Ever heard the old phrase, "When Cardinals appear, loved ones are near."? Symbolic signs appear in many forms, but the red cardinal has long been embraced world wide as the most notable spiritual messenger who has been sent by our loved ones in Heaven to watch over us. The word cardinal comes from the Latin word cardo which means hinge, thus the cardinal is serving as the hinge on the doorway between Earth and Heaven, delivering messages back and forth. Cardinal-themed gifts for an adult or child who has experienced a loss are truly meaningful and become treasured gifts for a lifetime. Cardinals appear when angels are near.