She shared how she unexpectedly came across an incredible memorabilia of her mother 25 years after her death.
Losing a loved one is never easy. While grieving, the only thing one can do is cherish our memories for them. Some people do this by going through the late person's old photos, belongings and places that are remnants of their existence. A woman on Twitter shared a heartwarming story of how she unexpectedly came across one such memorabilia of her mother 25 years after her death.
Hanna Neter wrote on Twitter, "My mum died when I was 11. Recently I was contacted by someone on Facebook who interviewed her for her dissertation and had found the tape recording. So this weekend, I heard her voice for the first time in more than 25 years!" Neter also shared a picture of the tape.
Moreover, she mentioned in the comments that the same person who gave her the tape also had some pictures of her mother, which she had never seen before. Neter also explained how she felt about listening to her mother's voice: "Wow! I didn’t remember her voice at all and hearing it again, I didn’t recognize it when I thought I would. So surreal."
My mum died when I was 11. Recently I was contacted by someone on Facebook who interviewed her for her dissertation and had found the tape recording. So this weekend I’ve heard her voice for the first time in more than 25 years! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/G2wjMwP7jF— Hanna Neter (@hannaneter) June 4, 2023
The post went viral with about 1 million views and 48.8 thousand. A lot of people on the platform could resonate with Neter. @KingBobIIV commented, "That's amazing. I have a phone with my dad's last message on it. I can't bear to listen." @stacey_higgins wrote, "My mom died when I was 11 too. I’m 44 and this made my heart stop reading it!" @Janet_Lyn expressed, "What an incredible gift for you, Hanna. That's truly wonderful. My mother passed away when I was 5 and I often think about how much I wish I could remember her voice. So I do understand your joy! A very, very precious gift."
@barbourshopper said, "That’s wonderful! There is kindness in this world. I was contacted a few years ago through Facebook by someone whose grandfather served with my dad during WWII. She sent me photos and other memorabilia, which meant the world to me. I am so happy for you."
So thoughtful of the researcher to contact you and give you the tape. After my Dad died last year, we found an old cassette of him singing his favourite songs. I listen to it when I'm missing him. Hope you're enjoying hearing your Mum again.— Rheumatoid Patient (@rheumpatient) June 4, 2023
My dad died when I was 7. Someone sent me a video of him teaching a class. It had been 38 years since I heard his voice. It was a bittersweet experience. I didn’t recognize his voice but to relate to him as an adult, even just through a video, was nice.— Saskia (@SaskiaVonDee) June 9, 2023
Such things are what keep the memories of a person alive. They also give us a glimpse of how life was when they were around and how it has changed in all these years.
In another such instance, a grandson shared on TikTok how he remembers his grandmother every Chinese new year. @retroidersg searches for her on Google Maps at 840 Hougang Central, where she can be seen crossing the intersection, which feels like she is still there. The grandmother was captured on camera by a passing Google car and her photo got saved in the Google Maps app. He captioned the post, "Every Chinese new year, whenever I miss my late grandma, I would come to Google Maps and she will be there. Miss you, grandma."
Many on social media found this grandson's story heart-touching. @tracedtogether wrote, "My aged dad, who has dementia, is also on google street view. That means so much to me and my fam." @shawn_excalibur commented, "Miss my grandma whenever she sits in the living room, giving me sweets, waiting for me downstairs after school regardless of rain or shine."