A heartbroken widow has sparked a huge reaction online after sharing an emotional yet beautiful open letter about grieving the loss of her husband.
Just like many who have farewelled their life-long loves, the woman explained in a post shared on Instagram how she is still hurting following the death of her partner but is hopeful that they will one day be reunited.
In a message that left many readers with goosebumps, the unnamed widow described how her husband died and what she has done to ensure the memories of their time together remain alive.
“He fell down on his birthday,” she began. “We’d just celebrated with a party. He was standing on a ladder, trying to fix a shelf, and he fell. It was all very sudden. He was in a coma for a week and then he was gone.”
“He fell down on his birthday. We’d just celebrated with a party.He was standing on a ladder, trying to fix a shelf, and he fell.It was all very sudden.He was in a coma for a week and then he was gone.After his death, I began to write in a journal.On the first pages I wrote about his final days.I was so sad.I just needed to process what happened.But then I kept going back, back, writing everything I could remember: the walks we had together, the places we visited, museums, castles, holidays with the children.I carried a pen with me at all times.Every time I had a memory, I’d write it down.We’d known each other since we were fourteen years old.We’d take walks in this park back then—with our parents permission, of course.It’s been almost nine months since his death.I’m feeling a little better.I’m still writing, but it’s not so much about memories anymore.It’s more spiritual now.I think he's still evolving somewhere.One night I saw him in a dream.It was the young Claude.Twenty-five or thirty years old.It was so real.I don’t even think it was a dream.I could feel him there.He was standing in a doorway, dressed completely in red.And Claude never wore red.But when I reached out to hug him, the door closed, and he disappeared.I believe he's still out there somewhere.And that I’ll see him again on the other side of that door.” (Paris, France)
The woman continued by explaining how she started to write down her feelings as a way to process her grief which soon spiralled into a long list of journal entries.
“I just needed to process what happened,” she wrote. “But then I kept going back, back, writing everything I could remember: the walks we had together, the places we visited, museums, castles, holidays with children. I carried a pen with me at all times.”
The woman added about the park she was pictured sitting in: “We’d known each other since we were fourteen years old. We’d take walks in this park back then – with our parents permission, of course. It’s been almost nine months since his death. I’m feeling a little better.”
While the first part of the post certainly brought on tears, the next was even more touching as she explained how she believes her husband is still with her in spirit.
She said she has had dreams about her beloved partner that could be more than her imagination – as if he was somehow there with her.
“I think he’s still evolving somewhere,” the widow explained. “One night I saw him in a dream. It was the young Claude. 25 or 30 years old. It was so real. I don’t even think it was a dream. I could feel him there.
“He was standing in a doorway, dressed completely in red. And Claude never wore red. But when I reached out to hug him, the door closed, and he disappeared.”
She added: “I believe he’s still out there somewhere. And that I’ll see him again on the other side of that door.”
The Instagram post has received a flurry of replies from social media users, with over 490,000 likes in a matter of days. Many others left touching comments of support for the widow.
“Even if she’s heartbroken, she’s dealing with her loss in such a graceful and constructive way,” one person wrote. “I wish her all the best. May we all learn from her serenity.”
Another added: “Heartbreaking, but inspirational that she’s so full of hope. Many cultures believe that when the deceased come to us in our dreams they are visiting us from beyond, there’s great comfort in that idea.”
While a third said: “Got goosebumps reading your beautiful love story. So disheartening yet filled with hope. Peace to you.”