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At Pal’s Funeral, Rich Lady Stumbles upon Fresh Grave with Photo of Woman Who Looks Like Her — Story of the Day

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By Sonali Bharadwaj
Apr 14, 2022
12:00 P.M.

When a woman returns to her hometown to pay her respects to a deceased friend, she finds a fresh grave with a picture of a woman who looks exactly like her. She believes it's all in her head until the cemetery caretaker reveals something shocking about her past.


Sarah Dawson came from wealth and never missed out on anything. She always wanted to make a name for herself, so after graduating from Harvard Business School, she began her entrepreneurial journey and eventually became her own boss after years of trials and failures.

Back in her hometown in Manhattan, Sarah had a dear friend named Blake Hewitt, and she never forgot about him even after she rose to prominence in the business world. The two friends – and ridiculous ex-lovers who reasoned they were much better off as friends – kept in touch while Sarah settled in Boston with her family and Blake remained in Manhattan.

They wrote letters to each other every month, even after Sarah married the love of her life, Aiden Charles, and had her own family. They always had a special friendship. They also often called each other, usually on weekends, to share their life updates. But one day, Blake called Sarah and sounded off.


Sarah was stunned to see a freshly dug grave with a photo of a woman who looked like her. | Source: Shutterstock

"What's the matter with you, Sarah?" he grumbled. "You're in Manhattan, and you haven't even called me?!? I literally saw you like 20 minutes ago. I saw you get on that bus, and I yelled your name like a lunatic, but you didn't even look back! Everyone thought I was insane!"


"What?" Sarah started laughing. "Stop your stupid jokes, Blake. I'm still in Boston. In fact, I have a meeting in 10 minutes, so I'll talk to you later."

"Hey, hey, wait a minute, okay. I am not making this up. I ACTUALLY SAW YOU!"

"And I ACTUALLY have a meeting, Blake, so goodbye!" Sarah said and hung up, dismissing Blake's claims as a silly prank.

Two weeks later, Blake passed away in a car crash and Sarah was devastated. She went to pay her respects at his burial and couldn't believe her eyes when she stumbled upon a fresh grave with a woman's picture atop the cross erected over it. The woman was a vivid image of her!


At one point, Sarah thought it was all a figment of her imagination because she was grieving her best friend. But she also remembered their last conversation, when he called her and told her he had seen her when she was actually miles away. 

Sarah was a successful businesswoman. | Source: Pexels


Nonetheless, Sarah dispelled the notion that the woman's picture had anything to do with her. She'd gone nuts because she was missing Blake so much! She mulled. However, as she was about to leave the cemetery, the caretaker approached her, and what he told her proved she wasn't hallucinating. 

"You? Oh, god!" he gasped, covering his mouth in shock. "How is this possible? This - This…" He was staring at her as if he'd seen a ghost. 

"I'm sorry, but have we met before?" Sarah asked. 

"YOU SHOULD BE DEAD! YOU ARE DEAD!" he said, terrified. "Your mother buried you here. You can't be alive!"


Sarah couldn't keep her cool. "Look, I'm not sure what you're talking about, but I'm very much alive and standing right here. Do you do this with every person who comes here? My mother…."

And then it hit her. The fresh grave with the woman's picture! She dashed back to the grave and looked closely at the picture. The woman did, in fact, resemble her. But how could this be, and who was she? Sarah vowed to find out and returned to the caretaker.

"Hey, wait," she said when she saw him walk away. "I'd like to ask you something."

The man didn't even turn around and sped up his steps. "I don't want to speak with you! You're a ghost! Please leave me alone!"


Sarah caught up to him and grabbed his arm. "I'm not a ghost, okay? My name is Sarah, and I came here just this morning for the funeral of a friend! So, please tell me who she is and how you know her."

The caretaker spotted Sarah and was shocked to see her alive. | Source: Pexels


"Her name is Abbie – Abbie Wilkinson. Her mother, Kimberly, sells flowers outside our cemetery every morning. She hasn't come in a few days because she's been sick. She lives in an old trailer on the outskirts of a nearby forest."

