Daughter Receives Flowers On Her Birthday From Her Father Who Died 4 Years Ago

They were a gift to show he'll always be with her.

Time and time again, we've seen the immense strength of people facing life-threatening illnesses — and the beautiful measures they take to ensure their families know how much they're loved, even after they pass. We saw it in the wife who wrote an emotionally-charged essay for The New York Times Modern Love series titled "You May Want to Marry My Husband" in hopes that he'd find love after her death. We saw it in the mother who wrote heartfelt letters for her children to bring them comfort after her passing. And now, we see it in a father who made sure he was a part of his daughter's birthdays for years after cancer took him. 

On Friday, Bailey Sellers, 21, received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the person she wanted to hear from most. Her father, Michael Sellers, passed away from pancreatic cancer when she was just 16. However, before his death, he arranged for flowers and a card to be sent to her on every birthday for the next five years. This year, she received the final bouquet. 

"We were sitting on the couch — and it was about a month before he passed away — and he said he had already done it. That this was what his plans were," Kristy Sellers, his wife, told ABC News. "He said, 'I'm going to do it until her 21st birthday. And if she's married, ask her significant other to send her flowers in remembrance of me.'"

Bailey took a photo of the flowers and the last card her father had written her and shared them on Twitter along with a photo of the two of them together at the beach. 

"My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre-payed flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy," she wrote. 

The card said, 


This is my last love letter to you until we meet again. I do not want you to shed another tear for me my baby girl for I am in a better place. You are and will always be the most precious jewel I was given. It is your 21st birthday and I want you to always respect your momma and stay true to yourself. Be happy and live life to the fullest. I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be. I love you Boo Boo and Happy Birthday!!!!


The beautiful gesture was a way to bring her joy and comfort during her birthday despite his absence. It's a reminder of how much he loved her and wanted the best for her. 

Bailey's tweet about her father's gift has been shared more than 350,000 times and has nearly 1.5 million likes. Many people responded to say that hearing her story made them emotional and that her father was a wonderful person. Others shared their own stories with loss and cancer. 

The outpour of kind messages helped to make Bailey's birthday even more special. However, she admitted receiving the final card was a little bittersweet. 

"Every year I looked forward to my birthday because I felt like he was still here with me, but this is the last year I get them so it's so heartbreaking," Bailey wrote on Twitter. But we have a feeling she'll continue to feel connected to him even without any deliveries. 


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