When Jesus assured the criminal on the cross he would be with Him forever. He said “Today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Not Heaven but “Paradise” where is Paradise?
What is the difference between hell and hades? Hell comes into play in the last judgement. The lake of fire. I have heard it said Lazereth and the rich man the spirits are in Hades with a partition in between those in Paradise. They can’t go one to the other but the rich man was in torment.
Then when Jesus comes all those in Paradise come and get their glorified bodies. Then we who are alive and remain in Him are changed in the twinkling of an eye and caught up!! To meet Him in the air and forever we will be with the Lord.
And your problem on earth was?