“For his 75th birthday, I bought my father his very first computer. My mother had recently been admitted into a hospice facility, so I thought it would take his mind off things to play a few games of digital checkers between visits. I showed him the basics of how to surf the ‘interwebs’ as he called it, log into email and find his games on the desktop. I was pleased to see that he took to it quickly and it provided a much-needed distraction.
“About a week after I gave him the computer, Dad called to say ‘the dadgum thing’ wouldn’t exit off a website. When I arrived to help, I saw a page titled ‘Smiling from Heaven’ filling the screen. Every time we closed the window, it opened right back up again. I tried rebooting, and as soon as the computer started, that page was right back up, with the images of serene clouds and angelic beings flickering in front of us. In frustration, I was trying to force it to quit again when my dad’s phone rang. He answered and slowly sunk into a chair. It was the hospice calling to say my mother had passed away.
“We hugged, sharing the piercing pain. Suddenly, the words love, joy and peace flashed across the screen. My father wiped his tears and looked at me in awe. Within seconds, the page disappeared and switched back to his checkers game.”
—Karen Worth, 46, Northridge, CA
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