Woman's emotional post after getting birthday flowers from dead father shared thousands of times

Bailey Sellers was just 16 when her father died of cancer but he made she had still had something special on her birthday

Caroline Mortimer
Sunday 26 November 2017 14:06 GMT
Bailey Sellers was just 16 when her father Michael died
Bailey Sellers was just 16 when her father Michael died

A woman whose father arranged for her to receive flowers on her birthday every year after his death has written about her emotions upon receiving the final instalment in a post that went viral.

Bailey Sellers’ father Michael died when she was just 16 but before his death he arranged for flowers to be sent to her on every birthday until she was 21 with a personalised message.

Writing on Twitter, she said: “My dad passed away when I was 16 from cancer and before he died he prepaid 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.”

The student from Knoxville, Tennessee said this year was especially tough as she knew it would be the last one.

She told the New York Post: “Ever since my dad passed away I’ve hated my birthday and I dread it every year because he always made it so special.

The message her father wrote to her before his death

“I was especially dreading my 21st because I knew it would be the last year.”

Describing the letter she received this year, she said: “I broke down. That letter was very, very awesome and sad all at the same time.”

The letter 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.

Ms Sellers has received flowers on every birthday since her father died

“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.”

Ms Sellers’ father was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer just two weeks after Christmas in 2012.

He died six months later, survived by Ms Sellers, her mother and three older siblings.

The psychology student has been posting pictures of her flowers on social media every year but was surprised when the image went viral this time.

The post has already been retweeted over 280,000 times and received over a million likes.

“I honestly think that was my dad. He was trying to make my birthday spectacular,” she said.

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