card #1 represents the spirit, a little info about who they are
card # 2 represents why they are with you right now
card # 3 represents what they want you to know
card # 4 represents what actions you can take and/or how you can help them
card # 5 is a summary/outcome of the entire reading
I made this spread specifically for people who have a spirit hanging around them, but I think it can easily be adapted to your situation.
I know this is completely out of context, but I heard the dead keep in touch with through your dreams. I believe this is true due to the fact that my deceased father has been visiting my mother in her dreams for the past ten years.
Spirits communicate with us in lots of ways. What might hinder growth on either part is to not let go fully, constantly pine for someone and wish they were back in physical form, from my experience.
However, communication with those on the other side is a beautiful thing, and they study how to do it just like we do.
I'm a medium myself, constantly learning, and communication of this sort is a beautiful thing. I believe that we are eternal...that earth isn't our first "gig." lol We communicate with people we left behind, people who's left the physical plane, guides, you name it.
I'm not gonna say much more, because this is a thread asking for a spread, after all.