Good News Fans are still contributing!

Raised: $4,979 from $3,500 Goal

Your membership helps pay for a new Website
- Due in April!

Dad Texts His Late Son's Phone, Gets the Perfect Reply

Inspired - General

April Bell-text message iPhone

Out of the blue, in a country town along the Murry River in Victoria, Australia, Kaylene Bell's daughter received a mournful text Saturday morning that read, "Love you bud -miss you more than words can say."

The 15-year-old replied, asking, "Who is this?"

A text pinged back saying 'sorry', explaining that it was his son's old phone number and that he had passed away in 2009. "I didn't think his number was being used."

 text message for April

"Oh no, don't be sorry," she replied. "I'm sorry to hear that."

"God Bless and hope you have a good Australia Day!"

Kaylene said the man rang to apologize and, "said he was sorry if he scared her, but sometimes it just helps him cope."

The encounter brought relief to the man, who decided it was a special omen that his son passed in the month of April, which also turned out to be the girl's name.

"I am so PROUD of my April for being a teenager with a thoughtful beautiful heart," said Bell, who also called it uncanny that her daughter was born in April, too. "I told her she has helped to heal a stranger's heart, using such wise and kind words."

The man, whose son Troy was 30 years old, told April she had a very special number.

She now wants to keep it forever.

Please register and/or log-in to post comment.


Click to receive our FREE Newsletter: The Top 10 Good News of the Week delivered by email !

Subscribe to GNN

Do Your Part

Share Your Instagram Photos With #goodnewsnetwork


RSS Feed

Add GNN to your favorite
newsfeed reader!

(includes myYahoo and Google)

Subscribe to GNN newsfeed!



As a parent, small business owner, and citizen I congratulate you on having such a wonderful website. It lifts my heart, gives me courage, and renews my belief in ALL humankind when I read the stories you highlight. I tell everyone I meet about your wonderful and noble quest.
- Amy Dobronyi, Colorado

- via email
View all