“With every year that I grow older, I also draw closer to (my loved ones) to the day when we will once again be together. So I march through the deepening shadows, serene and unafraid, because I know that at the end of my journey they will be waiting for me.”
—Tess Gerritsen, The Silent Girl
Do you wonder about Heaven? I know I do. And now that my Dad is gone, I wonder about it more than ever.
Faith steps in and holds me to my truth and the belief which gives me comfort that, yes, Dad is in heaven. I believe he is with God. I believe he is in a place where pain, sorrow, loss, judgment, hatred, abuse and anything else we can think of no longer exists. He is at peace – no tears, no sadness just light, goodness, beauty and completely surrounded by love. He is also with those that have gone before him who are happy to see him again.
But do we know that for sure? I guess that’s what faith really is: evidence of things not seen. And since I can’t ask my Dad, I choose to believe that he is in a beautiful place and that one day I will see him again.
But what if we could know that what we believe was true? Wouldn’t that be the best confirmation that all is well and that there is nothing to fear? Wouldn’t a personal message from a loved one give us comfort and allow us to move on more easily and quickly?
I certainly think this would help everyone of us in the grief process. So I would like to share with you the following message that was written by a daughter after her mother passed away.
To my dearest family,
Some things I’d like to say…
First of all is to let you to know that I arrived ok. I’m writing this from heaven where I dwell with God above. Where there are no more tears and sadness, there is just eternal love. Please don’t be unhappy just because I’m out of sight. Remember that I’m with you, every morning, noon, and night.
The day that I had to leave you when my life on earth was through, God picked me up and hugged me and said “I welcome you. It’s good to have you back again. You were missed while you were gone. Your dearest family, they will be here later on. I need you here so badly, it’s part of my big plan. There’s so much that we have to do to help our mortal man.”
Then God gave me a list of the things he wished for me to do. And most of my list is to watch and care for you. And I will be beside you, every day and week and year and when you’re sad, I’m standing there to wipe away the tears. And when you lie in bed at night, the days chores put to flight, God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night.
When I think of my life on earth and all those loving years, because you’re only human, they are bound to bring you some tears. Please do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain. Remember there would be no flowers unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned but one thing is for certain, though my life is over I am closer to you now than I ever was before. And to my many friends, trust God knows what’s best. I’m still not far away from you I’m just beyond the crest. There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb but together we can do it, taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you too that as you give on to the world, still the world will give to you. If you can help somebody who is in sorrow or in pain, then you can say to God at night, “My day was not in vain”. And now I am content that my life was worthwhile knowing that as I passed along the way I made somebody smile. So if you meet somebody who is down and feeling low, just lend a hand to pick them up as on your way you go.
When you’re walking down the street and you’ve got me on your mind, I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind. And when you feel that gentle breeze or wind upon your face, that’s me giving you a great big hug or just a soft embrace. And when it’s time for you to go from that body to be free, remember you are not going you are coming here to me. And I will always love you from that land up above. We’ll be in touch again soon.
P. S. God sends his love.
My wish for you is that after reading this message, you find comfort in the words and know that your loved one is with you and always within your reach. They may not be here to see you, touch you or speak to you but they are with you always, surrounding you with their love and light and nudging you to never give up but to honor the love you shared by moving on and being the best version of yourself that you can be.