Thomas Resch is 21 years old and recently lost his mom, whom he says has always been his best friend. To honor her life, he got her final heartbeat tattooed on his chest. When he posted images of the tattoo online, complete strangers wrote in to send their condolences and express how touching his story was.
His mother, Deborah, had been wearing her FitBit when she suffered her second cardiac arrest, which ultimately claimed her life. Resch checked the FitBit’s data and found an image of his mother’s final heartbeat. Shortly after his mother passed away, he also found a note she had written to him, which read, “I’m going to miss you a lot. I love you.”
She had written this message on the day he moved out on his own, which happened to be the same day she passed. BuzzFeed reports that the first heart attack the mom suffered had left her with limited mobility in her hands and, ever since, she had struggled to write.
“When I was a kid and all of growing up my mum always prided herself on her handwriting,” the son told BuzzFeed News.
So he decided that combining the note with the measurements of her final heartbeat would be a touching tribute to his mother, in the form of a tattoo.
He posted a photo of the tattoo to Twitter, writing, “Some people may see the words as messy but it’s beyond perfect in my eyes. I love you so much momma.”
Since posting, the tweet has been shared over 15,000 times and garnered over 200 responses.
“This is bittersweetly beautiful,” one person wrote to Resch on Twitter.
this is bittersweetly beautiful. your strong love for her surely shows and shines so far above that i’ve no doubt she’s still feeling it right now. rest in peace to a lovely lady who clearly gave birth to an equally-as-lovely lad. 🌿💚
— ai (@twoughosts) January 24, 2018
Others shared similar stories of handwritten letters turned to tattoos.
my mom use to write me letters all the time & always ended them by saying “all my love mom”. She sent me a very long one 1 day & a couple weeks later died, unexpectedly, so I got it tattooed, I understand your pain,& I’m sorry for your loss, your mom isn’t hurting anymore love💔
— keesu⁷ •᷄ɞ•᷅ (@keesu__) January 24, 2018
But for the most part, people just can’t stop crying.
Resch went on to post a cautionary tweet, asking that others never take their parents for granted.
“Don’t take your parents for granted, nobody will love you as much as your parents do,” he wrote.
He and his brothers have since started a GoFundMe page to help his dad raise money to pay for his wife’s medical bills and funeral arrangements. You can show your support by spreading the word or contributing a donation, if you’re so inclined.
This is an extremely touching story, and we’re sending our condolences to the Resch family during this difficult time.