Sometimes I wonder which is worse – to have a loved one die suddenly, or to know they have a terminal illness that gives you the time to say your goodbyes and appreciate every moment with them. I have experienced both types of loss more often than I would like and both are gut wrenching. But one mom found a way to remind her loved ones how much she loved them, after she passed away.
In July 2016 Margaret “Peggy” Summers from New Haven, Indiana was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. She had potentially life threatening surgery in June this year. She survived but died in a hospice four months later on Oct. 31 at the age of 55, leaving behind a husband and four children.
While her family was grieving they stumbled upon some letters that she had left on her dresser, behind her jewelry box. Knowing that she may not have survived the surgery back in June, Peggy wrote letters telling her loved ones how much they mean to her. Her 18-year-old daughter Hannah shared her mom’s letter to her on Twitter. The sweet, heartfelt note has since gone viral.