grandmother died suddenly in February, 1996. Her daughter
had a 22-month-old baby girl, and this little girl and
her grandmother had had a very special loving relationship.
The little girl was bright and unusually articulate
and her grandmother went out of her way to see her almost
one knew how to tell the baby that her grandmother had
died. When it came time for the funeral service, the
daughter left the baby with her in-laws. Following the
service and the reception, the mother went to her in-law's
residence to pick up her daughter. She fastened her
in her car seat in the rear seat of the car and started
to drive home.
they were traveling, the baby started talking quite
excitedly. Despite the fact that she was only 22 months
old, she was very articulate and could speak plainly
enough that most people were able to understand her.
This time, however, she was speaking a kind of gibberish
which her mother could not understand.
she asked the little girl who she was talking to. The
child answered in a somewhat impatient tone, "Grandma!"
Her mother was startled and asked where Grandma was.
In the mirror, she could see the baby gesture clearly
to the open space beside her on the seat.
baby went on chattering for a while, and after a moment
her mother asked, "What is Grandma saying?" And her
daughter answered, "Mommy, Grandma says she's happy.
She's in heaven now."
no one had yet told her that her grandmother had died.