The cardinal bird is near and dear to the hearts of many, myself included. Beyond its stunning appearance and unique song, it's often seen as a messenger connecting us to loved ones who have passed away.

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According to Birds & Bloom, catching sight of a cardinal is more than just a coincidence. It's believed to be a sign that a departed family member or friend is close by, watching over and offering comfort. This very belief helps me during times of grief and stands as a reminder that the bonds we share with those we love go beyond even death.

LOOK: SEE A CARDINAL? IT COULD MEAN A LOVED ONE IS NEARBY

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The cardinal's vibrant red color pops out against the Texas backdrop, catching attention and sparking a sense of hope. Its presence during moments of transition is seen as a positive sign that departed loved ones are cheering us on from beyond.

In many cultures, the cardinals are a sign of renewal and vitality. Here in Texas, that same symbolism is deeply rooted in almost everyone I know. Catching the sight of a cardinal perched on a branch or hearing its sweet birdsong is the highlight of my day. I only wish it happened more often.

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So, when you happen upon a cardinal, take a quick minute to reflect on the significance it holds. Maybe it's a message from a loved one or a reminder of the circle of life. Either way, a cardinal popping in to say hello can bring a sense of peace and love.

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Gallery Credit: Allison Rapp

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