A Little Girl Sent Her Dead Grandmother a Message in a Balloon to Heaven…and Got a Response

Just your afternoon "awww."

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Eight-year-old Bella was sad when her great grandmother died last year, “the last day I got to see her, it was a really special day to me, because I knew that she was going to go to Heaven,” she told Chapel Hill, TN’s KLTV.

One year later, Bella decided to commemorate Mawmaw by sending her a note in a balloon with the message, “Come and visit me sometime.”

Monday, four months months after Bella launched the balloon in the air, she received a simple note and small box, filled with a locket holding a portion of the balloon. The note read, “Dearest Bella, Mawmaw is always with you. Just close your eyes and you will see her. Love, your guardian angel.”

“I have no idea [who sent it],” said Tricia Hosford, Bella’s mother. “No idea.” But if the sender does come forward, then Bella has a surprise for her guardian angel.

“I would walk up to them and hug them on their neck and tell them thank you.”

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HazelGwendalynSpice
HazelGwendalynSpice

I can't believe how rude people are: One I am not that religious I don't go to church but, I do find this story to be heartwarming. Some people are calling it "cruel" I know that a stranger sent this girl a gift I get that but, this girl wanted hope and comfort. It might here have closure that her grandma loved her. Its the same concept as Santa Claus eventually children grow up and know it how it really works but, before that there is magical hope of the better good in this world. 

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

Bella, your grandma stopped existing the moment her brain functions ceased. There is no such thing as spirits or an afterlife. When you die, you rot and decompose and return to the Earth. Just like grandma has. Enjoy.



r.sonea
r.sonea

Bless you lil bella..  i believe all of the above.. we do have a guardian angel and i knw it for a fact..after ive lost my loved one..i knw tht its true..  :) 


EbDwindle
EbDwindle

What a beautiful story, I love finding these in between the dozens of death and misery news stories that I have to skip over in search of the one that will make my day better. Thanks for publishing!

Carm
Carm

So, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause" shouldn't have been written by that News Editor either?  What a bleak world some live in --  called 'reality' by them.  People who are nuts?  What an arrogant statement!  What proof do YOU have, Paul Swit, that they are Nuts?  I certainly don't want to be part of your Universe.

Carm
Carm

Evil, dark comments in the face of innocence, light, and hope.  No wonder peace will never come because it will be blocked by people like onefourbookings, Paul Swit etc., etc.  Carm.

onefourbookings
onefourbookings

So my guess is that this little girl included her home address on the paper too? I mean, how else would a complete stranger send back a response. This is a total fabrication on the moms behalf. Feed me more enlightening news!


PaulSwit
PaulSwit

When one is desperate to cling to something they know is untrue they will grasp at any "evidence" they can find no matter how unlikely.  Of course, neither Mawmaw, nor a guardian angel lives in the clouds.  The balloon came down, some bible-thumper saw an opportunity to play the part of an archangel and next thing you know, the tooth fairy made her presence known.  And, for this childs mother to be giving hope that Mawmaw is still someone, around, and watching, I think is sickening.  A childs imaginary friend can be benign phase that a child will grow out of in time.  But FEED it like this and soon this child may grow up believing in afterlives, and human sacrifices, and midnight rituals in the woods howling at the moon and summoning ghosts and demons that, of course, can never really arrive.  But, the desperate can MAKE then arrive.  Just look at all the nuts who've claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary in their living rooms in the past few centuries.


My point is, there was a time for religion.  That time has long past.  Feeding it in the mind of a child is a cruel indoctrination that has no place in a civilized society.  It's better to tell the child about life and death and leave the superstitious religious rituals to the ancient cultures whose gods have already come and gone.


Janette
Janette

Laura,

Your article says that Bella's note said “Come and visit me sometime.”

However the KLYV Channel 4 article by Josh DeVine has it saying "Tell Mawmaw I love her."

Is it getting that difficult to copy and paste these days.

stardagger
stardagger

It was obviously mawmaw who sent it, dur!

4catz
4catz

This was flagged as very offensive.

4catz
4catz

You are a mean person

Poqui
Poqui

@GuoLiang Just because you haven't seen something it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.  I haven't seen your brain but I'm sure it exists.  Respect other people's beliefs and they will respect yours.  If this girl and her family believe in an afterlife then that's their right to do so.  

