Losing a child is perhaps the hardest thing any parent could go through, but sometimes it seems as if departed loved ones send us signs to say they are still with us, and everything feels more bearable.
When 45-year-old Marie Robinson received one of those signs in the form of a bird, she was overcome with emotion and knew her late son Jack's presence was close.
"It brought me to tears," Robinson wrote on her Facebook page, adding that she was "taking it as a sign from jack."
April 1 is always a hard day for the English mom. On that day in 2014, Robinson lost her 4-year-old son after doctors diagnosed him with a brain tumor just three months earlier, reports the Daily Mirror. As the third anniversary of his death drew nearer, Robinson dreaded the day she, her daughters and Jack's identical twin had to relive the difficult memories.
"Early Saturday morning I got in the car and said out loud, 'Jack, please show Mummy a sign,' and thought I'll see him after I finished work," she told the Daily Mirror.
She left at 1 p.m. and walked to the grave site where her son had been laid to rest. She stared at her son's headstone, a portion of which reads: "Always in our dreams/ Forever in our hearts/ 'Fly high.'"
"I was overcome with emotion and I sat on the grass next to Jack," said the grieving mom. "With that a little robin kept flying around me trying to land on me, eventually landing on my foot. He didn't seem scared at all."
The bird then landed on a headstone near Jack's, so Robinson took out her phone and began filming. Then, something incredible happened: the robin landed right on her hand.
"He kept looking at me directly in my face and at one point he landed on my shoulder and nibbled me a couple of times," she said.
Robinson's story has since gone viral. As of the evening of April 3, the video has more than 92,000 shares, with over 190,000 reactions and 28,000 comments.
Robins are commonly considered to be visitors from loved ones who have passed and are said to symbolize that the deceased person still loves the recipient and/or is watching over them, according to the Daily Mirror.
"Every time I lose someone close I have a Robbin come to me the day after," one person commented on Robinson's Facebook post. "It's comforting hope it put a smile on your face as big as the smile I had."