It is human nature that we always cry and mourn our loved ones when they leave us and go to heaven. It’s our way of dealing with the loss of someone we love so dearly. Have you ever thought of smiling when you lose someone? Well, this is an inspiring story of a lady who told her beloved husband not to cry when she died, but instead, he should smile in honor of her life here on earth.
When a Mississippi man’s wife of more than 60 years passed away, he, naturally, received words of comfort from family and friends. But, along with the condolences from loved ones, came words from his wife herself.
On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Billie Breland passed away, leaving behind her beloved husband and soul mate, Jimmy Breland. It was a tough time for him and the entire family.
Billie and Jimmy got married in 1954, they were deeply in love and adored each other. Unfortunately, Billie suffered a broken hip and was unable to fully recover. Days after she died, Billie Breland’s family found a very touching heartfelt note tucked away in their checkbook. she had left it for her dear husband, Jimmy Breland, letting him know that they would meet again.
The note read:
“Please don’t cry because I died! Smile because I lived! Know that I’m in a happy place! Know that we will meet again! I will see you there!”
It was such a beautiful moment for the family especially Jimmy.
In a post from Cliff Sims, an Alabama journalist, on Yellowhammer News, Sims shared the touching note the family found written by his grandmother, Billie, to his grandfather, James, tucked into her checkbook just days after her death.
Sims explained that his ‘Mimi’ Billie as he called her suffered a broken hip and was unable to fully recover. He further added:
“Every day my Grandaddy stayed by her side in the hospital taking care of her, just as he’d done for every one of the 60 years they’d been married — right up until the night she passed”
He explained that his 83-year-old grandmother, who had been a public school teacher, was an ‘avid note writer,’ according to Yellowhammer. Sims wrote that his grandmother would leave random notes around her Cleveland, MS home of funny things that happened or quotes she wanted to remember.
He explains that the family does not know the exact time or day that Billie wrote the note, but she left one final note tucked inside her checkbook — but this one wasn’t for her, it was for his Grandaddy.
He also wrote that his grandmother Billie was selfless, she always thought of others before herself and the note was a way to ease her husband’s pain. How thoughtful! Sims wrote that the note, written in Billie’s perfect cursive handwriting, ‘perfectly sums up the hope and comfort that comes with knowing you’ll meet again in eternity.’