One of life’s saddest events is the death of a baby. Its life is cut short before it has had time to live. We cry and ask why.
Six-month-old Jonylah Watkins died after being shot on Monday, March 11, 2013, as she sat in her dad Jonathan’s lap. Shots rang out on a Chicago street, when a gunman approached the minivan in which Jonylah and Jonathan sat and opened fire.
Jonylah’s dad, who was the intended target, was hit in the buttocks and on the right side of his face and survived. Jonylah was fatally wounded and died.
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“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you, but not from you. And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.” Kahlil Gibran
Where do children go when they die?
Life (consciousness) is not limited to the brief span of time between birth and death. Conscious awareness exists forever. Life cannot be destroyed; it only moves from one abode to another. Children pass through the so-called portals of death so easily that they are not always aware they no longer have physical bodies.
Sudden death of a child is especially hard on those left behind. Deep loss is normally diminished over time, but sometimes those left behind carry their emotional grief to such an extreme that they prevent the little soul from moving on – keeping it earthbound. Without meaning to, parents unaware of the “laws of life” can keep drawing the little soul back with their grief, keeping it stuck in a web of nowhere.
As hard as it is to let them go, release them with love. It is important to “let them go” and not call them back with, “Where are you? Don’t leave me. I can’t let you go. Come back.”
Love them, but let them go to their wonderful new home in the light.
On reincarnation: “A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.” Kahlil Gibran
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