My son recently attended a funeral service that was conducted at our church for a young mother of two very small children. She passed away from ovarian cancer.
Explaining death to a child is a formidable task. How does anyone try to explain to such little ones about what has happened to Mommy?
During the service, the children’s young father got up front and beckoned to the two little ones to join him. He had with him a hat (which happened to be his hunting hat) and a rubber duck that belonged to the children.
He held up the objects, and told those present at the service what he had said to the children after their Mommy passed away to try to help them understand what had happened.
He had explained to them that the hat represented Mommy’s body, and the rubber ducky (his terminology with the children) represented Mommy’s soul. Several times he held up the hat, telling the children, “This is Mommy’s body,” and then held up the rubber “ducky,” saying to the children, “This is Mommy’s soul.”
Then he put the rubber duck into the hat.
He told the children while holding out the hat, “Mommy’s body got sick and was broken.” Then he pulled the rubber duck out of the hat and said, “But Mommy’s soul is just fine.”
A young father, two very small children, and a rubber “ducky” representing Mommy’s soul – all parts of a picture that will likely come to my mind the next time one of my loved ones passes into the heavenly realm.
Because of the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross, a Christian such as this young father, and all other such Christians, can have the sure knowledge that although the sick and broken body of the loved one remains here, the soul and spirit are “just fine.” And that in due season, all those who are in Christ will be “just fine” and reunited once again, this time for eternity.
Source: My son, who relayed the story to me on Thanksgiving Day, 2010