A photo of two young boys visiting their father's grave for the first time has gone viral.
Colorado Springs woman Kait Brazel, 29, captured the moment her two sons, Mason and Mylan, visited their father's grave for the first time, ABC News reported. The photos show the two brothers huddled in a blanket, praying and talking to the headstone which marks where their father, Staff Sergeant Alfred Brazel, is buried.
Alfred died of cancer at age 37 on July 31. Kait took the pictures on Nov. 20. She said it was the first time the boys had visited their father's grave.
“We brought a blanket. Mylan said he felt like he could feel his daddy, and he wanted to take a nap with him,” Kait told ABC News.
“He is laying there taking a nap with his dad and Mason is beside him praying," Kait continued. "They took time together with each other and I just stood back.”
Kait said her two boys have “not once cried" and are handling their father's passing “much differently than people who get a devastating blow.”
“I tell them, ‘We are here as tools for God. God knew that Daddy was a really strong person, and there were some people God couldn’t reach unless he used Daddy as a tool,’” the mother explained. “That’s how we went with it and how we justified it. That’s what we believe.”
“Fred’s mission in life was to reach people and bring them to God and just smile,” Kait continued. “There was nothing he didn’t fulfill in life because he lived his life to the fullest every single day. He fulfilled everything he needed to here on this earth. We’re just really proud of him in how he fought.”
Kait recalled what her two children said to their father at the grave site.
“Mylan shared with him how he had earned his uniform and belt in his fight class, and how he went to a Halloween party and won a cake,” she said. “Mason told him how he got a trophy for his breaststroke in his swim competition. They updated him on their lives.”
Kait added that she drove 24 hours to reach the Arlington National Cemetery, and that she cried during the drive.
“As a military family, we’ve spent so much time apart that a part of me felt like he would still come home from this deployment,” Kait said. “But I felt better leaving because now we know what to expect. I have spoken to a bunch of other Gold Star families and they say these visits don’t get easier, but they’ll be different each time.”
A photographer for The Potter's Hand Photography took to Facebook to pay tribute to Alfred and his family.
"He was a doting, loving husband to a woman whose faith has stood tall through the trials that they've faced and possesses an unseen strength few can boast of," the photographer wrote. "He was an energetic and encouraging father to two handsome boys who will grow to be intelligent men, just like their dad."