Celine Dion has suffered a lot of hardships in the past few years.
In early 2016, her husband, René Angélil, died following a long battle with throat cancer. The couple were married for more than two decades. Soon after that devastating news, Celine also lost her brother to cancer.
Then in early 2018, the vocal powerhouse revealed that she's been fighting an illness that's causing inflammation in her throat muscles.
Despite all these struggles, Celine has remained strong for her kids. She describes her 17-year-old boy René-Charles, and her 7-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, as the most important people in her life.
We've been inspired by her ability to stay strong, and we should also be inspired by the way she raises her kids.
1. The Afterlife
Celine's children knew that their father was battling cancer for many years. Once he passed away, the singer wanted a good way to explain what happens after you die to her young twins.
She opened up about the experience on Good Morning America, where she revealed that she compared death to the animated movie Up.
"Then I said [to the kids], 'Do you remember the movie Up?' It's one of our favorites, and they said, 'Oh yes, Ellie went up with the balloons,' and I said, 'Well, you know, today Papa went up, because Papa was very sick.'"
Celine told her kids that their father went up to the sky to another world, just like the main character's wife did. She also reassured her kids that they can send balloons to him so that he knows they are thinking about him.
The mother of three didn't just want her kids sending helium balloons to remember their late father.
Celine wanted her boys to keep their beloved father's memory alive by mentioning his name every night before they go to bed.
“We kiss him every night,” she told The Sun. “We have a little ritual where we say goodnight to him with a little picture. Then the kids talk to him. And they write words, put them in balloons and we send the balloons to the sky.”
She also reminds them that "Papa is in your heart."
Celine's idea to keep their father's memory alive every day is simply beautiful. There are a lot of parents who avoid speaking about a deceased loved one to avoid the painful reminder that they're gone.
"He left me with all of his strength. Every day we live with him, just not physically. I'm thankful that he does not suffer anymore," Celine told Good Morning America.
3. Sleeping Together
Two young boys losing their father is a lot to take in, and Celine wants to make sure her twins feel safe and loved every night.
Cuddling has been proven to release feel-good hormones that eases pain, boosts the immune system, and reduces fear and anxiety.
But sharing a bed with her boys isn't only helping them cope with the loss of a loved one. Celine told The Sun that she "needs them close" and that they "comfort" her during this difficult time.
“When it’s time for them to say they want their room, their room’s ready. But we watch a lot of TV together."
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