The Best Valentine's Gift This Year Came From the Afterlife

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No matter how much your husband stepped up to the plate this Valentine's Day weekend -- breakfast in bed, your favorite chocolate, allowing you to hit the gym while he hung with the kids -- we're guessing he still did not match the lengths a certain Casper, Wyoming, man went to.

How do we know for sure? Well, because this incredibly thoughtful man passed away last year.

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William "Jim" Golay was only 53 years old when he was diagnosed last February with an inoperable brain tumor. But before passing away last summer, he contacted a local florist and requested that his wife of 28 years, Shelley, be sent a bouquet of flowers every Valentine's Day until she died.

Shelley had no clue that her husband had made these arrangements. When she received flowers on February 12 this year, she assumed her children had sent them. When they admitted they hadn't, Shelley was curious enough to contact the flower shop -- and finally learned of her late husband's wish.

Needless to say, the employees of the floral shop nearly dissolved in tears, as you might be doing right now.

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Such a deeply romantic gesture seems fitting for a man whose motto was "Go Big or Go Home." In his obituary last year, Jim was fittingly remembered as a "larger than life husband and father."

"It was true love and you just don't find that very often, you know the fairy tale romance, the knight in shining armor, you just don't find that," Shelley told a Denver news channel. "And even though we didn't get the fairy tale ending, it was amazing."

This isn't the first time we've heard of romantic gestures from the afterlife. In 2013, an Iowa man was contacted by a local radio station who'd received a request from his wife -- who'd died two years before from ovarian cancer.

The mom of four had written the letter while in the hospital and given it to a friend, instructing her to mail it once her husband had found happiness with someone new. In it, she asked the radio station to give her family a trip, her husband's new fiancee a spa day, and a night out for the people at the cancer center who'd treated her.

Hard to compete with this, right? But we should sure try!

What's the most romantic gesture you've ever made?

 

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