When a child dies early in life, the parents may wonder what happens to their child now?
It’s possible to know. The channeled literature of the afterlife discusses what happens to children after their transition. The subject merits a few articles.
“There is a place here for children and anyone who dies young,” child Elizabeth B. confided to medium E.B. Gibbes. (1) This “land of the children,” afterlife communicator Ethel McLean tells us, has been made for them “by the loving thoughts of more advanced spiritual beings.” (2) Matthew Ward has told us that all dimensions, planes, and subplanes are made in the same way.
The transition itself is for most people painless, as child Donald McLean says of his own: “I do not remember suffering any pain whatsoever as a result of the accident. I just felt drowsy and, as I told you, I wanted to go to sleep. I simply fell asleep and woke up on this side.” (3)
The young child’s connection to the physical body is intermittent during the first seven years, Phyllis McLean tells us, eliminating any chance of shock during transition:
“Very young children do not suffer from shock at their transition for they are still attuned to the world of spirit. For the first seven years of Earth life, the spiritual body is very loosely attached to the physical and happy children enjoy the best of two worlds. They are in fact undergoing a period of adjustment to their physical bodies. Spiritually they are not as yet firmly established on the Earth sphere.
“If their Earth life terminates during this period, they have no difficulty in accepting their return to spiritual realms, which are more familiar to them than their Earthly surroundings. There they are kept in contact with their Earthly family and continue to enjoy the love of both realms.” (4)
Even neglected children receive ample attention upon passing over, as Phyllis McLean informs us: “Little ones who have been rejected on Earth never lack for love and attention here. All are given their rightful opportunity for expansion and development.” (5)
Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson visited the realm the children go to and reported back glowingly:
“The children chiefly dwell in their own special domain, almost a little world of their own, where places of learning, religion and love abound, as well as the beauteous gardens and playing grounds of Paradise…. There are endless methods of teaching, learning, and happiness evolved for the spiritual advancement of the children.
“The young child, whose mind is not yet fully formed, is uncontaminated by Earthly contacts and on passing into the spirit world it finds itself in a realm of great beauty, presided over by souls of equal beauty.” (6)
On another occasion, he describes its structure and workings.
“The children’s realm is a township in itself, containing everything that great minds, inspired by the greatest Mind, could possibly provide for the welfare, comfort, and education, and the pleasure and happiness, of its youthful inhabitants. The halls of learning are as fully equipped as are those larger establishments in our own sphere.
“Indeed, in many respects, they are more so since they have all the equipment for the diffusion of knowledge and learning to those who are possessed of neither in the slightest degree and who must therefore start at the very beginning, as they would have done had they remained upon the Earth-plane.
“This concerns those children who have passed into the spirit world in their extreme infancy. Children who leave the Earth world in their early years will continue their studies from where they left off eliminating from the latter all that are of no further use and adding those that are spiritualistically essential. As soon as they reach a suitable age the children can choose their future work and study for it accordingly.” (7)
Some children might have the company of animals who’ve enjoyed a close relationship with them on Earth, even if they were obliged to put the animal to sleep, Ethel McLean tells us.
“This is indeed a spot where ‘the lion and the lamb lie down together.’ I actually saw a little golden-haired toddler, hugging a woolly lamb in her arms, leaning confidently against a shaggy lion which was resting in the shade of the tree. Phyllis tells me that this particular lion had been someone’s pet on the Earth plane, but had been destroyed, as it became dangerous as it grew older. The owners were sad at the necessity for taking its life, as they were very fond of it. It is this bond of affection which holds it here.
“There are vast numbers of animals of every description, all dear to the hearts of the children and each plays its part in their development and contributes to their happiness and contentment. If the mothers on Earth could but glimpse the beauty and perfection of these realms, how comforted they would be.” (8)
Their accounts are indeed comforting.
Claude Kelway-Bamber informs us that all children can find a mother there.
“Every child, even if unwanted on Earth, can find a loving mother here.
“Many an Earth-mother comes over at night when her body sleeps to see her baby, and though with her limited conscious mind she may think of it as an infant always, her spirit-mind knows the facts, as she will recognize when she herself comes here permanently.” (9)
“Their consciousnesses have not been touched by the evil that exists upon the Earth plane.
“These children grow in soul and mind and body, which is just as strong and more substantial than an Earth-body, for it is indestructible. They are all beautiful in varying degrees. They learn very quickly, for their minds are open: they have no consciousness that evil exists, so more readily absorb all they are taught here, and they very soon go on to the higher planes.” (10)
Spiritual evolution goes on within the spirit planes and innocent children make rapid progress.
Thus children who transition early are taken to a special land for children, a “nursery in Paradise,” (11). Here they grow up under the loving care of mothers who’ve also transitioned early and other spirits dedicated to the welfare of children.
They’re often joined by animals who were pets on Earth. Their realm is shaped by the thoughts of higher beings with their spiritual growth and evolution in mind. In another article, I may look at the educational experience young children are given.
All quotes are taken from New Maps of Heaven at http://goldengaiadb.com/The_Children%E2%80%99s_Sphere
(1) Child Elizabeth B. to E.B. Gibbes in Geraldine Cummins, They Survive. Evidence of Life Beyond the Grave from Scripts of Geraldine Cummins. Comp. E.B. Gibbes. London, etc.: Ride and Co., n.d. 64.
(2) Ethel McLean in Lesley May, med., Letters from Mother. A Family Biography in Two Worlds. Ed. Edmund Bentley. London: Psychic Press, 1964, 70. [Hereafter LFM.]
(3) Donald McLean in LFM, 50.
(4) Phyllis McLean, ibid., 88.
(5) Phyllis McLean, ibid., 88.
(6) Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson through Anthony Borgia, medium, Life in the World Unseen. M.A.P., 1993, 156-7.
(7) Ibid., 162-3.
(8) Ethel McLean in LFM, 36-7.
(9) Claude Kelway-Bamber in L. Kelway-Bamber, ed., Claude’s Book. New York: 1919. Downloaded from http://www.spiritwritings.com/claude1.pdf, 18 Feb. 2008, 53.
(10) Claude Kelway-Bamber, ibid., 53-5.
(11) Phyllis McLean in LFM, 94