A US hairstylist has shared a beautiful letter written to her by a widower thanking her for making his wife's last haircut one he'll always remember.
In the letter, the anonymous writer told Ilinois hairdresser Sara Verkuilen that writing the note was "a little bit awkward" but he'd waited "a long time" to pass on his gratitude.
"My wife and I came in for haircuts shortly before Christmas of last year," he wrote.
"My wife was suffering from dementia and you treated her as if you'd been working with dementia patients all your life. You let us sit next to each other and when it came time for her cut you turned her chair towards me so I could watch her expression as you cut her hair.
"It turned out even better than I thought it would."
The widower said his wife had sadly died in Mach, but that haircut was "one of the last, best moments of her life".
"She felt so pretty. She visited the mirror in her bathroom several times during the day and would come out beaming," he said.
"To see her so happy was priceless."
The man finished the note by adding he hoped Verkuilen would "always realise the power of your profession".
Verkuilen shared a photo of the letter to her Instagram page, where it's garnered over 8000 likes.
"This is why I do what I do," she captioned the post
The image has attracted many comments from people writing that the note touched their hearts.
"This is so beautiful. As a hairdresser, I can understand. Not only do we cut hair, [we] talk about personal things with our clients. The smallest gestures will make someone's day," wrote one fellow hairdresser.
"People just don't realise the impact they can have on someone... you just never know someone's situation," added another commenter.
"It's a good reminder that we all touch each other's lives without ever really realising it," another pointed out. "Thank you for sharing this."