And creates a social media storm with #100LoveNotes in the process...
A man has hit headlines after 100 love letters and handing them out to strangers, in honour of his late wife.
Hyong Yi was heartbroken when his wife, Catherine, passed away from cancer, leaving him to raise their two young children without a mother.
In honour of the first anniversary of Catherine's death, Hyong decided to commemorate the date by writing love letters and handing them out to complete strangers. What a beautiful idea!
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Hyong revealed that as the anniversary of Catherine's death began to loom, he decided to tackle the negativity he was feeling and channel it into something wonderful, settling on the love letter project.
It took him around six weeks to write 100 love letters, all based on conversations and memories he and his beloved wife had shared during their 15-year relationship.
His friends encouraged him to promote the letters, which he handed out to passers-by in his hometown Charlotte, North Carolina, and there is now a website which features the whole 100.
Describing the project on his Facebook page, Hyong wrote: "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".
Friends and family helped Hyong to help out the letters, with his daughter Anna handing out over half on her own and telling People: "Sometimes people take loved ones for granted and sometimes people don't have their loved ones. Be thankful for everyone around you".
Hyong also asked people to share their own letters with their loved ones, using the hashtag #100LoveNotes across Twitter and Instagram to share pics - and the hashtag trended on Facebook last week!
Hyong concluded: “In my life, I cannot tell my wife that I love her because she’s not here to receive it. In retrospect, I wish I’d done more. And whatever more I’d done, I wish I’d done more on top of it. I look at people in my life that are married or in relationships, newlyweds, and I don’t want them to go through the next 40–50 years of their lives assuming that the person will be there".
Go on, do it - write a #100LoveNotes for your partner today!
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