The Story Behind
The dream that inspired the book
This book was written to both share my family’s experiences and to positively change the way believers in Christ view the passing away of a loved one. This book won’t be like many of the other books I was given to help navigate us through the tumultuous grieving process. ‘Cameron’s Dream’ is an inspirational children’s book that invites the reader to consider the beautiful and exciting afterlife of loved ones who are now living in Heaven! Unlike other books that focus on the sadness of mourning and the process of coping with feelings of grief, this book is joyous and uplifting and celebrates life! This book offers its readers an alternate way to view death through the use of positive words like, Heaven party, celebration and promotion, and is filled with illustrations of Heaven that children can relate to and are likely comforted by.
It’s hard for me to forget the morning that Cameron described his dream. Rod had waken up before me and was met in the hallway by a teary eyed Cameron who at the time was 6-years-old. I didn’t witness the tears, but later found out he was crying because he’d had this amazing dream and wasn’t able to go back to sleep to finish it. I smiled as he explained why he was upset and was anxious to hear all about his dream. As Cameron began retelling his “night’s journey”, it was like he was reliving the moment in nothing but pure amazement – he could hardly get the words out he was so excited. He even stopped mid-sentence to say, “Mom it was so cool!”
What Cameron began describing was Heaven. He described streets made of gold with “jewelry” on the sides. He described swimming pools, “Big pools and pools for little kids”; and a myriad of other things that had him teetering on the edge of combustion! I hadn’t seen him that excited about anything since he’d gotten those crazy LED shoes he’d been wanting for ages. And in the midst of listening to him, what I found comforting was that he said he also saw Jesus in a purple robe and that, “He was soooo nice”. The more he talked, the more I wondered if what he was describing was actually a vision rather than a dream as some of the things he described are actually written in the bible…
“Each of the twelve gates was a solid pearl. The streets of the city were made of pure gold, clear as crystal.” – Revelations 21:21
“When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” – John 19:5
I asked him why he was crying when he came downstairs to tell us about his dream and he said he was sad because he woke up and couldn’t “get it back”. I told him that was an awesome dream and he skipped away to go play. I thought a lot about his dream over the course of the next few days but it was eventually forgotten about. It wasn’t until Rod’s father passed away a few months later that the dream resurfaced. Rod and I sat Cameron down to tell him the news of his granddad with tears in our eyes. I was trying to be strong but I couldn’t control the tears. Cameron looked confused as to why we were sad and asked, “Why are you sad? He gets to live in Heaven now!!!”
It felt as if those few words literally pulled us out of our sadness and shed a light on… well the truth.
I didn’t realize it, but a few months later, I’d be using that same approach to comfort Cameron and his sister, Lauryn with the passing of their own father. I was given a supernatural strength that day and was able to break the news without shedding a tear. In fact, I smiled as I told them about the beautiful place that their dad was now living and how he’d already probably connected with their granddad. Lauryn said she was going to miss him and I told her we were all going to miss him. Cameron being 3-years-older asked more detailed questions about what happened, one including, “Where is his body?” That question proved that he understood that we shed our “vessels” when God calls us home and that our spirit lives on for eternity! I couldn’t have been more at peace.
Both Cameron and Lauryn processed the news with dry eyes, and as only a child would, asked what I thought he was doing up there in Heaven. I responded, “I dunno… maybe dancing??” To my surprise, Cameron stands up and says, maybe he’s doing this, and starts doing the ‘whip-Nae-Nae’ dance.
We were at peace.
For me, what started as a dream given to my son, evolved into a more faith filled way of living. God’s promise gives me daily strength and comfort and it’s how I live in peace…
“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
I recognized that through that dream, God prepared Cameron for a life-changing event. And over time I came to realize that God had been preparing me to change all along.