"Please don't cry because I died! Smile because I lived!" the note read

By Alexandra Zaslow
Updated February 03, 2015 01:20 PM
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Credit: Courtesy Cliff Sims

Days after passing away, Billie Breland is still telling her husband what to do.

After 60 years of marriage, Billie got sick late last year and was hospitalized in Cleveland, Mississippi. Her husband, Jimmy, sat by her side every day until she passed last month.

A few days later, Jimmy came across a note she left in her checkbook for him to find. Their grandson, Cliff Sims, posted the note to Facebook.

“Please don’t cry because I died! Smile because I lived! Know that I’m in a happy place! Know that we will meet again! I’ll see you there!” the note read.

“I’ll never forget the look in my granddad’s eyes when he showed the rest of our family the note – some tears, but a lot of smiles, too,” Sims told The Huffington Post.

“That note will be a source of comfort and a reminder that love conquers everything, even death,” said Sims, who also recounted the story for the Yellowhammer News. “There’s an indescribable peace that comes with knowing he’ll be reunited with her in eternity.”