Cindy Crawford Shares How Her 3-Year-Old Brother Bravely Prepared Their Family for His Death (VIDEO)

Losing a child is a tragic event for the whole family. No one knows this better than Cindy Crawford, who lost her 3-year-old brother when she was just a child herself. In a new video from Oprah's Master Class, the supermodel described what it was like when he was diagnosed with leukemia and, nearly two years later, prepared his family to go on without him.


Crawford described how her dad had always wanted a son, and after three daughters, they finally had baby boy Jeff. When he was two years old, they found out that he had leukemia, which only had a 25 percent cure rate at the time.

"I think when my parents first told us that my brother was sick, we didn't really understand what it meant," said Cindy, who was 8 at the time. "They didn't use the word 'cancer.'"

They made the two-hour trip to the hospital for radiation treatments almost daily, but he wasn't responding as well as they wanted. Their parents enrolled the toddler in an experimental program, and Jeff would go through seasons of short-lived remission. Then he would get sick again, and it would be more doctors, more painful treatments, and more heartache.

Cindy recounted a tale that her mother told her about Jeff, and she said that's it's given her a lot of peace throughout her life about his passing.

"My mother said she found him sitting in his room," she said. "He was sitting at his little table, and she said, 'What are you doing?' And he said, 'I'm praying.' And she said, 'What are you praying about?' He said, 'So that when I die, you'll be OK.' As a mom now, I can't imagine hearing your child say that."

The doctors gave Jeff a break from treatment the Christmas that he was 3, but expected him back January 3 for another round. He told the doctors that he wasn't coming back. "He said, 'I'm not doing that,'" Crawford recalled. "He's 3 years old, so they're all like, 'OK, sure.' And the day that he was supposed to go back to the hospital, that's the day he died. There's some sense of completeness and peace that comes with knowing he knew that and he decided he was done fighting."

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I lost a brother too, when I was a child, and I really believe that some people are so special and supernaturally connected to God that they just transcend this world before their time. It's only us left behind who ache the loss of their presence in our lives, but I believe that Cindy's brother had peace in his soul that the rest of us strive a lifetime for.

Maybe it's just so that those of us left here have a way to move past the grief, but unless you've experienced it personally, it's hard to describe. My brother's death was sudden, rather than prolonged, but he positively radiated love when he was here.

From Cindy Crawford's story, I believe that her brother was like that too. How many little kids would pray that kind of prayer, trying to take care of his family above all else? Only a very special one.

Have you ever experienced the death of a child?


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