It all started with the Philippine TV Show, 100 Days to Heaven. The little boy named Kevin was hit by a car for saving her bestfriend, Ana (lead role). He has weak heart and everyone in his family did not expect he will go that soon. My daughter saw that episode. And since then, she kept on asking where people who dies go.
I was not yet really ready to answer that. I started with the good angel and bad angel where the former lives in heaven with Papa God, the creator, and the former in hell, where everything is bad and ugly. Thankfully she grasped the idea well. So I told her, people who die go to heaven. Period.
Then late last year, one of my maternal grandmother’s sister died. Of course I had to go and the girls were with me. Alex popped the question again and I told her the same thing. This time though, she made a follow up question: When will she wake up? It gets complicated. Thankfully, even before I gave the answer, some kids went to her and asked her to play. Whew!
I did not expect that death. Actually, everybody did not expect it. Her husband’s death the previous year was also unexpected. But in that, their children learned and as soon as everything was fixed after their dad’s burial, the children considered Funeral preplanning.
From time to time, Alex still recounts the wake and still asks me about our grandmother. I just keep on telling her that she is already in heaven.