Coping With Death
Submitted by Rita

Nine years ago, my husband passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 36. We had four children aged 16, 14, 10 and 8. We had accepted the fact that his illness was terminal and started preparing ourselves for his death. Joe had a stroke after his brain surgery, couldn't walk and was totally dependent. We had all prepared ourselves in our own way for his death. Everyone except our 14 year old daughter. She wouldn't talk about it and had nothing to do with pre-planning the funeral.

One night, I was reading in our family room and she had been sitting in the bedroom with her father, who had been bed ridden for about a month. She came to me and asked me to come into the bedroom. As I entered the room, she asked me if I saw them? I asked her what do you see and she said "I see angels". There where 3 or 4 in the room at the time. This frightened her tremendously asking me why she was the only one that saw them. She could tell me exactly what they were doing, what they looked like and where they were in the room. Early the next morning, Joe starting seizuring and this continued for nearly three hours, one seizure after another. By noon that day, he was in a coma and never regained consciousness. Everytime our daughter entered the bedroom, she would tell me what the angels were doing. They never were close to Joe, always somewhere else in the room. This continued for three days and on the fourth day she told me that the angels were above her father's bed. We all knew in our hearts that this was going to be the day. Three hours later, at 12 noon, Joe passed away. The angels took Joe with them.

We all came to realize that not only were the angels there, waiting to take Joe with them, they were there to comfort us in knowing that they were taking him to a better place!

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