A wife’s Christmas wishes for her family, even after death, are bringing tears to the eyes and sharing the true spirit of Christmas this week as a video telling Brenda Schmitz’ story has gone viral. Schmitz died of ovarian cancer in late 2011, leaving behind her husband and four children. Yet this Friday, a radio station helped grant the final requests of this dead woman to her loved ones while live on the air, and her spouse’s reaction in the footage has already hit 1,000,000 views. The Christian Post tells the history behind this touching holiday tale this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
The wife’s Christmas wishes for her touched family were ones that radio station KSTZ “Star” 102.5 say they have never experienced anything like before. The final requests of this loving woman prove how powerful love can be, and how this thoughtful promise can transcend even death.
"We've been doing the Christmas wish program for 20-plus years, we've never received a wish like this – ever," Des Moines radio host Ken Auge said recently. "There wasn't a dry eye in the room, it really inspired us to do something for her."
As described in a letter given by a close friend, Brenda wrote how much she loved the local station’s "Christmas Wish" program as "a tremendous and thoughtful deal" that "truly exemplifies what Christmas is all about." The dead woman — having lost her battle to ovarian cancer in Sept. of 2011 — added that she has three wishes for her husband David after death, voicing her love and belief in him, as well as in her sons.
Her first wish is that her husband’s eventual fiancé would have the chance to be pampered at a spa before their marriage, that her remaining family members could enjoy a magical trip and special vacation sometime together, and that all of the nurses and doctors that took care of her at the local hospital would share in a night of drinks, fun, and laughter together.
The friend of Brenda Schmitz gave the letter to the radio station because she felt it was the right time since Schmitz was engaged to his girlfriend, Jane, late this year.
Radio co-host Colleen Kelly read the wife Christmas wishes letter to Schmitz in the now viral video, and he couldn’t help crying at the beautiful message from his late spouse.
"When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer," Schmitz's late wife wrote. "As I was thinking about my last months on Earth I told David my wishes after I was gone that I believe he followed through with the attitude and courage I know he possesses. What a great husband and father to our family he is," Brenda wrote.
She also expressed a desire to meet the woman whom Schmitz chose to help raise their children. "Thank you, I love you, whoever you are," the mother wrote.
Brenda Schmitz left behind several sons from previous relationships. They had one son together, Max, who had just turned two years old when his mother died from her battle with cancer.
"No child as young as Max should lose his mother and it brings tears to my eyes now thinking of it," the mother wrote. "He is such a bright, intelligent, beautiful boy. I will miss all my boys."
After listing her final requests and posthumous wishes, she concluded with a final farewell. "May God bless and keep all of you safe there," she wrote. "When you wish upon a star… Brenda."
The radio station confirmed this week that it would be granting all three of Brenda's Christmas wishes with a family trip to Disney World, a spa trip for Jane, and food drops for the local doctors and nurses. The loving wife and mother is no doubt looking down on her family with love.
"We wish you Merry Christmas, David," Auge announced.
The video recording of the inspirational letter, the husband’s reaction, and the Christmas wishes program has more than 1,000,000 hits on YouTube, and thousands upon thousands of likes.