A teen shared her mother’s emotional farewell letter on social media in the hope that we would all cherish our parents more. And sure enough, her mother’s final words of guidance and love are bringing comfort to thousands of people across the globe.
In June 2016, Margaret “Peggy” Summers of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer. It was a painful experience for Peggy’s youngest daughter, Hannah Summers, 18, to witness her having to fight the horrible disease.
“There were some nights she would be up all night just groaning in pain or vomiting,” Hannah, a nursing student, told PEOPLE.
On Oct. 31, Peggy succumbed to the cancer at the age of 55, at Parkview Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband and four children, including Hannah.
Just hours after her passing, Hannah and her siblings stumbled upon letters addressed to each of them on their mother’s dresser.
It was hard for Hannah to read her mother’s letter. However, the letter brought “a lot of comfort” to the teen after the devastating loss.
“Her words helped me realize that no matter how hard this whole situation is going to be, she will always be with me,” Hannah told BBC News.
Hannah later posted her mother’s letter on Twitter, hoping to inspire others to “hug your parents a little closer and never take them for granted.”
In Hannah’s letter, Peggy began by saying, “Hannah, if you are reading this then the surgery did not go well. I’m sorry, I tried my best to beat this terrible disease but I guess God had other things for me to do.”
Then, Peggy offered some motherly advice to Hannah about school, boys, and parties. She also reminded her daughter, “Be patient with dad, this is going to be hard on him and he will need time.”
Peggy wanted Hannah to remember that “I am still with you and still just as proud of you as I always have been.”
Before signing off, she told her daughter, “Enjoy life and live each day as if it is your last because none of us know if today will be the last. And most of all remember that I Love You more than you will ever know!”
Not only did Peggy’s comforting words provide much-needed closure for Hannah, but they have also touched the hearts of many people across the globe.
The letter amassed well over 100,000 retweets, and many netizens also shared their own stories of loss.
“My mum passed away 13 years ago from cancer. She tried to write me a letter on her last day and didn’t have the strength. Cherish her words,” Twitter user Kim Holsapple wrote.
“I also lost my mother and she wrote me a note like this. It’s something that I’ll cherish forever,” Eric Choy added.
We wish for Hannah and her family that they will see the beauty that transcends such loss and the everlasting love embodied in Peggy’s last words!
Photo credit: Facebook | Hannah Summers.