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Widower and His Kids Gave Love Notes to Strangers to Honor His Late Wife

posted: 11/30/15
by: TLCme

Hyong Yi's wife Catherine Zanga passed away from ovarian cancer a year ago. The Charlotte, North Carolina assistant city manager and father of two wanted to do something to commemorate the life of his wife and the love that the couple shared, so he started the #100LoveNotes movement.

His aim? In a Facebook post that's now gone viral, he explained that after his wife died, he lost his own will to live. "My initial plan was to curl up, stay in bed, and wallow in grief for as long as possible," he wrote. But taking care of his children forced him to get up in the morning, and slowly, he started to build his life back up.

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"The most difficult, but rewarding, part of the past year has been to try and define a life worthy of Catherine, but without Catherine. What is a life well lived?My conclusion a life filled with love. This, Catherine taught me."

So Hyong and his 7-year-old son Alex and 10-year-old daughter Anna wrote 100 love letters and passed them out to residents of Charlotte last week, attempting to spread the compassion and kindness that he shared with his late wife. Many of the love letters are culled from actual conversations Hyong and his wife had during their fifteen year relationship.

As Hyong and his children passed the notes out, they could see the profound affect they had on their recipients. ""One woman she read it, Anna gave it to her, and she ran back and found us," he told People magazine. "She was crying. She had read the note and she hugged me and she said she was so sorry for everything that happened. It was a beautiful thing."

For Hyong, he's hoping it encourages people to express their love to one another. "It is a labor of love and sadness, but also one of gratitude and joy. I am grateful for her love and wish I had just one more opportunity to tell her "I love you," and for her to respond."

You can read all the love notes at their website, 100LoveNotes.