Monday, 21 September 2009

Times Three No. 11















Sheldon took his oxygen off; put his hand above his head and fell asleep at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009. Uncle Joey was sound asleep beside him and the nurse woke Joey up to let him know that Sheldon had gone.

Birds kept flying in circles at the window. They wouldn’t leave; just fly up to the window and hover. When Nadalene and I left she pointed and said ‘Mom, look at the birds they are still there, they just keep circling outside Sheldon’s window.’

Josephine said ‘Sheldon, Mama, Sheldon?’ Angelique turned her head in the kitchen but no one else was there. Angelique said “Uncle Sheldon.” Angelique asked Don, did you tell Josephine I had gone to the hospital earlier to see Sheldon and Don said no. Later when Don and Josephine were sitting in her castle Angelique heard the following conversation between them. ‘Did you see Uncle Sheldon today?’ “Oui.” ‘Where did you see Uncle Sheldon?’ “In the kitchen Daddy.”

Jacquie, Nadalene and I are sitting in Jacquie’s hospital room and on the shelf are a rubber wheelchair pad and on top of that a neck pillow. We are talking and Jacquie starts crying. The pad and the pillow fly off the shelf and land in the middle of the floor. So where there were three, there must have been four.

Mom is saying her rosary and catches a reflection. She looks again and realizes it is not a reflection but a park bench with my father and Sheldon sitting on it. My mother has always seen shadow people, but they weren’t shadow people.

65 comments:

Heidi said...

How powerful. Sheldon was coming to let all of you know that although he is gone in body, his spirit lives on and he is and will always be in your lives. God bless him for letting you know that in such a profound way.

Anonymous said...

Dear Renee,I am so sorry. Please hug Jacquie for me and give her my love, Barb

Julie-ann Bowden said...

I am crying my eyes out Renee,love you all so much! I am pleased the birds flew around the window, they must of been flying around an angel who come to take Sheldon home.
Oh, bless you all so much my dearest friends! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenny S said...

He is just checking in to make sure you guys are okay! Talk to him and let him know you know he is there!

Angela Recada said...

Dearest Renee,

Children, animals, and those with open hearts and minds, know things and see things that so many people are blind to. Your dear Sheldon will be with you always. Just out of reach, but always there. Soaring joyfully with the angels.

I am so glad that he was able to give you signs, and that you saw them.

Love and hugs,
xoxoxo
Angela

Nina P. said...

The body may fail but the Spirit Lives. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust but the Spirit is not of this world. It remains and manifests itself to comfort those that need comfort, to show that even though the body is gone, the Spirit is eternal and will be with you forever. May God Bless and keep you, May he shed his Light upon you and grant you Peace. Sheldon is among friends running care free again with those that have gone before. Blessings to you during this time of reflection. May tears give way to Joy's of memories shared, hands held, Love spoken, time together, of hopes and dreams... and may these glimpses of Spirit give you the Faith to Believe in that which is Greater than all. Even the darkness of death can't keep the Light from shining. It's the Promise and Grace of Eternal Love that guide us into the Light of the Glory land. This world is temporal, but we will meet again in Eternity. Peace and Love pour out to you and your family today and always. Love and Light, Nina P

studio lolo said...

Sheldon is all around each and every one of you. Josephine may be able to see him best. I think he'll be near Jacquie mostly, don't you? He just won't have her falling apart. He'll be her guiding light.
So many of us have all of you in our thoughts and hearts.
~Love and peace~
xoxox
Lolo

Debra said...

How wonderful that he came to say goodbye. Even after leaving, coming home once more to ease your pain and loss.
It is no coincidence that he appeared to all of those he loved.
He is free now, from pain and fear, at peace.
I am so sorry for all of your to lose such a beautiful soul, so young and full of hope. May his "appearance" to all of you give you comfort that his love is still with all of you.

Mundo Mundaca said...

I so sorry a lot for your loss and of your family... that God him of comfort in your heart and a reception place in the arms of God the dear Sheldon.
hugs
yasmin

Oops! Desperate Blogger~ said...

Dear Renee,
I am so sorry for your loss. It is Heaven's gain and your precious Sheldon is already letting you know.
Much love to you and yours,
Cindy

Strawberry Girl said...

I've had similar experiences after my grandparents passed away, though not quite so dramatic.

Thinking of you. I had to turn my blog private, send me an e-mail and I will send you an invite.

xx

Silver said...

Sending lots of love and hugs..

~Silver

Marion said...

Renee, this gave me goosebumps. Sheldon was saying goodbye and comforting y'all. How like him! It sounds like he died peacefully. You and your precious family are in my prayers, dearest friend of my heart. Wishing you comfort and blessings today and every day....

Flor Larios Art said...

Goosebumps...angels?

Sarah said...

Oh hon..aren't the little ones amazing so open to seeing all. And your Mother. I hope these things were a comfort to you hon. He was an amazing young man!! I love you and you are all in my thoughts and prayers hon. Huge hugs coming your way dear! Love you, Sarah

Meghann LittleStudio said...

