Letter from Dying Groom

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Original Photo by: hotblack

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Letter from Dying Groom draws inspiration from the story of Rowden and Leizl whose wedding video went viral several days ago. They originally planned to wed on July 8 in time for Rowden’s 30th birthday. However, after Rowden’s diagnosis of stage 4 liver cancer last May, they had to expedite the wedding date to accommodate the groom’s dying wish to be wed to the love of his life. Rowden passed on to the other life less than 10 hours after he uttered his vows. He is survived by his wife Leizl and their daughter Zakiah.


This letter was written by the Letter Writer.


My love,

The first thing that came to my mind when I learned that I was terminally ill was how am I supposed to fulfill my promise to bring you to the altar on July. I cannot bear to see you disappointed and sad. We have so many dreams to fulfill, so many stars to reach, and so much love to share together.

I thought to myself this cannot be happening to me…to us…but it is. I am growing weaker by the day no matter how hard I try to psyche myself that I can get well, that I will get well for you. There is a voice inside me that is saying I am near my earthly end.

I am writing this letter so you can read my words of love to you even when I’m gone. When you find yourself doubting even for one second that I love you, you have my words here to assure you. I love you and my only regret is that we haven’t met sooner so we could have started our life together earlier.

Thank you for saying yes to be my wife in spite of my condition. If our wedding will be the last memory of my life that I will bring with me, I couldn’t ask for more. I just wish that I can do all the things that a groom is expected to do on his wedding day. I would have liked to be standing at the altar waiting for you, looking at you as you walk down the aisle.

If in case I will not be strong enough, I may have to ask you to come to me while I lie in my hospital bed. I hope you will not mind very much.

I know I told you that I will be with you forever. Forgive me for breaking my promise. I didn’t mean to. 

Keep my love forever in your heart where I hope it will always be. Whatever we had will never really be lost. Keep going, keep living, not only for us but for you.

With love that goes beyond life,

Letter Writer

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Teresa Martinez

A freelance researcher-writer who has continuously been in such field for more than 10 years. Previous to that, her work experiences are in the banking, advertising, and cooperative industries. More of her work in Google+

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21 Responses to “Letter from Dying Groom”

  1. jo says:

    OMG! Is this for real!? I almost cried. What a sad ending to a new beginning. 🙁 I am always online but I haven’t seen this until you shared. Oh love.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Yes, the story of Rowden and Leizl is true. I felt like crying as well when I first viewed it so I just had to write a letter.

  2. I saw the video as well and can’t help but cry. YOu nailed those emotions perfectly!

  3. papaleng007 says:

    This is what we call Love made in heaven. gosh, teary-eyed ako while reading the letter. But, ayokong gayahin.

  4. Travel Quest says:

    I read this in fb post very hearth breaking story. Only God knows when her heart will be healed.

  5. So hard to read stories like this because you always want a happy ending to every family. You can also see how unconditional the love Liezl has for Rowden too.

    I wonder if he has a separate love letter to his daughter as she was not mentioned at all in the letter?

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      This letter is actually a fictional one inspired by a real story, which I wrote as I try to approximate what the dying groom’s feelings could have been. I purposely did not make any mention of a daughter in the letter as I was intending to zero in on the love of two people for each other. You just gave me another idea when you asked about the letter to his daughter, will probably do that as well in the future.

      • mrslookinggood says:

        Sorry I got confused. That’s a great idea to make another one for his daughter this time 🙂

  6. betchai says:

    just saw this video, made me teary eyed, what a very sad and inspiring story, and your thoughts or imagine words from the groom put the emotions perfectly, am glad they were able to realize their dreams of being wed before he had to say goodbye

  7. wow this is a very nice video. I can see the whole family still feel so much joy and laughter despite of having a dying son. Such a great family circle and friends to have. they are all very lucky to have them each other

  8. I can’t help myself but cry. This is very sad yet truly inspiring video/story…true love that is!

  9. Ria C says:

    This tugged my heart-strings in a very painful way. I feel sad for those forlorn lovers; barely even there in starting their life together as a couple. And as fate would have it, a love gone too soon.

    Your letter is full of passion and sadness. I am teary eyed after reading it.

  10. I was teary eyed when I was reading the letter. It is in my facebook wall for how many days now, now I am interested to watch it, I will. The bride is very brave to handle things right.

  11. Shengkay says:

    just watch it now with KMJS naiyak ako..as in been seeing this over the news for the past week, very inspiring at sad. goodluck to Leizel.

  12. Anna says:

    their story is so heartbreaking, i shed some tears too watching the video. not sure how i’d cope up if it happened to me

  13. This story is so sad.. I don’t know if I can watch the man I love die before my very eyes.

  14. Gone too soon. I’ve watched the video and it’s just so heartbreaking to watch the wedding that is meant to be held in a church. The groom may have gone so soon but he’ll always be watching from heaven. 🙂

  15. jamdaquio says:

    oh… that viral video is indeed heartbreaking! And, the letter that you wrote is very touching.

  16. franckxethee says:

    This is so sad but this really shows how love can even be stronger than an impending death as the memories stays.

  17. Oh god! I can’t help but weep. I’ve seen the video too and I cried a river. Mababaw talaga ang luha ko sa mga ganito. 🙁

  18. Michi says:

    I saw this video before and I felt so sad. But it also shows how they love each other. Hinintay lang niya siguro yung wedding! Imagine after 10 hours, nawala na siya.

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