Losing a loved one is truly painful, the void of their absence lingers in the hearts of those who will daily struggle to resume their routines while missing them. Some families have to face the harsh experience of saying goodbye to a child who departs to heaven too soon.
Just like the Bingham family, who experienced the loss of 18-month-old Milo, diagnosed with leukemia at the age of two months and passed away after a little over a year of battling on February 23rd of this year.
“Milo peacefully entered his heavenly home this morning. He departed while his mother held him in her arms. You will always be with me, my son,” wrote his father on his page on the day of the baby’s passing.
A few hours had passed when Kassady published the devastating images of the moment she held her little one in her arms for the last time before handing him over to a nurse.
“The last time I held my perfect and sweet baby. His spirit had already departed, but I couldn’t let go. His body began to stiffen as I held him.
I could no longer feel his fingers around mine, I saw his lips turning blue, his skin turning pale, and his tongue turning white. Finally, I handed him over to a nurse I had just met that day, and I watched as she walked away with my baby in her arms,” the mother recounted.
Kassady Bingham, the mother of Lucca, aged 2, and Milo, shares how her older son said goodbye to his little brother by sharing poignant images from the funeral.
Lucca gave a kiss to his brother, knowing that he had gone to heaven after a battle between hospitals, treatments, and ups and downs.
The photos of the farewell of this brave and loving child touch the emotions of thousands of people.
“Milo went home to Jesus this morning. He didn’t lose his battle, he gained the greatest reward: heavenly healing. I have never felt pain like this. I am too heartbroken to say anything more. Thank you all for your love and support,” said the mother.
Seeking solace in the hope of being reunited with her little one, Kassady finds comfort: “He seemed calmer than ever, and it even looked like he was almost smiling again. I know he’s smiling in heaven. His body may be gone, but he’s still here. Every day, we’re one day closer to you. I can’t wait to continue raising you in heaven with your perfect and healthy body. Mommy loves you,” wrote Kassady.
Kassady and her husband, Konnor, are providing Lucca with all the necessary support to cope with the loss of his brother.
Lucca feels that his little brother is still with him. He even told his mother about his experience, and she shared it on Instagram.
“A couple of weeks ago, he came into my room and said, ‘Mom! I have to tell you a quick secret! Milo comes and plays with me, and now he can crawl!'” the child confessed to his mother.
For Lucca, his departed brother remains and continues to be his best companion. Before that episode, Lucca told his parents that his little brother played with him. Their bond is so strong that he still feels his presence.
Despite the pain, the mother affirms that she is convinced her son smiles in heaven. She frequently shares images of him as a tribute.
Milo was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only two months old, and his health condition deteriorated rapidly.
She shared on Instagram, where she has 172 thousand followers, her son’s struggle and worked to raise awareness about childhood cancer using the hashtags #mightymilo and #moreloveformilo.
The disease affects between 30 and 50 infants in the United States each year. When they received the diagnosis, it all began with a lumbar puncture, a bone marrow biopsy, and chemotherapy sessions.
Through her campaign, she is calling for more funding for pediatric cancer research and support for families. Milo’s mother says that she finds comfort in knowing that her son no longer feels pain, won’t experience relapses, and won’t have to worry about ongoing medical monitoring and medication.
Sharing the testimony of this family can inspire others who are fighting against similar adversity. Don’t leave without doing so and expressing your solidarity with the parents and siblings of this little angel.