Heart-breaking vocabulary: Farewell video

This post is filled with heart-breaking vocabulary because the video is real and painful to watch. You have been warned. A full transcript of the message is below the video to help your understanding.

  • Terminall ill boy sends farewell message
  • His heart-breaking video goes viral
  • "Live live to the fullest"

 
A terminally-ill Australian boy, Shaun Wilson Miller was making a heart-rending, private video farewell message to his family and friends. Accidentally, he posted the video on to YouTube via his Facebook account and has become the latest viral-video sensation.

Doctors have told Shaun that he doesn't have long left to live after his body rejected his second heart transplant. So he recorded an agonising message to say that he didn't want his friends to "feel sorry for him". Even though the video is upsetting and traumatic at times, with Shaun fighting back tears, the overall message is uplifting: Shaun urges viewers to "live life to the fullest" in one of the video's most poignant moments.

It's hard to think that anyone could see this gut-wrenching message and not become emotional at his inspiring bravery.

Shaun's tearjerker video has lead to an outpouring of emotion and donations in his native Australia and the Herald Sun newspaper reports that he is not pitiful for himself and is definitely living live to fullest in the short time he has left. In recent weeks, Shaun has been to Disneyland, met some of his sports star heroes and appeared on one of his favourite TV programmes, Neighbours.

I think that Shaun's tragic story and the courageous way that he is dealing with it puts things into perspective for us all that get stressed about little, stupid, unimportant things in life. My advice: Say "I love you" today to someone that is really important to you. :)

 

 

Shaun's Heart-breaking words

 
Hi Guys. I have some bad news I wanna tell you all. I have chronic heart rejection and I won't be here for as long as I thought. What I wanna say is that this has been an awesome ride and I have no regrets. Live life to the fullest because you never know what's going to happen. I just wanna thank all my family and friends, who've been my life. Please don't cry for me. I will be OK. I do ask all my friends to make sure my Dad will be OK. I will miss you guys so much. I love you all. I know this is bad news, but good news came as well. I now have a girlfriend now called Maddie and I'm so happy at the moment. Nothing can bring me down. I hope I left footprints in all of your hearts because I'm going to miss you all and I love you dearly. Bye. Love from Shaun.
 
 

Heart-breaking Vocabulary

heart-breaking
very upsetting
heart-rending
sth causing great sadness
agonising
causing great pain
upsetting
sth that makes you unhappy
traumatic
emotionally disturbing
poignant
making you have a feeling of sadness
gut-wrenching
extremely upsetting
tearjerker
a story evoking sadness and sympathy; a story that makes you cry

 
 

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Comments

Hi Çiğdem,
Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear that you've had some not so nice things in your life recently.
As your quote demonstrates, the journey continues.

Here's a blog I wrote about a fantastic campaign for real happiness that you might be interested in. Plus a really heart-warming video that contains some excellent advice.

Have a great day! :)

Yes, it's extremely easy to forget how lucky we are

Hi Bren,
I've had a few sad moments recently and this article is not only heart-breaking but also rather couraging. Thanks for the advice, thanks for sharing.

'I think wherever your journey takes you,
there are new gods waiting there
with divine patience-
and laughter.' S.Watkins

Çiğdem

We always need to see real suffering, real troubles and difficulties to understand that we are very lucky and that we never appreciate it enough!

Thank you!

What a lovely video that is! And thank you for the blog as well! How come I missed that article! =)

Sending sunshine and smiles :)

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