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Woman Lost Her Parents and Children In Fire, But One Amazing Experience Has Given Her The Strength To Go On

Losing someone you love is hard; but losing everyone you love at one time is enough to make you wish you went with them. That's how Madonna Badger felt.

Since she lost her three daughters, her mother and her father in a fire one night, she's contemplated suicide many times. One day when she was having a particularly hard time, she got a sign that she says changed everything.

Badger told her story to Oprah at a Cannes Lions advertising festival, says Page Six. It's hard to imagine going through such an unbearable tragedy.

She was in her newly purchased Victorian home for the holidays. Her boyfriend, Michael Borcina, was there as well, with her 9-year-old daughter, Lily, and 7-year-old twins, Sarah and Grace.

“It was Christmas Eve and I stayed up very late wrapping presents, my children were asleep on the third floor, my parents were asleep on the second floor. It was our first Christmas in my new house with my children and my mom and dad,” Badger explains.

“Finally I got to sleep, but there was smoke in my room, and I woke up gasping for air, I went to the window and I opened it and I crawled out of the window onto the roof of a porch and I ran to the far end of the house and I could see sparks flying out of where the electric meter was.”

Thoughts raced through the distraught woman's head as she tried to figure out how to rescue her family.

She tried to get into her daughters' room through a window, but it wouldn't open. The room was already engulfed in thick, black smoke and flames.

“I was screaming, ‘Where are they?’"

"All of this went by like it was in slow motion, it felt like an eternity, but in reality, it was only minutes before the fireman came and dragged me off the scaffolding.”

Badger and Borcina got out alive, but Badger lost her whole family.

“My three children died that night, my parents also died, and I lived. I am still their mother, and I am still their daughter - I lost everything but I didn’t lose my mind, no matter how many times I wished I had.”

Over the next few years, Badger did her best to cope with her grief.

“I felt like killing myself many times, everybody assumed I was going to kill myself, including me. But I was too afraid, that when I got to the other side, that somehow people that kill themselves go to a different place and I wouldn’t be able to find my three little girls,” she said.

“I was afraid that I’d have to do this life over again and I was not prepared to do that.”

She prayed and called out to her children. She says her love for them and connection to them are what kept her going, but that didn't stop her from having a hard time.

One day, she broke down crying in front of a mirror. Despair was gripping her and the pain had become overwhelming, when her children came to her in a vision in the mirror.

"Sarah talked to me," she tells Oprah. "And she told me not to be afraid, that there was nothing to be afraid of, and that love was the most important thing in the world, and that dreams are more real than this life."

Badger called a friend to tell her that her experience was real. "I'm not making this up," she said, starting to cry.

"They're really talking to me."

The bereaved mother says she still feels the love of her lost family, and it's helped her overcome her bitterness and pain.

Source: Little Things, People
Photo: Facebook, YouTube

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