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Real-Life ‘P.S. I Love You’: Devastated widow discovers stash of letters after her husband’s death

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Mitchell Whisenhunt left a number of touching letters for his wife to open after he had died.

A grieving widow discovered a trove of touching letters from her late husband with instructions for them to be read on certain dates after he had died.

A grieving widow discovered a trove of touching letters from her late husband with instructions for them to be read on certain dates after he had died.

Mitchell Whisenhunt (26) passed away last week after a long battle with Marfan’s Syndrome – a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart valves leading to early death, but wanted to help his wife through her grief.

He knew he wouldn’t be there for the milestones in his family's  life so wrote them dozens of secret letters to be opened after he had died.

His widow, Ashley, (22) cared for him throughout his four-year sickness and was astonished to find the letters.

The touching gift is reminiscent of Cecelia Ahern’s best-selling novel P.S. I Love You, in which a young widow helps grieve the loss of her husband to a brain tumour with the letters he left behind.

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In one of the first emotional letters he writes, “'If this is being read, I have passed.”

Speaking to American news channel KLTV, Ashley revealed how surreal it felt when she discovered the letters.

“Honestly I thought he was going to come back in and read them to me I guess,” she said.

The letters were written for particular occasions and she explained that the letters to their daughter are the most special.

"Her 2nd, 3rd, 4th birthday, and on the 16th he wrote "Sweet 16" on the front, all the way up to her 18th birthday," she added.

 In an additional letter to the community in his town in Texas, America, he requests their help with the cost of the funeral.

"In this grieving period for my wife, the last thing I want her to worry about is the coming cost of my funeral," he writes.

“Thank you in advance and also thank you for all your help you gave me and my family in our times of need,” he added.

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