Alyson Peters was standing at the spot where her daughter died when she received a message from beyond the grave.
As WBAY reports, Peters’ daughter, Kenzie Leeman, was killed on February 26 when the car she was driving slid off an overpass during a snowstorm. The 17-year-old from Neenah, Wisconsin had been on her way home from her part-time job as a nursing assistant.
Peters told WBAY that it was crushing to see her daughter’s dreams end just months before graduation:
“She was one of the most amazing people that I think ever walked the face of the earth.”
Days after her daughter’s death, Peters had gone to the spot where the accident occurred to visit the Leeman’s roadside memorial. That’s when she got a text message with a message from her daughter.
“They sent me a picture of a door, and it was crazy. It was Kenzie’s old door from her old room,” she told WBAY.
In erasable marker, Leeman had written on the door, “Someday you will look back and know exactly why this had to happen to you.”
About a year earlier, Leeman and her family moved and sold their old home. After Leeman’s car accident, an old neighbor was visiting the home’s new owner and saw the door. Knowing that it had been Leeman’s room, they reached out to Peters to show the grieving mom her daughter’s message.
Peters told WBAY that seeing those words from her daughter helped bring her out of the cloud of despair that had enveloped her:
“At that point in time I was a zombie, and it was almost like it just snapped me right out of it. Because, I mean, how in the world can that happen that I’m sitting right there and I get this quote from my daughter? It was like she was speaking to me.”
After getting the photo of her daughter’s door, Peters had to see it in person. She told WBAY:
“We called the lady that bought the house and asked if we could go over, and so she allowed us go over to the house. and I laid on the floor and cried.”
The owner even let Peters take the door home with her. The mom plans to use it in a memorial for her daughter.
Peters says that seeing the quote from her daughter has helped her deal with her grief:
“I don’t know if it was a premonition or what it was, but it’s certainly helping us get through this time. Because we don’t know why, but apparently she knows.”
The family has set up a scholarship fund for students who enroll in the nursing program her daughter was planning to attend. On the scholarship’s fundraising page, Peters had one last plea to her daughter, who had developed a passion for medicine after going through a bout of depression:
“I helped you through the worst time in your life. Please help me through the worst time in mine.”