Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Top 10 Kindness Stories of 2012, Story #4 - Meredith's Letter From the Post Office

--by Laura, posted Dec 29, 2013
Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. 

The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. 

She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. 

I told her that I thought that we could, so she dictated these words: 

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? 

Abbey died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. 

I'm happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.  I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. 

I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. 

I really miss her. 

Love, Meredith 

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey & Meredith, 
addressed it to God/Heaven. 

We put our return address on it. 

Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. 

That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. 

A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. 
I told her that I thought He had. 

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. 

Meredith opened it. 

Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.'  Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God 
in its opened envelope. 

On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note: 

Dear Meredith, 

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away. 

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. 

Abbey loved being your dog. 

Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in so I'm sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. 

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. 

What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. 

I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. 

By the way, I'm easy to find. 
I am wherever there is love. 

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Readers Comments

Krishanita wrote: Sweet to get to remember about our daily life part and make understand its important
Ben wrote: I can't thank you enough for your letter. I am 77 and my 14 year old doggie is fast moving toward heaven. His name is teddy. He is a greater swiss mountain god, and he is absolutely the sweetest, most lovable, attentive and courteous animal i have ever had the privilege of knowing. When that fateful day comes for him, i will reread your letter, which i have printed out, and i will imagine my teddy running and playing with abbey. And, thanks for stimulating me to begin my own healing in advance, with lots of tears today. I needed that.
livinginiowa wrote: That story trigger goose bumps up and down my spine! Our god is astronomical! He has created the best creations!

Thank you for sharing your story! :)
nicky1 wrote: So kind, restores your faith in all things :)
Arjav wrote: Beautiful story.
Grammiesue wrote: Thru my tears i am thinking this is one of the most beautiful stories i have ever read. God indeed lives through some of his chosen ones like this postal worker.
pattyanne wrote: This brought tears to my eyes and i pray god's blessing on the kind person at the post office who minister to a hurting child.
candace wrote: What a beautiful story. Brought tears to my eyes.
Lenea wrote: Oh my god i just cried. Blessings <3
sethi wrote: Awesome. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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