Brotherly Love

I read, and loved, the book “Heaven is For Real.” If you haven’t read it, do. If you’ve lost a child and question whether Heaven is all you hope it could be for them? Read it. You won’t regret it.

In the book, a young boy faces a serious situation with a ruptured appendix, becomes septic, and dies. He is revived, and lives, but in the seconds or minutes he’s gone, he visits Heaven.

The accounts he shares, the details he remembers are vivid and bold. The story (which is a true story) will make you flush with anticipation to see it for yourself.

But I hope you wait a while to see it.

On Thursday, Henry told me he saw Heaven when he was “getting peace” (meditating in music) at school. Here is our conversation:

Me: What did it look like?

HL: It was in the clouds. There was a gold gate that was heavy.

Me: Was it cold?

HL: No. But I saw Charlie.

Me: (stunned) You did? What did he look like?

HL: He was a typical 8 year old but he had red hair like Lollie.

Me: (still stunned) Did you talk to him?

HL: No, I was just a speck in the wind so he didn’t see me.

Me: Who else was there?

HL: Scout and Olivia were there and they were playing in the clouds.

Then he changed the subject to snacks and Star Wars.

I was floored but didn’t let on that I was. I couldn’t shake it from my thoughts.

When Jason got home from his dinner, I told him. He wanted to hear it for himself, so we tried to wake Henry up. I was anxious to see if I got the same story or not.

Half asleep, Henry told the same details. But he added that he had on a football jersey and was celebrating that he’d just won the big game.

We poked for more questions but he said that’s all he knew.

We reassured him that it’s ok to see Charlie and that he’s special because he has his own personal angel. Our minds were blown but our hearts were full. They were also heavy with sadness.

With tears filling his eyes, Jason asked if Charlie was happy… “Of course he is, Dad. He’s in Heaven.”

Charlie would be 8 – turning 9 in May. And the lock of hair that the nurses gave us in the hospital was red… Redder than it was before he went into the hospital. But Henry doesn’t know either of those things.

Do I believe that Charlie visited Henry in music class? Of course I do.

Does it scare me? No way. It’s comforting to me. Our son who never knew his brother KNOWS him. He knows him in ways that nobody, none of us, will ever understand.

I hope Henry gets many more visits and can appreciate them for what they are.

Brotherly Love.

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  1. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
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  2. <3 You and Jason have two very special boys, to be sure! How awesome Henry was able to experience and share this with you both. Holding your precious family of four in much love.
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  3. Tears streaming down my face, Jana. I’m glad sweet Henry got to share a moment with Charlie.
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  4. Love this. <3

  5. Oh that made me cry, but in a good way! What a beautiful post. I really needed to hear something like this today. It warms my heart so much.
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  6. This is beautiful (and you were right – I needed my tissues). It is so special that Henry had this experience. I hope he has many more chances to see Charlie like this.

    I read that book, and loved it too.
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  7. So sweet Jana!

  8. ::tears::

    WOW! What a beautiful thing for Henry.
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  9. I wrote about something similar in December: http://lancemyblogcanbeatupyourblog.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/the-guardians-of-okay/

    In our house we talk a lot about God, Heaven, and angels. Not ina religious dogma sense but more ina comforting. With my father-in-law joining my grandparents (and according to my children, our recently deceased kitten, Jerri) last week, we’ve been talking about how Poppy and the others are still with us every day.

    I believe in The Guardians of Okay. They are there.

    Beuatiful post
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  10. Your boys are simply amazing! How wonderful for Henry to spend a few moments with his big brother. Hugs to all of you!

  11. That’s absolutely remarkable. You clearly have two very special boys. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience, and thanks also to Marty Tousley, who tweeted about it.

    Best wishes to all of you,

    Casey
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  12. What special grandchildren we have….and I’m SO glad that they have been together.
    I hope Charlie recognized that HL is his brother, but I’m sure he did ! I certainly believe that all of this is possible and give thanks for these special encounters. P.S. the book is a “must read”…short, but powerful !!

  13. I love you… xo

    Kleenex? Oh yes…

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