Eddie learns from Tala that even the small things that he had done in his life made a difference in the lives of others whom he did not even know. Tala was the fifth person that Eddie meets in heaven and she was the Filipino girl whom Eddie unknowingly killed during a firefight while he was stationed in the Philippines during the war.
Apart from learning from Tala about how his little actions make a big difference in other people, Eddie also learned another thing. Tala revealed to Eddie that he was able to save the girl from the runaway cart, which caused his own death. The 2003 novel "Five People You Meet in Heaven" was written by Mitch Albom and reached the number one spot in the New York Times Bestsellers List in October of that same year.