Losing a loved one might be the single most difficult experience for anyone. And if that loved one happens to be your child, you could multiply that grief by a trillion and you still wouldn’t come close to the heartache you’d feel.

Carole Adler was understandably devastated when she lost her 21-year-old son, Taylor Thyfault, while he was training to be a police cadet. Since she wasn’t able to communicate with him every day, she continued texting his old number as a way to cope… until she received a text back.

What a bittersweet ending to such a sad story. The death of a child may never be overcome, but at least parents like Carole can find solace in the good people out there who still care.

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