Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Tell Someone You Love Them

--by tressyanne, posted Dec 24, 2008

I just had quite a moving experience here at work. A long time customer came in and was sad.  I asked what was wrong and he said, "I have to attend my wife's funeral visitation this evening."  He continued, "She passed away from pancreatic cancer on Sunday."

He said they had been in Florida having the time of their lives 7 months ago.  They had been married 25 years and spent a month there having a fun vacation.  When they got back home his wife noticed a sore-muscle-type pain in her side and it just kept nagging her.  She later found out that she had pancreatic cancer and it had spread into her liver. There were no warning signs other than that nagging pain and 7 months later she passed away. 

He looked at me and said, "Honey, when you go home tonight make sure you tell your husband and other loved ones that you love them more than anything in this world.  You may not get the chance if you forget."

My coworker and I cried when he left. What an amazing person to be able to come in and carry on with business just to try to make the minutes pass. He said he has turned to her many times to tell her something funny or to tell her something was on tv and she is not there. He said after 25 years you just know when and what to say to each other.

So, in honor of him, let's all go home and smile, hug, kiss and tell someone we love them more than anything else in this world.

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Readers Comments

Jessy wrote: Thank you for reminding us that we should always leave loved ones with loving words. I am grateful that i have my husband, he is always there for me and i don't always tell him that he is appreciated. I can't imagine not having him in my life. Thank you and god bless your customer and give him the strength to continue, and may god bless you.
PayingForward wrote: Thank you for sharing this story. Your customer's wife lives on in his heart and will be part of him always. May each of us remember to love and appreciate all those close to us. They are a true gift. Grace and Peace. :)
Tigerlily wrote: OH, that is so touching. It makes me cry. It is so true. Thank you for sharing this; I'll make sure I tell my kids today that I love them. :)
JuneBug wrote: What a beautiful story!!!! Thank you!
lovebug wrote: Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, it a good reminder to all of us . God Bless
jaydeebug wrote: tressyanne, what a touching story. If you see this man again in the near future, you might offer to him. It is for anyone who has lost a loved one but it is predominantly older people who have lost a spouse and it helps with the loneliness so much. And it is faith based. Thank you for sharing.
makesomeonesmile wrote: What a great reminder. We should not take anyone for granted because you never know when they could be gone.

Thanks for sharing this difficult story and trying to use a sad event to help the world!
warmth wrote: Yes. Thank u for sharing this. I will not let go of this opportunity to tell all the special people in my lives that i love them.
Love u for sharing this story :)
inspiringstories wrote: oh my. this story made my heart cry. this is a good reminder to tell our loved ones that we love them so much...and we show them how much we care and love them as well.

mitu915 wrote: aw how sweet! i'll take your thoughts into my heart and send them out with love. thanks for sharing this touching piece.

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