I just got off the phone to my sister. My little nephew is only 6 years old and he is an extremely articulate and intelligent young being. He is very logical, Like all kids! “What do you want from me and Tim for Christmas?…” “Oh nothing thanks, Santa has got at all covered!” See perfectly logical. However his tiny mind has had to take on a new type of emotion this week. A little boy in his class sadly died of Leukaemia 2 weeks ago, and this week the class were told that he would no longer be returning and has gone to heaven. (I am actually crying writing this now) Its completely heartbreaking. After I got off the phone I literally sat there feeling sick to my gut. And so my little nephew is now worried he is going to suddenly die of leukaemia too. Or even worse for him, that his mum or his brother might suddenly die. He has even asked my sister if I will die soon. And so this evening my sister will be sitting down with him to try and explain in a very grown up way that you cant just die of Leukaemia, and try and help him understand that death (as scary as it is) isn’t really something for a 6 year old boy to be worrying about. They have taken lots of kids book out of the local library that explain death and help children un scramble the whole confusion surrounding it. Where do you start? I’m going to give him a call later, I’m almost certain he will be well happy with all this new knowledge about life! Its crazy to think these are all little things that will stay with him forever. It seems weird to say it on here because they have no idea who I am, and I have no idea who they are but my thoughts are with the family of that little boy and I hope that little guy is having the fucking best time up in heaven.
EDIT: Sorry, its come to my attention that this little idot feels the need to add “Heaven probably isn’t real, and for you to try and console someone based on a horrible prejudice, and contradictory ideology seems the real crime” Thank you for your wise words. And yeah, I myself don’t belive in Religion or particularly believe in heaven or hell. However knowing the school that child attended, I know the family are religious and therefore my beliefs, and yours for that matter seem completely irreluvant. And if that family can take any comfort in the idea that there child has perhaps gone to a better place, then I for one will not stand in the way of that. And the least anyone can do is hope that they are correct and that their son is in a happier place wither that be buried 6ft underground in a wooden box or in fact in ‘Heaven’. I know which I’d rather believe.