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Reflections on a Road Called Grief ~ Part 1

Updated on July 12, 2008

When a parent dies, you lose your past; when a child dies, you lose your future. - Anonymous

Today, July 9th, 2008 is the first anniversary of my precious grandson, Gabriel James' home-going. At the young and tender age of eight, Gabriel abruptly left this earthly life and entered into eternity.As I reflect on the past twelve months, I know heartache is ever present ...... I know as I pass through the remainder of my days, each season, each new year will hold ponderings about Gabriel and what his earthly life would have been like. Just seeing his best friend Luke two days ago, ( I had not seen him in a year) and noticing how tall Luke had grown brought images of a precious nine year old Gabriel.

~ Questions ~

Do children grow up or get older in Heaven or do we remain the same age as when we entered in?

Do our loved ones in heaven pray for us or is this earthly life erased from their recollection?


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      7 years ago

      Sorry about your Gabriel. I also have lost loved ones- my baby daughter when I was 6 mo. pregnant (her name is Amy), Corey James, my grandson who died at age 3 months, my late husband, John, at age 35, the 3 years ago on Valentine's Day, my dad. I have written hubs about grief, "Blessed are Those who Mourn", and A Bittersweet Memory". God bless!

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      Kim Garcia 

      9 years ago

      What a great question as I'm sure many parents have asked that same question who may have lost a child at birth, or one from an incurable disease or accident. My grandmother asked that same question as she had 4 miscarriages before my mom was born. And she wondered many times if she would meet her children in heaven, and would they know her. She has gone home to be with the Lord now, but in my spirit I believe they were all there waiting for her and were of a mature age. Silly thought....not sure why, but I have a notion that we will all be age 33 in Heaven. The age Jesus was when he was crucified and rose again. As we will be like Him. Not biblically founded, just a hunch. Peace n' Blessings! ~K


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