Cliff Sims wrote a story about his grandparents in 2015 for Yellowhammer News. The story recounts an unexpected note that had been left behind by his grandmother Billie, also known as “my Mimi.” Jimmy and Billie Breland got married in 1954.
Billie was a school teacher, and for 40 years Jimmy was a Baptist student minister at a local university. The both touched countless lives in their community in Mississippi. The couple was happily married for 60 years.
Billie’s health started to decline during the holidays in 2015, she passed away at the age of 83. Two days after Billie’s death, Jimmy found a note that Billie had tucked away in her checkbook.
Billie was known for leaving notes to herself lying around the house. Jimmy just thought that this was another one of his wife’s reminders to herself. But, it wasn’t. This note was for him.
No one knows when she wrote the note, but it is clear to everyone that she hid it away for Jimmy to find. The note told Jimmy not to cry that she had passed, but to smile! She told him that they would meet again and that she was in a happy place.
It read, “Please don’t cry because I died! Smile because I lived! Know that I’m in a happy place! Know that we will meet again! I will see you there!”
It was a simple, yet very powerful message. In January 2015, Cliff posted the note on Facebook, and it went viral and got tens of thousands of shares. In his story, Cliff said the note sums up all the comfort and hope that comes with the knowledge that we will meet our loved ones again in eternity.