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When I was 7 years old, I lost an uncle to cancer and the world had been taken out from under me. He was related to my family by marriage as he married my youngest aunt.

Although I love my aunt dearly, I also felt as though her late first husband was related to me by blood because he was the love of her life and they were very happy for the short time they were together - they were separated by his death. He treated us kids in the family as his own nieces and nephews and not just thought of us as his wife's relatives.

Years passed and I continued to remember good times we all had together with him, before his condition deteriorated and his quality of life was diminished. Then when I was 21, I had a dream where we had a conversation. I was experiencing some career dilemmas and I was unsure about giving up on my accounting course.

In this dream, I had this vivid conversation with my late uncle, James, and he asked me what I'm doing with my life now. I told him that I was studying accounting and that it was the best thing I ever did. The strangest thing about this is that I didn't really feel that way in real life, I was about to quit.  I was talking in past tense as though I'd completed the course.

His response was very positive, he said, 'Good on you' and he smiled in a way that showed me his approval of my career choice. After this point I was very confused, but I continued with the studies, I completed my diploma because I felt God was guiding me through the words of an uncle I loved. I would definitely listen to him.

Even now that many years have passed (I'm in my early 40's with two children of my own), I sometimes still get disillusioned with my job in accounting. Looking back, though, it's opened a lot of doors and given me constant work. Even if I do consider trying to get work in the communications field because I like writing more than balancing books, I still will not completely give accounting up.

One thing which freaked me out recently is my brother and I were discussing about this same uncle with our mother because we didn't know much about him while we were growing up. We asked about his occupation out of curiosity because we didn't know what kind of work he did before he starting becoming seriously ill. From what my mother remembered it was accounting or finance. How bizarre. That probably explains why he gave me so much support when I said I was studying accounting.

I really believe I communicated with my uncle that night through that dream, I have no doubt whatsoever. He even liked some of the same music I have enjoyed since childhood and I didn't know about that connection either till recently.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that with anyone that also finds it fascinating to hear about dreams of those we've lost. I hope you find something comforting about this and share something you have also experienced which has brought you comfort for many years later, as this has for me.



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