Family Finds ‘Thank You’ & ‘Goodbye’ Note After 6-Year-Old Son Dies

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This particular story struck a cord with me personally and truly made me think long and hard about the reality that somehow, we may truly know when the end is coming.

I lost my sister when she was just six years old. As she waited for the bus outside our family home, a driver swerved into our driveway and killed her instantly. Just before she headed outside to wait for the bus she handed my parents a picture she had drawn. That picture remains framed, in my fathers office to this day. It wasn’t so much the picture that always made me question a higher power of sorts, it was the wording in which my sister wrote.

As she walked out the door, just moments before being fatally struck she wrote ‘Thank you for being the best parents a kid could have‘ and ‘I love you‘. So needless to say, when I saw this incredible Facebook post below, It truly made me smile, for this little boy, as well as my sister seemed to know the end was coming, but were comfortable and not scared.


Following the death of their son Leland, Amber and Tim Shoemake came home to something they did not expect.

“When Tim and I came home for the first time to get [Leland’s] clothes to be buried in, this is the note we found from him on the table in the living room room,”

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The note reads: “Still with you. Thank you mom and dad. Love. Good (bye).

Leland, 6, tragically died from an amoebic infection in his brain on Friday, September 25. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at Oak Hill Baptist Church.

The post ends with: “We have no idea when he wrote it but you can tell he was always a special child. We will love you forever Leland. Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!”

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Donations to Leland’s family can be made hereSo far, they have raised $9,023 of the $10,000 goal.



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