Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine, with tears in his eyes, spoke with Today’s Matt Lauer, and said hearing his mom Katherine crying and saying her child was dead was like nothing “that anyone can ever imagine.” Jermaine also spoke of how Michael’s kids said goodbye to their father, and said mother Katherine is definitely capable of caring for the three children.
Jermaine said he rushed to the hospital and, after consoling his mother, went to his deceased brother’s side. “I wanted to see Michael, and I wanted to see my brother, and seeing him lifeless and breathless was very emotional for me,” he says.
“I held myself together, because I know he is very much alive, his spirit is,” says Jermaine. “I kissed him on his forehead and I hugged him and I touched him and I said, ‘Michael, I’ll never leave you, you’ll never leave me.”
With emotion choking his voice, Jermaine revealed that the singer’s three children – Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7 – were led to a hospital room in Los Angeles for a last look at their deceased father. “[The family] thought it was important for them to see,” said Jermaine, who admitted he was initially against the idea. “Now they are fine. I think it was the best thing to do … if you don’t show them, what do [they] see?”
Asked whether the family’s 79-year-old matriarch, Katherine Jackson, would make a suitable guardian for the star’s three children, as stipulated in Jackson’s will, Jermaine was adamant.
“She’s capable, she’s up for it,” Jermaine said of his mother, who raised the eight Jackson siblings. “She’s with the grandchildren all the time … She’d have someone with her to make sure she’s doing the right things,” he said. “My mother is the perfect person to be with them.”
As the Today show cameras panned across the green landscape of Jackson’s 2800-acre property near Santa Barbara, Jermaine said it was the family’s hope that he would be buried there. “This is his home, i feel his presence here,” Jermaine told Lauer. “He built this place with love, you can see it and feel it. Look at it here, it’s peaceful here.”
I agree with the family’s decision to allow Michael’s kids to see him. If that’s something a child wants to do (and family thinks they can handle it), they should be able to. It gives them a sense of closure, helps them understand (as well as anyone can understand, child or adult) the death and can give them a sense of peace to be able to move on. Sometimes the “unknown” is worse than the knowing. I hope those kids can heal and will be surrounded with lots of love and be well taken care of.