If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you’ll know just how heartbreaking it can be. Of course, every loss has an impact on those who are closest to them, but there is nothing quite like losing a child, and parents who do so find their world flipped upside down.
This is because most parents assume that their children will outlive them and that they will be able to see their kids grow up until they meet their own end. So, experiencing their children being taken from them before they have even had the chance to live their lives fills them with despair, anger, and heartache.
However, many parents try to keep the memory of their children alive even once they are gone, and one mom swears that she has received a poignant text message from her daughter who passed away this year.
Losing a child
Anyone who has gone through the process of losing their child will know that they wouldn’t wish such an experience on their worst enemy. It’s the kind of experience that sucks the life out of you and makes you realize that life isn’t quite as magical as it once seemed. This was the case for one Wisconsin mother who felt the full force of this loss.
After losing her 17-year-old daughter, she just didn’t know what to do with herself. How could she go on? How could something like this happen to someone so young? What was she supposed to do now? This mother was all ready to spend the rest of her life in mourning until she received a text that changed her life. She soon realized that although her daughter was no longer with her, she wasn’t really that far away.
The mom in question
However, to truly understand this story, we need to know a little more about the mom in question. Alyson Peters is a Wisconsin mother who has gone through what all mothers hope to never experience over the course of their lifetime. At the tender age of seventeen, her daughter was taken from her, and life came to an end.
Alyson found herself at a loose end, and just didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t imagine her life without her daughter, and she felt as though her child had been cheated out of the life she had always dreamed of. She just didn’t know how such a thing could happen to such a bright and talented young woman.
Alyson’s daughter was Mackenzie Leeman. Her friends and family knew her as Kenzie, and she had her whole life ahead of her. She grew up in a loving home, she loved to explore the wild outdoors, she loved to hang out with her friends, and she loved to spend time with her boyfriend. Devastatingly, this life was cut short when, on February 26, 2019, Kenzie was involved in a fatal car crash.
No other cars or passengers were involved in the crash, which meant that Kenzie was the only one who lost her life that night. Her passing caused a giant hole to erupt in the hearts of her family and friends, and they tried to honor her life as much as they could. However, they knew that living without the young woman in their lives would be hard.
Searching for a sign
As Alyson tried to cope with the news that she would never see her daughter again, she tried to search for a sign. She wanted to know that her daughter would always be in her life, and she wanted confirmation that her daughter’s legacy would never be forgotten. For the first few days, Alyson felt lost, and she didn’t feel as though she’d ever find the answers that she was looking for.
Yet, just a few days later something changed. Her phone pinged, a message popped up, and her world flipped back into place. She had received a text message, and Alyson knew that it was her daughter talking to her from beyond the grave. It was this text that changed the course of Alyson’s life and Kenzie’s lasting legacy.
Revisiting the site
However, it wasn’t just the content of the text message that took Alyson’s breath away. The mom was actually revisiting the site of her daughter’s site when the notification popped up on her phone, and Alyson couldn’t help but think that it was a sign.
She had been looking and searching so hard for a sign that her daughter hadn’t left her completely, and she feels like she finally found this at the same place that took her daughter in the first place. The mom didn’t think this was purely a coincidence and felt as though it was too perfect to ignore. Kenzie was communicating with her, and she was talking to her daughter once more.
A picture attached
So, what was in the text? Although there were words on Alyson’s screen, she was more interested in the picture that had come with it. A friend had been to their old house that they had moved out of a year ago, and they had noticed something on Kenzie’s door that they had not noticed previously.
The new owners hadn’t moved it, and the friend just knew that Alyson would want to see it. After all, Mackenzie had left a poignant quote on her door, and it was more appropriate than ever.
As Alyson took in the picture in front of her and read the quote that her loving daughter had written in permanent marker, she just couldn’t believe her eyes. Tears began to well, and the words seemed to strike a chord with the mother.
Mackenzie had written that “Someday you will look back and know exactly why this had to happen to you,” and Alyson just didn’t know what to say. She felt as though her daughter was speaking directly to her and saying the words she needed to hear more than anything, even though she had written it over a year ago.
A source of comfort
Alyson couldn’t stop staring at the photograph, and she just didn’t know what to say. She couldn’t believe what she was reading, and she couldn’t believe that her daughter had written something so heartwarming without her knowledge.
Yet, what was even more incredible was just how comforted the mom felt after reading it. Her heart was still broken after having to say goodbye to her daughter, but she felt as though she was saying goodbye forever with the quote still resonating in her mind.
Coming home from work
Sadly, Mackenzie lost her life when she was driving home from work. The authorities called it a “freak crash” that only involved her car, and only involved one fatality. It was reported that the 17-year-old was heading south on Highway 441 when they believe she veered off the road and off the overpass.
Her car landed on the highway below, and she was pronounced to be deceased on the scene. There was nothing that could be done to save the youngster, and police blame the crash on possible adverse weather conditions.
