Question: "Will we be able to see and know our friends and family members in Heaven?"
Answer: Many people state that the first thing they want to do when they arrive in heaven is see all their friends and loved ones who had passed on before them. While we will be able to see, know, and spend time with our friends and family members in heaven—in eternity, there will be plenty of time for that—that will not be our primary focus in heaven. We will be far more occupied with worshipping God and enjoying the wonders of heaven to be concerned with being reunited with our loved ones right away.
What does the Bible say about whether we will be able to see and know our loved ones in Heaven? When David’s infant son died as a result of David’s sin with Bathsheba, after his time of grief David declared, “But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me." (2 Samuel 12:23). David assumed that he would be able to recognize his son in heaven, despite the fact that he died as a baby. The Bible declares that when we arrive in heaven, we will “be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2). First Corinthians 15:42-44 describes our resurrection bodies: “So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
Just as our earthly bodies were of the first man Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47a) so will our resurrection bodies be just like Christ’s. “And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we[a] bear the likeness of the man from heaven. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:49,53). Many people recognized Jesus after His resurrection (John 20:16, 20; 21:12; 1 Corinthians 15:4-7). So, if Jesus was recognizable in His resurrection body, there is no reason to believe that ours will be any different. Being able to see our loved ones is a glorious aspect of heaven – but heaven is far more about God, and far less about our own wants. What a pleasure it will be to be reunited with our loved one, and worship God with our loved ones for all eternity.