Hyong Yi is a heartbroken husband who’s just had the toughest year of his life.

In November 2014, his wife Catherine passed away from ovarian cancer.

“I really would’ve liked to have stayed in bed for an entire year,” Hyong says. But he had to keep on going for the sake of their two children.



On the anniversary of Catherine’s death this year, Hyong decided to use this day to celebrate her memory.

Hyong and his children walked the streets of Charlotte in North Carolina and handed out 100 love notes to strangers.



These notes contained a timeline of their life together, including Catherine’s battle with cancer and conversations Hyong imagined they had after her death.

You can read all of the 100 love notes on 100LoveNotes.com.

Hyong encouraged the strangers to write notes onto their loved ones also, giving them all a blank card to do so.



“What I wouldn’t give to have one more minute, even a minute, to talk, hold hands with Catherine,” Hyong says. “I want people to take a minute and reflect on that and take time to acknowledge those important in your life.”

The Internet also reacted and the hash tag #100LoveNotes has been shared with love notes written all around the world.

“When I did this, it was not planned as a campaign or a mass movement. I didn’t start this thinking, ‘what can I do to be a viral sensation?’ I did this to honor a woman,” Hyong says.

What an amazing way that Hyong has honored his wife Catherine and he is also helping others by reminding them to reflect on their loved ones in a world where we are constantly rushing and take things for granted.

I am off to write some #100LoveNotes to my dearest, lets keep this heart warming campaign moving and share the love.

Who will you write some love notes to? SHARE WITH US in the comments below. 

Photo credits: Lindsay Hart



  • What a wonderful way to remember his wife and also get other people to do some special simple things for there own family Never let anyone you love leave the house without telling them you LOVE THEM Every day.


  • A very brave Husband and Dad. It is so difficuIt when you know you can do nothing other that love and support your loved one with a terminal illness. It would have been heartbreaking witnessing him handing out the Love Notes yet joyful knowing it is making people aware that they need to tell their family how much they love them every day, not just take it for granted and expect others to do the same.


  • This is such a beautiful story.


  • What a amazing thing to do, I love giving love notes to all in my life


  • that is a great message. what a lovely way to remember and honour his wife


  • This is so touching and lovely. What a great man. I think we do need to remember not to take our loved ones for granted.

    • Indeed! We should never ever take our love ones for granted.


  • What a lovely tribute. I will write love letters to my hubby, son, nieces, Mum, friends. I do send them postcards or notes every now and then, but need to be more thankful.


  • This is beautiful and what way to honor his wife for this man & his children ! Bless them !!
    We do quite a bit of love notes in our home. My kids write sometimes the most wonderful messages and then of course we write back. And so it goes back and forward to each other. It always makes my day to receive and to write such a note :)


  • Heartfelt sympathy for his loss and being able to share his love is humbling and beautiful.


  • oh my god what a most wonderful man, he loved his wife so much… I truly hope that he and his children find peace and can learn to find some kind of inner peace


  • How beautiful. I would write to my whole family


  • This is so beautiful….. Brought a tear to my eye.


  • Beautiful! With so many people losing people so important to them via tragedy and disease I think I will hug my husband and daughter a lot harder tonight. I might even break out the post-it-notes and leave some love notes around for my hubby – Bless :)


  • Am in tears as I write this – but what a lovely touching thing to do and the children also honour their mum.


  • I literally cried. No doubt we take each other for granted and in busy lives we need to take every little chance to express the love ❤


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