Glimpses of Heaven
By Trudy Harris

God Sent Daddy to Take Mom to Heaven

Dear Trudy,
My mother died after a six-month battle with lung disease. She faced it the way she faced every day of her life, with God leading her.

The last few days were the hardest. She was in a lot of discomfort, and I found myself begging God to ease her pain. I was upset that my mother, who was such a devoted and faithful Christian, was in such pain.

During her illness, Mom often spoke to people the rest of us could not see. Dad had been gone for 16 years, and I longed for some sign that his presence was with her. I so desperately needed to know, too, that God was with her.

The day she was dying, she moaned and said over and over, "I don't want to die." I didn't understand where God was when she needed him the most. Then it seemed that Mom grew calmer. We knew the time was very close for her to leave us. We were gathered around her bed and suddenly she seemed to become very alert and her face softened into the sweet smile we all loved.

She looked up to the ceiling over her bed and said, "Eddie's up there, Eddies up there!" Moments later she died, the smile still on her face. God let us know that he was there all along and sent Daddy to take Mom home! This gave all of us great peace.

Dear Friend,

Your mom died very quickly after just six months of illness. While that time was painful for all of you to watch, God was preparing her soul to meet him. There is much to be thankful to God for in that regard. People often linger and suffer for much longer with disease and so she was really blessed.

She had not seen your dad in 16 years and I am sure she wanted to know that he would be with her when she got to heaven. At the end of life, people often look for those who have already died, and I think that may have been the reason she said, “I don’t want to die.” She wanted to be sure he would be with her.

You all sensed that she was leaving, and as she became calmer, God allowed her to see your dad, which freed her spirit to go on to God for eternity. Her smile told you everything. How good God is to have allowed you and your family to have the peace that would forever remain in your hearts.

Trudy Harris

Trudy gets so many questions from Guideposts readers, we decided to make her answers a regular feature on her blog. If you have a story about a “glimpse of heaven,” please share it with us. Send it to

Trudy Harris, RN, is the author of the popular Glimpses of Heaven and More Glimpses of Heaven. Although now retired, she was a hospice nurse and president of Jacksonville's Hospice Foundation for Caring where she raised more than $45 million in capital contributions. You can find her on Facebook!

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My son was saved when he was 12, but he spent a lot of his life living away from The Lord and was abusive to his family. He died in January of this year with a heart attack and he died in his sleep. I thought when I went to visit that I might see signs of a struggle, but his hands were at rest and his face looked like he just fell asleep. I didn't think I would ever be at peace with the fact that he died without me having a chance to be with him and tell him I loved him, but on the night he died he came through my bedroom and I felt his breath on the side of my neck when he passed me. Again just recently he came to me in a dream and he was alive and looking in good health like he did before he got sick. I was holding his hand and telling someone, Look, it is Keith and he is all right. When I opened my eyes, I was sitting up in bed and my right hand was extended to where I had been holding his hand. I woke up so happy for the first time since he passed away. Do I have the right to believe that he worked things out with The Lord and that he truly did not die alone?

Please help me by reassuring me that I have the right to be at peace with this?

Thank you.

Thank all of you for saying that God sends someone or people that we love who have gone before to take us 'home'. This is the first time that I have heard that. I was driving to a meeting a few years ago when I swore that I saw my dead husband driving on the other side of the street. He smiled at me and looked down beside me as if to say 'that he was with me'. Thank all of you for your stories. They are very 'calming'. God bless you all.

I won't go into all the details but the day daddy Lam passed a way a best friend of mines daddy who was like a dad to me too. I remember we were waiting for Jennifer's sister to arrive from out of town in the main entry room as she was almost there from a call, and I ask God to please not take daddy Lam until she got there. When Cheryl arrived we were at the nursing home and a total peace came over the place. You could have heard a pin drop it was so quite and this place was never quite. I said "The Lord is here to take your daddy home we need to go say good bye." And we walked slowly down the hall to his room and each of said our good bye and told Him how much we loved him. After Cheryl- the last to say good bye was finished he opened his eyes for the first time and then fell asleep. He went in peace. I thank God for moments like these that help us get through a passing of someone we love so much.

A great big thank you from my heart for sharing and giving us courage. Love Jean

I have been telling people since my dear husband passed away in 2009 that I believe God sends someone we loved and has passed on, to us just before we die to be with us and to take us to heaven.My husband was seeing his father,grandmother and our sweet dog Roscoe just before he died.
My own mother, before she died, was saying she saw her sister Blanche,whom had passed away over 30 year ago.
My aunt Geneva saw her father,my grandfather,and her late husband Roy, a couple days before she died.These are the only ones I am sure about because I was there with them when they were saying they were seeing them,and I am sure if others were to think back they too would remember these same kind of incidents.
So I am more sure now than ever before that on the day I die my beloved Ronnie will come for me and lead me home so we are together again and that has made me not afraid to die now,in fact I will be looking forward to that day!!Thank you so much for this story because it validates my theory!Catherine A. Perry

you are correct! i was trying to post my full story, but it is too long.please email me at so i can send it to you. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO DIE!!! Your Husband will be there to take you home! my wife was about not doing well in the icu and kept telling me she was tired, she said she was hallucinating. and maybe the medicine was too strong, so she wanted them to lower it. they did. she had been looking extremly pale. while she was napping one day her whole face completly changed. her face was relaxed, with a smile, and it wasn't an expression i had even seen on her. I shook her foot and kept calling her name. she woke up,.MAD!! and yelled WHY DID YOU WAKE ME UP?! MY NINO IS HERE TALKING TO ME!! WHY DID YOU DO THAT??? I WANT TO TALK TO HIM!! WHY DID YOU DO THAT?!

her nino (god father) was the closest person to her and passed a few years ago.

i looked at her and said, i'm sorry sweety but he's not taking you from me right now!!! i kept her awake. she was super upset with me for quite a while.

just recently we discussed what happened. she said her nino told her that he was sent to prepare her. he would be there when the time comes and that no one ever dies alone. This discussion came about with her and i because she has cancer.