I am so sorry Renee.I am praying for you and crying tears of anger and hurt for you. I don't know why things happen the way they do, but I know that God is here for you, and so are all of your faithful blog readers and friends.
God bless you,
Meg

Julie said...

I'm truly so deeply, deeply sorry for your tremendous loss. I will keep praying for you and your family during this gutwrenching time. Much love to you sweetie...xxxxxxxxxx

Annie said...

Sheldon lives! He will live forever and so will you. What a dear boy to come and let you know.
I know you will all miss him, but he is happy and well. Hugs and love to you and the family. xoxo

MBNAD woman said...

There are no words. I'm someone you've never met, half a planet away but I would like you to know that I'm thinking of you and your family.

Hold each other close and keep your spirits up, my dear.

Mad x

The Gypsy said...

Oh Renee ... in our culture we say a little prayer:
May God be merciful with his soul and my He save him a place in His heavens.

Miss Becky said...

in my thoughts, my heart, my prayers

Deborah said...

Oh Renee, this is beautiful...beautifully sad, beautifully perfect. Sheldon needs the family to be okay with his early parting. I do believe that he is showing you that he will never be gone, that life IS eternal, that Jesus rising from the tomb is not just a nice story, but the God Given Truth. So much love I have for you and your family. Deb

Diva Kreszl said...

What an incredible post...here's to Sheldon, God Bless him!

Linda said...

Oh Renee, Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss.

May peace be with you and your family.

{{{Hugs}}}

monk said...

Its always so hard to say goodbye...
I've always been to to acknowledge the shadows....
hugs~

TheChicGeek said...

So beautiful, Renee. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. Sheldon was such a treasure, wasn't he.

Bless you and your family today and every day!

Love and Hugs,

Kelly

K said...

Dear Renee...I am SO terribly sorry for your loss. A lovely life cut way too short. I am hopeful you are finding peace in these visions and knowing Sheldon is okay and he is forever with all of you.
My prayers and LOVE go out to each of you. Hold each other closely...as i know you already do.

linda cardina said...

i am so sad to read this......
i do have to tell you tho, i found comfort in some of the things your family have experienced. i lost my 29yr old neice last thanksgiving in a car accident. she was a the most precious gem to all of us and many. the days after her passing we too have witnessed brianna's spirit among us many times for about a week after funeral. so many unbelievable things kept happening. it was really her, renee. just like that was really sheldon with u all. keep all your senses keen as he probably still is embracing you all.

my prayers are with u all.
xoxo
linda

Karin Bartimole said...

Knowing that Sheldon's presence continues to assure and support the ones he loves is a given; having such concrete evidence in a time of mourning is a blessing. The love and sensitivity between you all is so beautiful, though that isn't nearly an adequate word. Seeing beyond the boundaries of time and place is one I'm so grateful you, and yours, have. Thank you for sharing this 'being-ness' with us Renee. I love you so,
Karin

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

He will watch over you all, of that I have NO doubt!
Huge hugs to you and yours Renee.
Love, Darla

secret agent woman said...

Reminders that those you love are never truly gone. That's achingly beautiful.

soulbrush said...

nothing like this has ever happened to me -ever- i am sitting here gasping. i know that sheldon and granddad are together on that bench just 'shooting the breeze' and may this image help you all at this time. lotsa love and thoughts coming your way, every single day. joss xxx

Ces said...

You know what my friend? I have taken care of so many dying patients and the good and the blessed ones are always "fetched" and the harbinger of death hovers around. Nurses who believe in the messengers and fetchers do not swat flies that managed to get into the patient's rooms or shoo birds who linger and peck on glass windows. We do not restrain patients who reach out to someone we cannot see as if being lifted or led. We bow our heads, close our eyes make the sign of the cross and sometimes bites our lips. We are going to be busy that day, perhaps the last busy effort for a certain someone whose loved ones have come to fetch him or her. Our scientific training has been exhausted in saving the life of a patient and we now submit to the spirits. It is a beautiful and comforting feeling to know that the human spirit lives on and does not die with the worn out body. Good bless your family. God bless Josephine, the children always see them, don't they? I love you Renee.

Baino said...

Touching darling. When my mother passed the most beautiful red and blue parrots arrived. Just for a while, then they left and I haven't seen more than one or two a year since then. I like to think she was just checking in before moving on. I don't know but it was strangely comforting.

Sarah said...

I read this earlier Renee and have been thinking about it ever since. I think these events are beautiful and can see there is comfort in them. Lots of love as ever, Sarah xx

Kelly Kilmer said...

Oh Renee, I am at a loss for words right now.
Much, much, much love.
It is all we can ever give each other in times like this.

Anonymous said...

My condolences to you and your family Renee.
What a beautiful human being Sheldon was. I got goose bumps reading your blog just now.
God bless you and your family.
You and your family are always in my prayers...

