Daughter Shares The Hopeful Letter Her Mom Wrote Before She Passed Away

"Please hug your parents a little closer and never take them for granted because you never know when you could lose them."

Time and time again, we've seen mothers demonstrate immense strength in order to take care of their children. They want the best for their kids, and for them to feel happy and safe. They want them to grow up and find their own success, make their own families, and feel fulfilled. Unfortunately, some moms don't get to watch it happen.

On Wednesday, 18-year-old Hannah Summers shared a letter her mom, Peggy Summers, wrote to her before she passed away on Tuesday. Peggy was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer last summer. She had written a letter to all five of her children back in June before a risky surgery, according to BuzzFeed. While she made it through that surgery, Peggy kept the letters in case she later lost her battle to cancer. 


After she died, the letters were discovered on top of her mom's dresser. Hannah shared the one her mom wrote her on Twitter saying, "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." 

While it's incredibly sad that the letter had to be written at all, Peggy's words show that she wanted to bring her children comfort even after her passing. 

"Hannah, if you are reading this then the surgery did not go well," the letter started. "I'm sorry, I tried my best to beat this terrible disease, but I guess God had other things for me to do. Please don't be mad, bad things happen in life and we have to learn to deal with it no matter how much it hurts." 

Peggy went on to share her hopes for her daughter's future and words of encouragement. 

"I want you to be happy and use the gifts God has given you. You will be a wonderful nurse just as you are a wonderful person. Study hard in school, don't worry about a job. If you want to work in the summer, fine, but you need to really concentrate on school," she wrote. "Be patient with dad, this is going to be hard on him and we will need time. You both need to lean on each other and talk a lot, which is not one of our strong points, but try and don't give up. Remember you have a lot of people who love you, so talk to them often." 

She gave Hannah some advice on things like carpooling, emergency kits, parties, and friends. But Peggy also wanted her daughter to know that she would always be with 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 other know love God. If you have kids someday, make sure they know how much I love them and wanted to be there to see them. You are going to do great in life and I will be smiling with you through all the important moments in your life." 

Lastly, Peggy shared how grateful she is to be Hannah's mother. 

"I am thankful God gave us this past year to get closer and spend a lot of quality time together. Hang on to those good memories and tell everyone you love them as often as you can," she wrote. "Enjoy life and live each day as if it is your last because none of us know if today will be the last. And most of all, remember that I love you more than you will ever know." 

The heart-wrenching letter could not have been easy for Peggy to write โ€” and she wrote one for her husband as well as one for her four other children. 

"It perfectly shows the kind of person my mom was, so loving and caring and always worried about others more than herself," Hannah told BuzzFeed. "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."

The moving letter has spread across the Internet and inspired so many. People have been sharing their own personal stories of losing a parent and offering words of encouragement. 

Hannah's tweet has already been shared nearly 85,000 times and has more than 273,000 likes. People from all over the world have reached out to her to offer their condolences. And it clearly means a lot to Hannah. 


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