A Soldier’s Letters from Beyond the Grave to His Wife and Daughter

US Army First Lieutenant Todd W. Weaver wrote a letter to his wife and his baby daughter to be read in event of his death. His wife Emma found the documents on his computer when he was killed in September 2010 by an IED during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. The letters are achingly sad and poignant reminders of the great sacrifice being born by our military and the need to cherish the ones we love in our lives, whether you’re a solider or civilian.

Weaver's widow had the letters superimposed on pictures of she and their baby.

Dear Emma

Dear Emma:

Well if you are reading this, I guess I did not make it home and therefore, I was not able to remind you again of how much I love you. I love you so much baby and I will always love you. Although I may not be here right now, take comfort in the fact that I am watching over you right now. I am not gone and I will always be with you in spirit. I know this time must be hard for you but I also know how strong you are. Never forget that God knew what was best for us before we were even born. Take comfort in that. This happened for a reason. Although you may not believe it now, you will one day.

I want you to know just how important you are to me. I could not ask for a more caring, beautiful and loving wife. The memories that we have shared over the last few years have been the best of my life. Although it may seem like my life was cut short, I lived a life that most can only dream of. I married the perfect woman. I have a beautiful daughter that amazed me every day. I even had two great dogs – at least most of the time. I couldn’t ask for anything more. If you feel sad, just think back to the memories that we shared. Look at our daughter and how beautiful she is.

Be strong for her. Remind her about her Daddy and tell her that I loved her more than anything else in the world. Her birth was the best day of my life and she was the best thing that ever happened to me. Her smile and laughter represent all that is good and beautiful in this world.

Tell her that Daddy is in heaven now and will watch over her and protect her every minute of every day. I love you Emma. But never be afraid to do what you need to do to be happy. It is so important that you continue to find happiness in your life. Although you may think this is impossible right now, have faith.

Much better times are coming. You and Kiley have a wonderful life ahead of you and I am so happy to have shared some of it with you.

I love you.
Your loving Husband,


Dear Kiley

Dear Kiley, My Sweetie:

Although you may not remember me, I want you to know how very much your Daddy loves you. I left for Afghanistan when you were 9 months old. Leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. You are so very special to me sweetie – you are truly a gift from God. The best day of my life was the day you were born. Every time I saw you smile my heart would just melt. You were my sweetie – my life was not complete until you were born.

I am so sorry I will not be able to see you grow up. But remember, your Daddy is not gone. I am in heaven now smiling down on you every day. You are so very lucky to have such a wonderful Mom to take care of you. Make sure you are good for her and help her out whenever you can. Always remember to say your prayers at night and be thankful for all your many blessings. Never forget how important and special you are to so many people. We love you so very much. When you get older and start school, do your best and try to learn as much as you can about the world you live in. Always be nice and caring to others and you will discover that the world will be nice to you. But when things aren’t going your way, never forget that God knows what is best for you and everything will work out in the end.

You have such a bright and beautiful future ahead of you. Have fun. Enjoy it. And remember, your Daddy will always be proud of you and will always love you. You are and will always be my sweetie.

With very much love,
Your Daddy

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faizan November 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

unable to stop my tears…

molly November 22, 2013 at 4:53 am

dont worry i know what u guys are going throught i never got to see my uncle and i know it sounds strange for a 16 year old girl to be in the army but this is all that i have ever wanted was to keep the fasmily going he was my hero and always will bw what ever happens
just5 remember to stay stong he loves you lots and will alwys be looking over u xxxx

Marisol Luna December 24, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I had to say goodbye to my oldest son a young military hero with 9 medls and other awrds and is the most painful thing to do…I wish NOBODY had to live this. Hope his wife and dasughter find peace in his legacy of love and amazing job and sacrifice as ONE OF THE FEW GOOD MEN…
Stay stronger!!
An Army Mom

1LT Martinez US Army March 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Dear Emma and Kiley,

My most sincere respect to Weaver and you. God be blessing you all your life and your hearts. Love, peace, wisdom and fait is all I witch that happens to you. I will always be praying for you and, among every person that know you now, I am sure that Todd is always loving you.


1LT Martinez
US Army

Chuck April 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

Mom was in the Canadian Army and her second husband (my father was her first’s) was in the Army too. He was like a second dad for me. When he served a tour in Afghanistan, this was basically our everyday fear. I’m thankful he came back safe, even if mom isn’t with him anymore.

I can’t imagine what this widow must be going through.

lavkush sharma May 23, 2014 at 4:41 am

i luv u kr. dnt thnk im gone.. i m wd u. vl always b with u misthi .

Kristen May 26, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Agape love at it’s finest. Blessings to you.

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Robert December 21, 2014 at 1:29 pm

*Officially adds this to the list of ‘Things it is Manly to cry at’.*

imani February 4, 2015 at 5:27 pm

this is a crazy world but writing a letter in worth it

thelionking March 22, 2015 at 5:39 am

Hi Emma and Killey
I’m sorry about your lose . Have faith and always remember Todd is watching over you and loves you where he is right now.
Is been 5years now hope killey is growing strong n start to make his late dad proud .


Nicholas Nkundwanabake May 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Hey Emma, i am touched by your story.
but that remind my owx story,
i am like killey, my dad died when i was young,i didn’t seen him and i didn’t had a chance to have his letter to me and he is also a soldier, he died on the battle

Aisha September 1, 2015 at 8:49 pm

This is so sad. May this hero rest in peace.

DELMA K September 12, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Oooohh what sorrowfull and touching heart
event, on request of my lovely husband
I read this but tears ,,,,before reaching
The end ..Emma be strong and brave
As ur lovely husband.God is there

Aditya Singh December 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm

i want to be a pilot and maybe anyday my mom would also right something like this only for me .

PVT Zachary DelVecchio October 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm

i am very sorry this has happened. i cried when i read it and thought to myself that might be me. all my condolences to you guys and if you ever need anything, contact me at [email protected]
Private Zachary delVecchio

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Il est probablement l’un des Youtubeurs les plus âgés aujourd’hui, Daniel Barenboim , 73 ans,
lance sa chaîne sur Youtube et a déjà publié cinq vidéosdepuis la fin duu mois d’août.

Anonymous January 21, 2017 at 10:22 am

Am I the only one who didn’t shed a single tear reading this?

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