"Perfect! Thank you very much!" Sarah said as she got ready to leave. "And yeah," she added. "Ghosts are not real, and even if they are, I don't think they come out in broad daylight!"

Sarah left the cemetery and drove straight to the forest in search of Abbie's mother. She quickly spotted the old trailer upon arriving there. She parked her car beside it and knocked on the trailer's door.


"Hello? Is someone there?" No answer. "My name is Sarah, and I'd like to speak with you for a moment!" she called out again, but there was no response.

Dejected, Sarah turned around to leave when the trailer's door creaked open, and a frail woman emerged from inside. Sarah froze in shock when she looked at old Kimberly. Her eyes were deep and emerald in color, just like hers. What's more, she looked a lot like how Sarah would when she ages. In fact, She was her carbon copy!

Sarah found the trailer where Abbie's mother lived. | Source: Pexels


"You?" Kimberly asked, trembling. "Oh my god! It's you! I - I didn't expect to see you ever again!"

Sarah was stunned. "You look so much like me… I don't get it… How is that even possible?"

The old woman began to cry. "That's because I'm your mother, dear... Oh, I can't believe this!"

Sarah felt disoriented at the woman's claim. "Mother? What nonsense! You - you can't—"

"I don't blame you, honey," she said softly. "You were a baby back then – a small baby, my baby. I was 15 when I had you and your twin sister Abbie. My parents were religious, and they were opposed to my early pregnancy. My boyfriend wouldn't support me back then too, and I was so depressed after that, that I wanted to terminate my pregnancy. But by the time I made up my mind about that, it was too late. 


"Because I couldn't raise two children, I gave one to a wealthy couple at the hospital where I gave birth. They were interested in adopting, but they only wanted one child. Then I moved abroad with Abbie and raised her on my own because I didn't want to live with my parents again. But then I aged and couldn't work any longer, so I returned here..."

Kimberly revealed she was Sarah's bio mom. | Source: Pexels


"That means the woman's grave... the one I just saw...was my sister's grave? I - I can't believe this!" cried Sarah.

"You were at the cemetery? Oh, that poor girl! Her husband kicked her out and brought another woman home. Then she moved in with me. Her daughter is beautiful. Her name is Ava. My poor girl...she was so happy with her baby....but she was so sad, so depressed inside. That ate her. All that sadness took away my Abbie, and then Ava was placed in an orphanage because I could no longer care for her on my own."

"I still can't believe all this!" complained Sarah. "I can't believe my parents kept it from me for so long!"


"They gave you love, Sarah. You should be grateful to them."

"Oh, I'm not... I don't know what to say.." Sarah burst into tears. 

Kimberly threw her arms around her and consoled her. "God puts each one to the test in their own unique way, Sarah. I regret what I did, but I didn't have a choice. And you should be grateful to the people who took you in and raised you with love."

Sarah was hurt after learning the whole truth. | Source: Pexels


Sarah was hurt. She was extremely hurt. But Kimberly made sense. What happened was a thing of the past, and there was no point in dwelling over it. So, in the end, Sarah forgave Kimberly. She also spoke to her parents about it, and they apologized for hiding the truth from her all these years.

She eventually forgave them, but before returning to Brooklyn, she made sure of two things — that Kimberly would fly with her to Boston and no longer live an impoverished life, and she and Aiden would adopt Ava.

Sarah stayed in her hometown for longer than she'd expected, and Aiden joined her there. The two adopted Ava, and a year later, they welcomed three more girls – a set of triplets. Sarah's adoptive parents and Kimberly were elated to be a big happy family with four beautiful granddaughters.


What can we learn from this story?

  • Don't keep the truth from your family. If Sarah's parents had told her the truth, she could have helped Kimberly as well as Abbie much earlier. 
  • Being compassionate and understanding never hurts. Sarah understood Kimberly abandoned her out of compulsion and forgave her.
  • All's well that ends well. Sarah's decision to forgive Kimberly and her adoptive parents resulted in them becoming a large happy family.

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