When John stumbled across this picture in his wife’s phone, his heart skipped a beat. She had been gone for a week, but there she was on the phone’s screen, smiling at him, proud to show off her beautiful wedding gown. She had picked out her dream dress for a wedding that would never take place, but the memories that she left behind had shaped the lives of those around her. He had to share his story, and it instantly resonated with thousands.
Michelle had been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, and although she fought as hard as she could, she had to say goodbye.
We were married at the courthouse a few days before her first surgery was scheduled to take place.
We rushed there. To become man and wife.
Not knowing if she would make it out of the surgery alive.
After the cancer came back and she was terminal, we decided to plan a real wedding.
She didn’t make it to that real wedding.
She died two weeks before it was scheduled to take place.”
But before she passed away, she had gone and picked out “the dress.” It was perfect in every way, and she took a picture to remember it by, as many brides-to-be do! What she didn’t know is that the spontaneous picture would lead her husband to a stunning realization:
While at hospice, she would talk to people about how great the wedding was going to be.
She wasn’t coherent enough to realize that she wasn’t going to make it to there.
Michelle died without me ever seeing her in that dream dress.
A week after she passed away I stumbled across this picture in her phone.
I lay motionless in bed, both happy and devastated.
Tears flowing down my cheeks as I laughed aloud at the memory of how giddy it made her.
In her dress.
I want to live a long life.
I want to remarry and have grandkids.
I want to write and teach.
I want to spread my message to the world.
I want to tell them everything I have learned about love, loss, grief and healing.
When it is my time, I am running up there.
No – I am sprinting up there!
To see her.”
He posted the picture to Facebook, and it touched the hearts of everyone who read their story. The inspirational story was shared thousands of times, and the simple gift of a single picture will live on to inspire thousands more.
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