At the time, Mackenzie was on her way home from a shift at the Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Appleton. The young girl had made it her mission to become a registered nurse, and she was doing everything she could to obtain this goal.
She was still studying at high school every morning, and then she would make her way to Fox Valley Tech in the afternoon for more classes. As if that wasn’t enough, she would then work at the Health and Rehab Center every day from 2 until 10 to gain experience and money.
In fact, Mackenzie’s only goal in life was to help people as best she could. Over the course of her life, the young woman struggled with her own mental health and depression, and she wasn’t shy about this.
She made her struggles known to those around her, and she coped with her struggles with those who loved her. Because of this, she knew that she wanted to be a source of help for other people who might not have had loved ones around. All she wanted was to make the world a better place.
Sadly, Kenzie’s passing put an end to this dream, and it broke the hearts of everyone who loved and cared for her. Her parents were distraught, her grandparents were inconsolable, her friends couldn’t believe the news, and her boyfriend was heartbroken.
She left behind a trail of happiness and light, but these people were struggling to cope with the news as they tried to take in the fact that they would never see each other again. How would they ever be happy again without the person who made them the happiest?
Going to miss her
More than anything, Mackenzie’s family and friends knew that they were going to miss her positive energy. She brought so much to each and every one of them, and it seemed as though it just came naturally to her.
She didn’t have to try too hard to cheer them up, and it seemed as though she could always put a poignant and positive spin on every aspect of life. Alyson soon realized this when she saw the quote on her daughter’s old door. It was the reminder that everyone needed.
Inviting a neighbor round
However, you might be wondering how Alyson received the picture of the door in the first place. The new owner’s of their old house decided to invite one of their mutual friends round for the evening.
As they wandered around the house and just happened to look into the room that used to house Mackenzie, she soon realized that there was something else lingering between the four walls. When she saw the quote, she just knew that she had to take a photo, and she knew that Alyson would want to see it.
Seeing it in person
Although Alyson was over the moon to see the photograph of the quote on her daughter’s old door, the mom knew that she needed to see it in person. She decided to reach out to the people who had bought the house off them and asked them if she would be able to make her way back and see it.
She was more than willing for the owners to turn down the offer, which is why she couldn’t contain herself when they said that she could. All she needed to do was brace herself for an emotional moment.
Crying on the floor
The mom was expecting to feel overwhelmed by emotions when she made her way back into the house she used to share with her daughter, but she didn’t expect it to be quite so intense. As soon as Alyson saw the quote written on the door in her daughter’s handwriting, she just couldn’t contain herself.
She burst into tears and spent the next few minutes just crying on the floor. However, the emotions weren’t over. In a move that would reduce Alyson to even more tears, the new owners asked the mom if she wanted to take the door home with her.
Through the tough times
Mackenzie’s mom couldn’t control her emotions as she took the door home and knew that she would be able to stare at the quote for the rest of her life.
She knew it would help her and her family through the tough times, and she knew that it would keep them going when they felt like giving up. Alyson also wanted her daughter’s friends to be able to appreciate the door, so she decided to turn it into a memorial that would commemorate her spirit.
Alongside this, Alyson also wanted the door to serve as a reminder to those in her family and the surrounding area that Mackenzie once had an impact on the world around them.
Although her physical body may no longer be around, the work she did at the Rehab center and her genuine compassion touched the hearts of many across the local town. She didn’t want anyone to forget that, and she knew the door would remind them. It was Mackenzie’s way of sticking around.
Not the only thing
However, this isn’t the only reminder of her life and legacy. A memorial has also been set up by the family of the 17-year-old to commemorate the loss of such a young mind.
The memorial has been placed at the crash site, and her closest friends and family have invited people from across the area to pay their respects and learn a little more about the young soul that lost her life before her prime. They want to know just how much she had done in her short life, and how much she planned to achieve.
A scholarship fund
Because Alyson knows that her daughter won’t get to achieve her dreams of one day becoming a nurse, she wanted to do something that would allow others to do so in her honor. So, Alyson decided to create a scholarship fund for those who want to become nurses in the local area.
She will raise money, and she will put these young people through the relevant qualifications to achieve what her daughter couldn’t. It’s to honor her legacy, and also to honor Mackenzie’s life.
Within her obituary, Alyson wrote fond words about her daughter and the impact she had on her life. She wanted Mackenzie to know that she will never be forgotten, and she wanted her to know that she would forever be in their hearts.
More than anything, though, she wanted the world to know that it was an honor to be Mackenzie’s mother. She wanted them to know that because she helped Mackenzie through the worst time in her life as she battled depression, she wants Mackenzie to help her battle through Alyson’s worst time of her life.
A true tragedy
There’s no doubt about the fact that the loss of Mackenzie’s life was a true tragedy, but there is one saving grace from this devastating moment.
Although it will be hard for Alyson and her family to move on from such a time in their lives, they can do so with the notion that Mackenzie is still with them. In her mom’s eyes, Mackenzie spoke to Alyson through the text message, and she will continue to do so every time she looks at the door.