LibbyAdams
LibbyAdams

how rude...to say this to a child

xmerrxo
xmerrxo

@GuoLiang It's people like this that give atheists a bad name.


Just because you're having a bad day or a horrible life, doesn't mean you have to drape it on other people. This is a kind story of someone trying to pick a child up from the death of a loved one. Have some decency. 

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Then move the hell on and infect someone, somewhere else with your misery!

ImSmarterThanYou
ImSmarterThanYou

@PaulSwit  Lol wow, I'm sorry you obviously weren't hugged enough as a child. Please grow up and stop acting like your opinions are fact. I find it hilarious that you can say this poor little girl could grow up to be some Satan worshiper who makes sacrifices in the woods all because she was being a normal little girl who wanted closure from her grandmothers passing. Religion does not equal Satanism. Please learn to grasp reality and get off World of Warcraft. Shave your neck beard and become a useful member of society, you mindless old twit.

JamesEastman
JamesEastman

@PaulSwit Valid point, but I think you are taking things a bit out of proportion.

Also, I don't believe in any prescribed, organised religion, but I believe in a higher power and while I believe you 'cease to exist' on a physical level when you die, I do not believe you cease to exist on a spiritual level. Energy is neither created nor destroyed and what are human beings if not incarnations of energy expressing themselves in physical form.

So whilst I find it disgusting when religious types claim to know what happens to you when you die (A.K.A, believe in a phoney-baloney religious cult or enjoy an eternity of suffering), I don't find the note this little girl received disgusting at all. While I agree with you that it was likely sent by some well-meaning recipient of the girl's airborne message, there were no outwardly religious references in the note, so the sender was not trying to indoctrinate the little girl, simply trying to comfort her.

While I'm sure you would say he/she was comforting her with a lie, even if the girl's grandmother DID herself cease to exist upon dyeing in every way, shape and form, she would have still lived on in the memories of the little girl and the love the little girl remembered receiving from her and undoubtedly held for her. So in that sense, she did not cease to exist and the message was completely true-her Grandmother will always be with her.

4catz
4catz

Off topic , not germane and hateful comment.

Half-full
Half-full

@PaulSwit Are we, the general population civilized? People constantly attacking each other with barbaric statements and half-truths. Look at the world we live in we see a world in which death, hatred, and greed constantly are trumpeted by the media. No, there is still time for religion and we need it now more than ever. To turn this world around and make it better I assume you want this world to be a better place to correct?  There's nothing imaginative about God or whichever diety a person believes in. It's all there laid out we just need to open our eyes and accept what really does occur.

tired123
tired123

@PaulSwit There is no harm in believing in an afterlife because if there is then great but if not-we'll never know.  that is the beauty of it.  Ever thought about it that way?  If consciousness ends at death you won't know if there is an afterlife, so what is the problem??

EbDwindle
EbDwindle

@PaulSwit The child will figure out death when she is more mature and ready to deal with it. Unfortunately Paul someone in your life didnt see the importance of this, it is regrettable that your were hardened with some hard truth that was brought forth to you in your young life, now you're bitter at the world.

chrisamandasophia
chrisamandasophia

@PaulSwit Ps......yeah, mom should've told her daughter that mawmaw was rotting in the dirt like last weeks dinner, and that dogs don't go to heaven. Please tell me you don't have kids.

KristineAz
KristineAz

@PaulSwit Why you do you assume it was a bible thumper who found the balloon?  I have zero religion and I'm agnostic, but if I'd found the balloon and if there were a way to respond, I may have done something like this stranger did.

The little girl misses her great-grandmother.  That isn't crazy or religious.  A stranger just did something nice for the girl.  That's it.

There's something wrong with you for immediately going to some negative place and then spiraling even further into insanity.

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

Janette - being a better person would involve just shrugging you're shoulders and moving on, not retorting to no end or purpose other than to look like a nasty old grump

RalphC
RalphC

@Janette 


Give it a break nitpickers of America!   the story helps restore my faith in humanity!!  There are some great people out there!!!   What a great story!!

Channah
Channah

@GuoLiang @xmerrxo Too bad your life is so full of emptiness and is so useless.  There is no reason for you to exist, is there?