Ben's friends still come to visit, and sometimes they ask if they can have something from Ben's room. Eventually, the Breedloves decided to give Jake that bigger room; after all, if Ben had gone to college like his friends, Jake would have gotten it.
Ben's experience and the video that he left for them were a big help, especially for Jake, who told his family in the days after Ben's death: "I'm almost happier than I've ever been ... because I know that Ben is happier than he's ever been before," Ally Breedlove writes in the book.
''Every time I feel like I'm missing Ben," she says, "I picture him in heaven rolling his eyes at us. The last thing he wants is for us to be sad about him, and I know he's more alive now than he's ever been."
Ben Breedlove left a family, but he also left the world a question: Do you believe in angels or God?
His answer: I do.
''When Will the Heaven Begin?: This is Ben Breedlove's Story"
Ally Breedlove with Ken Abraham
$15, New American Library
Nicole Villalpando writes for the Austin American-Statesman. E-mail: nvillalpando(at)statesman.com.
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