I have had the strangest situation and need some advice. There was a boy... Let's call him James. I had never seen or even heard of James before. The first time I heard his name was when a friend called my mom and told her of James's passing. My heart dropped and I felt strange, but I thought nothing of it. A year later, his name came up again. His parents were coming to speak at a local church in my community. Out of curiosity, I went. As soon as I arrived at the church I was paralyzed with grief. I had uncontrollable sobbing and couldn't collect myself. Inside the building they had a picture of James, and I recognized him from my dreams. His name comes up everywhere. I see his face all the time. I can't escape him. Is there any way we could be connected or he is trying to communicate with me?
It's possible but not necessarily the case. Personally if I had a question like this I would meditate on it or try to speak to him in a dream, rather then asking strangers what they think. People can only give you their view on something like this, not an actual answer.
I would definitely consider divination for this situation. If you do not know how to read for yourself, then find a talented one. Everyone's response here will be pure guess, albeit some may be "educated" guesses. My educated guess would be that this individual was a soul mate. Contrary to popular "new age" belief, we can have many soul mates. Mates can be friends, not just lovers. When I was young, I was personally taught that they were called "kindred spirits". I think it's a more fitting name.
The other possibility would be what is known as a twin flame. It goes along with the Greek philosophy that we are only one half of a whole soul. We can only have one twin flame. But they don't mirror us, they are just like us. This causes conflict because who can really live with themselves? I believe I would drive myself insane! They are intensely drawn to one another because like attracts like, so you attracts the other half of you. They aren't necessarily meant to be together. And most of the time, one is a spirit and guides the other.
No offense but i dont believe any of that. I beleive that your empathic abilities are emerging. The chances that you are accidentaly communicating with a newly dead soul, a child at that are zero to none with no experience in mediumship and no history of it up to now. The more people you got around that were sad, the sadder you got. You wanted to help these sad people but grief is a strong feeling and transferrence of emotion onto someone who is not practicing sheilding when they become aware of what is happening can easily get overwhelmed.