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Funmi Afolarin’s Powerful Letter To Her Husband On His Posthumous 40th Birthday


No one deserves to lose a loved one, especially at the prime of their life, but who are we to question the creator when it happens?

Funmi Afolarin, a mother of three wrote a tribute to her late husband, Muyiwa, who would have been celebrating his 40th birthday on November 29th, 2017, but died two years before.

To celebrate him, Funmi had him photoshopped into the family pictures, with a note about his death and how she and the children have been faring without him.

She wrote:


I remember waking you up that Monday morning to share with you the dream I just had about you passing on. I remember being upset with you that we did not pray long enough to reject the dream from becoming a reality. I remember you telling me it’s not the length of a prayer that determines whether our FATHER will answer. I remember your calmness amidst my worry.

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I remember getting the call few hours later that morning. I remember sitting by your side around 11am with oxygen tank and drips attached to you. I remember you telling me that you came back momentarily to tell me to let you go because your time was up. I remember being too shocked to cry and I am yet to cry the way the world expects.

I remember that Monday morning was not the most prophetic and exciting way to start the week. I remember the criticisms, feedbacks, rebukes and advice I received all because I didn’t cry or react the way normal people react when things like this happen.

I remember the counsels of psychoanalysts, the admonitions of psychologists, the analysis of psychiatrists, and the gossips & gists of every other unqualified ‘gists’. But all the talk was said either because they didn’t know you the way I did or they didn’t understand this perspective of the God we serve.

You’ve been gone 996 days (not that I’ve been counting). You passed the torch to me with 3 angels to care for. Your departure gave me enough reasons to ask HIM why HE took you so soon yet I’ve refused to ask HIM those dreaded-but-well-deserved questions that start with WHY… You’ve been gone but yet I’ve been comforted knowing very well you’re in HEAVEN.

Since you’ve been gone, my relationship with the FATHER has gotten to another level for good. Since you’ve been gone, my understanding of your unconditional LOVE has been clearer. Since you’ve been gone, my definition of WORSHIP has been redefined.

Since you’ve been gone, the revelation of what Mary felt when her firstborn was being crucified…. Forgive me, let me get a tissue, I’m getting a little emotional here. Since you’ve been gone, my LOVE for you has grown exponentially.

Sometimes your youngest son, Murewa, asks after his dad and I don’t know what to tell him. Sometimes your firstborn, Fiiresayemi, says he can’t remember your voice anymore and I try to play our wedding video for him. Sometimes your only daughter, Foyinsayemi, just wants to go for a walk down the street to buy groceries with her father but I’m left to be your representative.

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Though it’s been 2 years, 8 months, and 10 days (really, I’m not counting) you’ve been on your vacation, I remember today – November 29, 2017 – as the day you would have turned 40 years old. I had planned this day years ago and never envisaged I would witness it in your absence, but then again you’re still present.

I would have almost given up, had God not sent an enigmatic photographer my way to celebrate our family in pictures. The ONE that told me He had a hand in all that happened also told me your LIFE WAS A SEED that needed to die so that many will come to the consciousness of HEAVEN.

My prayer is that many will be encouraged to remain in the KINGDOM of this FATHER that makes all things work together for the good of them that love and seek him. My prayer is that many who have lost loved ones will find un-explainable comfort and undeniable peace like I found in the arms of the one I call OLUTUNU.

My prayer is that many that see these HEAVENLY pictures that we took together will be reminded of the FACT that there is a place of peace, rest, and joy where those that pass on (I still don’t believe you’re DEAD) abide if they had a relationship with JESUS on this side of eternity.

As you celebrate your 40th birthday in HEAVEN and as we remember today the time you spent with us in years past, may God use these pictures and the blessed memory of you to heal the millions of hearts that see this.

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Like the un-removable birthmark we all have on our bodies, the memory of YOU & the God we serve will forever be engraved on our hearts. With TEARS in my eyes and joy in my heart, knowing very well that you’re reading this, I want you to know from the depths of my being that I LOVE YOU…. I ALWAYS HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL

Happy Birthday SWEETHEART. Keep resting in the bosom of your LORD.

Eternally Yours,
Your Beautiful Wife,
Funmi Afolarin

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  1. Joan Odiaka

    Joan Odiaka

    December 12, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Oh my God! I feel like crying.

  2. Olusola Oletubo

    Olusola Oletubo

    December 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    It is well, God will console us all

  3. Funmi Idiat Salisu

    Funmi Idiat Salisu

    December 13, 2017 at 12:01 am

    So touching… May God console you.It’s well with you dearie

  4. Habeebat Oluwaseun

    Habeebat Oluwaseun

    December 13, 2017 at 7:57 am

    May God console you

  5. Evangel Oby Ornguga

    Evangel Oby Ornguga

    December 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    its well

  6. Foluke Onanuga

    Foluke Onanuga

    December 13, 2017 at 9:38 am


  7. Stella Oby

    Stella Oby

    December 13, 2017 at 10:25 am

    God knows about it…we all have our bitter stories too..but God’s Love supersedes all our trials.. Take heart dear

  8. Mavis Uche

    Mavis Uche

    December 13, 2017 at 10:40 am

    God will step into your situation

  9. Isharqqu Ruqqayat Binta

    Isharqqu Ruqqayat Binta

    December 13, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Oh Ya’Allah cnt control ma tears… May jannatul firdausi b ur final abode Ameen. Rest on in bossom of our God…
    Madam tke hrt may God giv d strong mind to bear dix bcs itz nt easy…..

  10. Olaronke Olawale

    Olaronke Olawale

    December 13, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    It is well with your soul…

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