Woman Texts Dad’s Mobile For Fourth Anniversary Of Death, Gets Heartbreaking Reply

by : Lucy Connolly on : 26 Oct 2019 13:29
Woman Texts Dad's Mobile For Fourth Anniversary Of Death, Gets Heartbreaking ReplyChastity Patterson/Facebook

A woman who texted her late father’s mobile number every day since his death received an emotional reply just before his fourth anniversary.

Chastity Patterson, from Arkansas, shared a screenshot of the heartbreaking text exchange on social media after she’d texted her dad to acknowledge the ‘tough’ anniversary.


Instead of the usual silence in response to her message, this time the man who had her dad’s old number decided to respond to Chastity – something she described as ‘[a] sign that everything is okay and I can let him rest’.

woman receives emotional text from late dad's numberChastity Patterson/Facebook

The text which elicited a response from the man recounted the events of previous years, including graduating from college, having her heart broken before finding love once more, and beating cancer.

Chastity wrote:


It’s been 4 years since I lost you and not a day goes by that I don’t miss you. A lot has happened in that small time, but I’m sure you know since I tell you all the time…

I’m sorry I wasn’t there when you needed me the most, but one day we will [have] our chance to watch that game! I’m afraid of marriage because I’ll have to walk that long aisle alone and you won’t be there to tell me everything will be okay.

I’m doing great, you would be so proud of the woman I have become… I just wanted to say I love you and I really do miss you!

girl gets text from dad's number on anniversary of his deathChastity Patterson/Facebook

In response, the man – a complete stranger called Brad – admitted Chastity’s daily text messages had ‘kept him alive’ following the sudden death of his daughter in a car accident five years ago.

Brad introduced himself immediately, writing: ‘Hi sweetheart, I am not your father, but I have been getting all your messages for the past four years’. He then mentioned losing his daughter, describing her texts as ‘a message from God’.


He continued:

I’m sorry you lost someone so close to you, but I have listened to you over the years and I have watched you grow and go through more than anyone.

Explaining that the only reason he hadn’t replied before now was because he ‘didn’t want to break [her] heart,’ Brad described Chastity as an ‘extraordinary woman’ before saying he wished his daughter had had the chance to ‘become the woman you are’.

woman gets text from dad's number on anniversary of his deathChastity Patterson/Facebook

Since posting the screenshots, Chastity’s post has gone viral, with more than 99k reactions and 214k shares. Many who commented on the post described the exchange as ‘beautiful,’ adding that they hope the two stay in touch.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

This story has been reposted and is not contemporary news.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Life, America, dad, daughter, Death, Viral


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