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Dad Writes Journal For His Son Before Dying

This Dad Left Behind a Journal For His 1-Year-Old Son Before He Died, and It'll Make You Sob

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After one woman lost her fiancé shortly before her son's first birthday, she made a discovery that would change everything. In a now-viral Reddit thread, the anonymous mom explained how she found a journal her late fiancé wrote to their son seven months after he died. She shared a photo of a page that asked the question, "How do you want future generations of your family to remember you?" and the internet is collectively sobbing.

"That's a hard question to answer," he wrote. "I want to be remembered as a good man who had his shortcomings and demons early in life. But after he got things together, he was an honest, hardworking person who loved to laugh and love, [was] never afraid to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it. A man that had a good family that he loved and would do anything for."

Obviously for the grieving woman, finding the journal meant everything to her. "And I just found it. It was with my son's books. I didn't know he had filled the book out and read through all the entries," she said, adding that, "If he were still alive it would be touching," she explained, "but now that he's gone it's a treasure."

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Parents can get their own copy of the journal in question — My Dad: In His Own Words ($11) — and start jotting down their own thoughts and feelings.

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