I have a friend who says that he heard from the bishop of my Ward here in Venezuela that when a child dies at birth, the spirit of the child remains looking at the body until it is buried, and the same for an adult who dies. I started to look into this but have not found any references that suggest that this is the case. Can you clarify this? Thank you for your help.
I’m with you! I am not aware of any doctrine that affirms what you have heard, neither have I found in the writings of the General Authorities anything that would verify it. The spirit world is nearby, and without a doubt the spirits can perceive the mortal world, but I would imagine that they are busily occupied where they are, and probably have very little interest in the mortal experience once they have graduated from it.