Losing a child brings excruciating pain to any parent. When Jam Broom’s only child died from an automobile accident in 1998, the mother thought her heart was beyond repair. But little did she know that her dead daughter’s journal is the key that will bring her closure and comfort.
After her daughter Shannon died, Jam went through her daughter’s belongings and found something personal.
On her appearance in “Oprah” in 2000, the grieving mother shared the contents of the journal:
“We found her gratitude journal in her suitcase, and we didn’t realize that she had been keeping the gratitude journal every day. Our child was happy, her life had been good, and she loved every one of us.”
Through their dead daughter’s journal, they gained an insight into the kid’s daily life. Shannon was a happy kid who often wrote letters of gratitude to people she loved most, but the addressees never received them.
Jam had a bright idea. She wanted those people who know how much they meant to her dead daughter, so she decided to send the gratitude letters to them. In an interview, she explained the reason behind this:
“We decided we wanted the people in the journal, who were mentioned by name, to know how much they had meant to Shannon, and it had an overwhelming response.”
With the use of her journal, Shannon managed to communicate to her loved ones from beyond the grave. The people who received her gratitude letters were overwhelmed with joy, knowing that they have been an important part of Shannon’s life.
Are you interested to know more about this story? To watch Jam’s entire interview, check out this video below. Just a friendly reminder, keep a tissue in hand because you will surely shed a tear on their inspirational story.
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