Jenna Bush Hager and the entire Bush family lost their beloved grandmother and grandfather in the span of just seven months.

Barbara Bush passed away on April 17 and her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush died on November 30.

In memory of her grandparents, Hager posted this cartoon to her Instagram account:

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This brought me such comfort this morning. I had the opportunity to talk with my grandpa about the afterlife. This is what he said: ​He answered without any hesitation. “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it.” And I started crying. I managed to choke out, “Well, why? What do you look forward to?” And he said, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.” And I asked who he hoped to see. He replied, I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. And then he said, “I hope she’s the three-year-old.” Robin was the daughter this giant of a man lost years before to leukemia. The little girl he held tightly: who spoke the phrase I have heard Gampy repeat for my entire life, forever knitting Robin’s voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: “I love you more than tongue can tell.”

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The cartoon depicts George entering heaven and being reunited with Barbara and their 3-year-old daughter Robin, whom they lost in 1953.

Hager wrote that the cartoon brought her “such comfort” the morning following her grandfather’s passing:

This brought me such comfort this morning. I had the opportunity to talk with my grandpa about the afterlife. This is what he said: He answered without any hesitation. “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying, I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it.” And I started crying. I managed to choke out, “Well, why? What do you look forward to?” And he said, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.” And I asked who he hoped to see. He replied, I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. And then he said, “I hope she’s the three-year-old.” Robin was the daughter this giant of a man lost years before to leukemia. The little girl he held tightly: who spoke the phrase I have heard Gampy repeat for my entire life, forever knitting Robin’s voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: “I love you more than tongue can tell.”

She also revealed on Instagram that her grandfather’s service dog also said got the chance to say his final goodbye, which was caught on camera:

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Mission complete.

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According to CNN, prior to his death, George was asked if he wanted to go to the hospital, but the former president said no.

And as The New York Times reported, the Patriarch of the Bush family uttered some of his last words to his son and Hager’s father, former President George W. Bush.

During their final phone call, W. told H.W. that he was a “wonderful father,” before H.W. replied saying, “I love you, too.”

George was surrounded by family as he took his final breath.

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4 Replies to “Jenna Bush Hager Takes Comfort in Cartoon That Illustrates Convo She Had With Grandfather About Afterlife”

  • Gerri Lockhart 10 months ago

    George H. Bush was a wonderful human being, and he definitely will be missed

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    We have loved the Bush family for many years. A wonderful family. We have also mourned the passing of Barbara and now President Bush. Blessing to the family during this time of sadness and we know they will find comfort in remembering all the happy times they have shared.

  • Teresia Simpson 10 months ago

    We have loved the Bush family for many years. A wonderful family. We have also mourned the passing of Barbara and now President Bush. Blessing to the family during this time of sadness and we know they will find comfort in remembering all the happy times they have shared.

  • Anonymous 10 months ago

    That was just beautiful

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