The past two years haven’t been easy for lots of people. It’s kind of getting to the point where nobody wants anything else exciting to happen in their lifetimes, right? COVID-19 is one of those “once in a lifetime” things that has changed people’s lives forever.
2021 was a year of grieving for many.
Worldwide pandemics didn’t cause shutdowns for no reason – lots of people died. As a result, millions of people are now living their lives without someone they loved in it.
For one family who lost their dad, it was a tattoo that helped them to remember him.
Anna Harp and Abrielle Clausing lost their dad, Rudolph Clausing, back in January 2021. Anna is 28 and Abrielle is 21, much too young to be considering their dad’s death. Unfortunately, the worst still happened and he passed away.
To make matters worse, the last they heard from their dad was a note they got while he was in the hospital.
“We didn’t even see him that much because we were so worried that we were going to somehow give [COVID-19] to him,” Harp explained. “[But,] basically our worst nightmare came true because we were so worried and it happened.” – FOX10
For anyone with COVID in the hospital, visitations were restricted. Sadly, many people weren’t even able to be with their loved ones in their last moments – a terrible, terrible reality.
When the sisters got the note, they knew what they were going to do.
The note read, “It has been such a good life.” A truly wonderful sentiment from a man that surely understood the importance of family and love. When his daughters read the note, they decided they wanted to use it as the perfect opportunity to remember him by!
They each got the note tattooed on their arms as a way to think of their dad.
They didn’t just get the words he wrote, either. They decided that they would each style it in their own special way to remember him through their own memories and lenses. It was a truly beautiful moment.
The sisters from Siloam Springs, Arkansas, went to Anna’s favorite tattoo spot in Tulsa.
Anna the tattoo in a stylized fashion with dogwood flowers, his favorite blooms. Abrielle got something a bit different. She gave the original note to the artist and had him stencil it exactly as her dad wrote it, making a precise copy of the note on her arm.
After posting a short clip of their experience, it soon went viral.
People fell in love with their expression of his memory and couldn’t help but share the story. It soon went viral on TikTok and had over a million views and thousands of people pouring out their support and love towards them.
“He made everyone feel loved and he saw the good in everyone,” Clausing told Fox News. “I really take that with me in my life.”
Check out the original TikTok below!
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My dad passed away due to Covid five months ago and left us a note on his hospital bed. My sister and I got it as a tattoo recently. 🥺🤎