Heaven; What Do You Think It Is?

Recently my last uncle, whom I always called “Unkie,” passed away; he was my absolute favorite uncle. A few months ago when we were talking on the phone, he asked me what I thought Heaven was like. I told him what I have always believed that, when we pass on, I believe that our loved ones who have gone on before us will be waiting for us; arms open wide and smiling.

Of course, we won’t truly know until we get there, but I’d like to think that this is true. Years ago I watched a movie called “Defending Your Life,” starring Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep. It was an American romantic/comedy movie (1991) about a man who dies and arrives in the afterlife only to find that he has to stand trial and justify his fears in order to advance to the next phase of existence or be sent back to Earth to do it again. (Check it out; it’s a good one!)

Although we won’t know what to expect until we ourselves pass on, I’d like to think that we will see our loved ones again. It’s my own belief that we will. Who knows? Years ago, Mom and I used to talk about Heaven. She too felt that our loved ones are waiting patiently for us, too.

Years ago I read about a children’s doctor who had seen some of his young patients die, only to be revived and have a story to tell. What these children all said was that they saw their aunts and uncles and grandparents who had died, and even their pets who also had died! One little girl who had died but had come back to life described that she had been standing beside a beautiful river with flowers on each side of the river. Then she told the doctor this: “and Penny was there too!” The doctor asked who Penny was, and she said, “that’s my dog who died last year.” Amazing, isn’t it?

Personally, that gives me hope and comfort.


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