A grieving Connecticut family is sharing a touching message of healing and comfort even in the face of heartache.
On November 1, Hannah Summers shared a letter written by her late mom that she had hoped she would never have to read. Her mother, Margaret “Peggy” Summers, passed away on Halloween at the age of 55 after a battle with kidney cancer. Hannah shared an image of the tear-jerking two-page, typed note on Twitter on Wednesday, and the post has already received nearly 280,000 “likes” and 87,000 re-tweets, with thousands taking to the comments section to offer their condolences and thank Hannah for her sharing her mother’s beautiful words.
before my mom passed she wrote us all letters. this is mine. please hug your parents a little closer and never take them for granted because you never know when you could lose them. I love you momma. ? pic.twitter.com/e2TZtg92bK
— hannah summers (@_hannahsummers) November 1, 2017
“Before my mom passed she wrote us all letters. This is mine,” Hannah captioned the photo. “Please hug your parents a little closer and never take them for granted because you never know when you could lose them. I love you momma.”
The letter heartbreakingly begins with Peggy stating that if Hannah were reading the note, it was likely because the “surgery did not go well.”
“I’m sorry,” she wrote. “I tried my best to beat this terrible disease, but I guess God had other things for me to do.”
She asks her college-age daughter to not “be mad… no matter how much it hurts.” Instead, she encourages her to “be happy and use the gifts God has given you.” Peggy says that she knows Hannah “will be a wonderful nurse” and offers practical advice, like keeping “an emergency kit in your car in the winter” and staying away from parties “because they are usually bad.”
While she is no longer physically present, Peggy reminds Hannah that she is always with her and will always be proud of her.
“Remember that I am still with you and still just as proud of you as I always have been,” she wrote. “Keep God in your life and never be ashamed to let others know you love God.”
Ultimately, she offers sage advice that we would all be wise to heed.
“Tell everyone you love them as often as you can,” Peggy shared. “Enjoy life and live each day as if it is your last because none of us know if today will be the last.”