Most of us are familiar with the tale of the little girl who wrote a letter to heaven after her dog Abbey passed away. Those who have read it have probably shed tears at the beauty of the sentiment and the response letter and gift that was sent back from “heaven”. Many think the the story to be an urban myth, but it is actually true, and knowing that makes it all the more heart-warming.
When Meredith Scrivener of San Antonio was 4 years old she wrote and mailed this letter with her mothers help:
‘Dear God, Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.’ Attached with her note were two pictures Abbey, to help God recognize her when she arrived.
Though her parents were surprised when they came home one day to find a package from ‘Heaven’, wrapped in gold, and addressed to Meredith, the little girl was not. She was sure her letter had gone to heaven. The package contained a copy of the book “When a Pet Dies” by Fred Rogers, more commonly known among children as Mr Rogers, and this beautiful note explaining that Abbey had indeed arrived in Heaven:
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey 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. ‘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. Love, God.’
Meredith is now ten years old and did recover from the heartbreak of losing Abbey, in part thanks to the letter which was written by an incredibly compassionate postal worker who wishes to remain anonymous. Meredith’s mother, Joy Scrivener, has been in contact with the ‘angel’ who sent the letter and expressed her gratitude. Meredith has since welcomed 2 news dogs, a collie and a terrier into their home, and there is no doubt the healing was helped by the ‘angel’ who was looking out for Abbey in Heaven.