jen52

A girl I went to high school with died on September 11th.  She worked as a successful accountant at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center.  She was married with two young children.  This girl was my nemesis throughout most of my preteen and teen life.  She was my arch enemy, and because of her bullying and persuasive ways, annihilated my self esteem during a very fragile time in my youth.  So much so, that even today, as a 41 year old woman, I have issues with abandonment and self esteem. 


To make a long story short (or maybe even longer), I was looking on the Cantor Fitzgerald tribute site during one of the 9/11 anniversaries.  I went to her page, and quickly saw that her birthday was March 2nd.  The same as my first born son.  Wow, right?!


I truly believe it's a sign from her.  Apologizing for they way she treated me all those years ago.  I accept.  I do accept.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

I truely belive when someone dies they give you signs they are still around. My mom passed in 99 from breast cancer and she always gives me signs she is watching over me.

nonmember avatar Sarah

LOL@ delusions.

Freela Freela

My grandfather always smoked a pipe- it has a distinctive odor to the tobacco.  While he was alive, my mom and dad were always hoping to purchase a lakeside lot to build a log cabin to use as a cottage.  Several years after his death, they purchased the lot and began construction.  One morning when the property was being built, my mom walked out and strongly smelled the odor of pipe tobacco.  The lot is pretty isolated, no one else was around.  She got my dad and he could smell it too- he walked up and down the dirt road behind the lot but could find no one around.  My mom completely believes that this was a sign from my grandfather, that he was there to visit the cottage they had always wanted but that he didn't live to see.

pebos... pebos_mama

my DH was very close to his papaw and he passed away when my DH was 14,my DH was the last person to see him alive,theyd been breaking colts that morning,and he went to the house to take a break,he took a shower and when he got out he died from a heart attack.that night DH cried himself to sleep and while in a dead sleep,he heard papaw say"hey boy, cowboy up"and then he was gone.i never had the privilege of meeting papaw but while my DH was away on military duty,i took flags to papaws grave for vetsday,and at the time my DH and i were having alot of problems.and while i was out there praying and thinkin about the man who shaped my DH into the wonderful person he is today i felt something surround me like a comfortable warmth.and i believe it was papaw,i felt like he was telling me"dont give up on him just yet,he needs u and im workin on him"i called my DH that night and told him i loved him so much and i would do anything to save our marraige,he said he loved me too and hed had me on his mind all day,and then he said the craziest thing,he said"you know babe,papaw sure wouldve loved you"and i hadnt said a word about what i felt from him that day!my DH and i are still together and just celebrated 5yrs together and anytime i need help dealing with him,i ask God and Pawpaw to help us out, and they always do!

mommix4 mommix4

When you die you either go to Heaven or hell. You don't roam the earth leaving pennies. Ghosts aren't real but demons pretending to be your loved ones are

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