Love
Yvette

@eloh said...

It was a good good-bye then.
Peace Rene.

Kate James said...

Oh Renee...I am so, so sorry. Words are a little bit empty at a time like this. A long hug would be better. It is lovely that he is still with you. Kate xx

lakeviewer said...

May your family find peace and solace in Sheldon's passing from earth to Heaven.

Mim said...

He is looking out for you - saying goodby and yet moving on.
Much love , Mim

Silke said...

Oh, Renee, I love hearing that Sheldon let you all know that he's around you all! That is so very powerful! Thinking of you all and sending all my love! Love, Silke

oneartistjournal said...

Much love sweet Renee to you and your beautiful family...I learn so much from you about the art of being human...being alive...and about the art of departing...Much love sweet Renee.

Ribbon said...

xoxoxo ribbon

Mariana Soffer said...

How are you renee? I wanted to send you a hugh (yes another one), and also to tell you that you post is amazingly written, I like the shadow concept, is is not a minor thing.

Lots of love and if you want to talk or anything I am here.
Take care

kj said...

i love you very much renee, and i join many many others in caring and praying for the strength and welfare of you and your family.

holy father, light of the world, grant this family peace.

Rob-bear said...

Sharing your sorrow; sharing your celebration. Gone, but not really.

Bella Sinclair is said...

Dearest, I couldn't help but cry while reading your words. Partly in deep sadness, partly in gratitude that his spirit is now free to be with the people who matter most to him. I am sure your father is taking wonderful care of dear Sheldon.

xoxoxo

Draffin Bears said...

Dearest Renee,

That is beautiful.
Bless, all your family, sweet one.

Hugs
Carolyn

Marie said...

What a wonderful affirmation that this life is not all that there is. What a wonderful blessing. I am so sorry to read that Sheldon has passed, but I know he is in a better place and you will all be together again one day. xxoo

Rikkij said...

Renee- Not one sparrow falls to the ground that the Father doesn't see. Angels come in strange packages and ways. All sucks, but all is well. Take care. Much Love~rick

ArtPropelled said...

Renee, I pray for strength and comfort for you and your family.
When my daughter passed away a bird sat on my moms window sill for days, flying off and coming back to tap on the glass. We found comfort in that. On the day of the memorial service the little bird flew off and didn't return.

yoborobo said...

Renee - what an amazing last gift he gave to you all. My love to you and your family - xoxoxoxox Pam

Isabel said...

Dear Renee,

I've ben away from blog world and just returned to it this morning. Yours was one of the first blogs I returned to and when I read what you wrote about Shelton my heart went straight to you and your family. His spirit is all around you. Loving you always and forever.

May you always be blessed!
Sweet Sheldon knew you all needed a sign that he's still and forever with you.

Sweet Sheldon indeed.

xox

Isabel

karen gerstenberger said...

These stories move me, and give me great hope. I believe with all my heart that Sheldon is doing this in love for all of you. You are so unselfish to share them here with us! Thank you.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's little book "On Life After Death" talks about many things such as this, and it has brought great comfort to me since Katie passed. XOXO

Art by Sascalia said...

So sorry to hear about your great loss, sending you all my love. x

nollyposh said...

So ~beautiful~ that he stays with you to let you know that he is ~okay~ (((Hugs))) x

kathy hare said...

I'm so sorry my friend.. I have no words... thinking of you all...
Kath
x

Anonymous said...

Renee,
I'm writing with a heavy heart.

I can't type much or do much on my Iphone.

But I do want you to know how much I love you.

Sheldon looks like he had the most infectious laugh. What a beautiful young man to have graced the world.

I bet his grandather and him are swapping dome great stories... Maybe your ears are burning my dear friend. What an honor that would be.
Much love~ Patter

A Cuban In London said...

I am very sorry, Renee. Please extend my sympathy to your beloved family. And a big hug for you.

Karin Bartimole said...

taking your hand in my hand, and sitting by your side. just for now, that is enough.
I love you Renee,
xox K

Lara Harris said...

I am so sorry for your loss...my Grandfather passed a few months ago, just as my cousin's little daughter stood in the doorway...it was as if he had waited for her to come...she said 'oh look he's opened his eyes'...what she didn't realize was she had actually seen him enter Heaven. My heart goes out to you and your family.

dragonflydreamer said...

Dear Renee, I am so sorry that you and your family have lost your dear Sheldon. I am glad he went peacefully in his sleep and came back to comfort you all. My grandfather saw his parents and siblings and spoke to them. My heart and prayers are with you. I love you and wish I could do something to stop you and your family from so much suffering. I feel angry and frustrated. Please give your family my love and prayers.

Susi

Bimbimbie said...

I'm sure those birds guided him to the bench and his grandfather and then came back to reassure you all*!*

BT said...

How amazing, Sheldon has gone but is letting you all know he is ok and with your father. I hope that is some small comfort to you all.