The Question and Answer section for The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The fourth stage in Heaven begins in a large round building where a wedding is being held. Eddie has a hard time standing up because of his bad knee...... Marguerite is young, Eddie is old. Eddie's hair is white.... he is emotional.
Eddie wept (wailed) when he learned that Tala was the little girl he killed during the war in the Philippines.
The darkness that had shadowed him all those years was revealing itself at last, it was real, flesh and blood, this child, this lovely...
From the text:
"....... they drew in like cold hands to a fire"