It's hard losing someone who you were close with. I don't even need to tell you that, I'm sure. We've all lost someone. It's a harsh reality of life.

But even though they're physically gone, they can still be near us from time to time. These are signs your deceased relative is still with you:

1. You smell them

When the spirit of a loved one is near, it can manifest in a number of ways. One of the more common ways is scent. The way someone smells is often the strongest connection to them.

It can be the smell of pipe tobacco or perfume, or even the odor of your favorite food being prepared. Appreciate it. It's a message being sent directly to you from your deceased loved one.