Bailey Sellers just celebrated her 21st birthday. But unlike most young adults her age, her big day was bittersweet. Sellers’s father passed away from cancer when she was just sixteen. Before his death, he paid for flowers to be delivered to his daughter every year on her birthday. This year marked the last year that those flowers would arrive.
Sellers posted a picture of the flowers, as well as the note her father wrote her before his passing to Twitter.
My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he pre payed flowers so i could receive them every year on my birthday. Well this is my 21st birthday flowers and the last. Miss you so much daddy. 💜 pic.twitter.com/vSafKyB2uO
— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 24, 2017
Here is what his letter to Bailey said:
This is my last love letter to you until we meet again. I do not want you to shed another tear for me my baby girl, for I am in a better place. You are and will always be the most precious jewel I was given. It is your 21st birthday and I want you to always respect your momma and stay true to yourself. Be happy and live life to the fullest. I will still be with you through every milestone, just look around and there I will be. I love you Boo Boo and Happy Birthday!!!
While the reality that this would be her last gift from her father was undoubtedly hard to bear, Sellers was not alone. Her Twitter post went viral, with 369,000 retweets, and 1.5 million likes. Well-wishers from around the world shared their own stories of loss with the birthday girl. Others let Bailey know that they were thinking of her.
Sellers was touched by the outpouring of love from strangers across the internet.
Already been the best birthday of my life. Thank you to everyone who shared my dads flowers and note today. ❤ I am trying to message everyone back but it might take me a few days. @Daniel_T_West pic.twitter.com/yqqHHZWfDI
— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 26, 2017
Having my dad send me flowers every year after he passed was amazing and helped me cope with his death. If you know anyone that wants to set this up for a loved one check out this website. 💜https://t.co/JMh4RPmb22
— Bailey Sellers (@SellersBailey) November 27, 2017
In a separate tweet, she shared the link to a company that can set up posthumous gifts, the way her father did for her.