A mother with cancer sent the most beautiful and heartbreaking letter to her daughter before she died

Sometimes the most beautiful gifts in life come in the most bittersweet packages. And this mom’s letter to her daughter before dying is one of the sweetest and most heart-wrenching things we’ve seen in quite a while.

Eighteen-year-old Hannah Summers posted the letter from her mother, Peggy, on Twitter (Peggy wrote to each of her four children and husband separately) after her mom died of kidney cancer last week. She told BuzzFeed that she initially wasn’t going to share the letter, but that the more she read it, the more she felt people would connect with its message.

“[She was] so loving and caring and always worried about others more than herself. I can’t even imagine how hard it was for her to write the letter, but she knew it was something that we would need in order to get some type of closure,” Summers said.

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Even as she was dying, her mom was grateful.

"I am thankful God gave us this past year to get closer and spend a lot of quality time together. Hang onto those good memories and tell everyone you love them as often as you can. Enjoy life and live every day as if it were your last...and most of all remember that I love you more than you will ever know."

And there was practical advice, too.

"Study hard in school, don't worry about a job. If you want to work in the summer, fine, but you really need to concentrate on school [...]. Use your common sense about things like not going anywhere by yourself and having an emergency kit in your car in the winter."

And thoughts about the future.

"If you have kids someday make sure they know how much I love them and wanted to be there to see them."

Her mom added in the letter, “Remember that I am still with you and still just as proud of you as I always have been.”

As hard as the letter is to read, Summers added that she’ll never stop being grateful for it. “I’m never going to take it for granted, because so many people out there who have lost a parent wish for something like this,” she said.

Hopefully, Hannah and her family find some comfort in knowing just how much their mom loved them. Let’s use this as a reminder to be kind to each other every day, and to hug our loved ones extra close.

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