Eddie later meets the Captain in Heaven. The Captain was Eddie's group leader when he was in the army. The Captain made a promise to never leave anyone behind. The Captain kept this promise by stepping on a land mine in order to save the life of Eddie and his war friends. This teaches Eddie the lesson that sacrifice can be a form of death, as that is what the Captain did for him.
UGH! I hate my life at Ruby Pier. I want to get away from here, but I can't! My life is worthless!
Eddie thought his life was worthless before he died and went to Heaven. In Heaven, Eddie realized how his life was important.
BEFORE EDDIE'S DEATH...
When Eddie dies...
Later Eddie met Ruby in Heaven. She showed him a flashback from when Eddie's father got sick with pneumonia and died. Eddie thought that his father had just got drunk and fallen into the ocean, but it turned out it was to save a friend (Mickey Shea) even though he betrayed Eddie's Father just before this happened. Eddie's Father looked past the incident and remembered all the good things Mickey Shea had done for him. When Mickey Shea tried to drown himself, Eddie's Father went into the water and saved him, resulting in his death. This is another lesson that death can be a form of sacrifice.
Eddie realized that when he died, it wasn't the end of his life, it was the beginning of a new journey! Eddie died for a reason; to save the little girl Annie from being crushed by the falling cart. We all die for a reason, we just don't know what it will be.
Eddie first met the Blue Man in Heaven. The Blue Man died because of Eddie when he was younger. He ran out into the street to receive his baseball, which made the Blue Man's car crash and he died. Eddie feels terrible, but he learns an important lesson. He learns that death is not always fair, and that all lives and deaths are somehow connected in some unknown manner. He also learns that everything happens for a reason.
Maybe my life wasn't a waste... but I still feel pretty useless. My whole life is full of other regrets.
Eddie later meets his wife, Marguerite, in Heaven. Marguerite was Eddie's wife, and his only decision he didn't regret was the decision to marry her. Marguerite died of cancer later in Eddie's life. after this, Eddie became very depressed and regretted his decisions, as this is what led to her death.
I'm so sorry I was angry at you for injuring my leg... I didn't know that you actually died to save me!
Eddie also died emotionally after the war, as he became so depressed, he isolated himself from everyone else in his life.
I didn't know this happened! My father sacrificed himself for our family, as well as Mickey Shea.