I received a contribution letter recently and, as a parent of a daughter myself, I loved reading from a young girl how simply being who we are can make a big difference in someone’s life. Whether we realize it or not, we are all role models for all the people with whom we come into contact. I hope you enjoy this excerpt as much as I did:
“…when I need advice for anything, I know where to turn. You help me handle situations and I know you always have my back. I can count on you to help me through thick and thin. Along the years you’ve taught me valuable life lessons that have stuck with me. You’ve shown me how to be a team player and, by example, you’ve shown me to always reach out to people. Friends are the greatest gift we can have and we have to be cautious not to lose touch. You’re very generous and make decisions that come from the heart.
Thank you for everything; all the sacrifices you’ve made and all the promises you’ve kept to get us where we are today. I love you both so much and I hope this letter sums it all up.”
Keep this as a reminder that your actions speak volumes in ways you are aware of and in ways you are not!
My first thought when I was inspired to start this project was, “Really? Who needs another inspirational book? How is this going to help others?”
Then I realized that there are about a billion cookbooks published every year, but apparently foodies still want more. Even though there are lots of great inspirational books out there, I’m hoping this one will touch people in a new way, at the right time for them. I also realized that I don’t need to know how the Last Goodbye Letters book will help and comfort and inspire people, they’ll figure that out on their own.
I’ve been so excited and gratified when people tell me that they think this is a great idea. They come up with their own ways that it might help people that I had never thought of. One friend suggested that it might encourage children to pen notes to their parents now so that they can heal a hurting relationship. She also thought maybe it would provide a roadmap for them to figure out how to draft their own letter. She said that maybe it would be a therapy kind of book for those who read it to see that they have similar situations and maybe they’d write posthumous letters as part of therapy to heal that way.
This book won’t be for everyone. But I hope that those who would benefit from it will find it in their hands.
I don’t know how long it will take, but I appreciate everyone’s help in getting the word out.
I don’t think so. Here’s a “letter” that my daughter wrote to her grandpa as her way of saying “goodbye.”
I’ve gotten some “letters” that are cards, poems and eulogies. I guess they could be artwork or songs, or I don’t know the limitations.
Thank you for sending in your letters. Thank you for “liking” us on Facebook. I’ll try to work on making the Facebook page more engaging and give updates there as well.
I had the nerve, about a month before my dad passed and while he could still somewhat sit up long enough to read e-mail, to tell him about this letters project that he inspired. I thought I’d share what his response was.
“Dear Sue: Great idea. I don’t know where you would get the material, but it would certainly be good theraphy for you guys as well as all who would read it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Now I’m going to take a nap too. Dad”