RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) The last seven weeks — the weeks since Michelle Rosoff’s 17-year-old daughter Rachel was killed in a lifeguarding mishap — have been the hardest of her life, she said.
“The thought of not knowing what she is going to be when she grows up is really hard,” Michelle Rosoff said.
Michelle Rosoff was always close with her eldest daughter, she said, but she’s actually grown closer since her daughter’s death.
“I got to read a lot of things in her mind that she never told me,” Michelle Rosoff said.
Rachel Rosoff wanted to be a writer, and since her death, her mom has found dozens of letters, notes, poems, even posts on social media, that have become everyday reminders of the person her daughter was.
“I feel like these things were written for me to find to help me get through,” she said.
Delving into her daughter’s private thoughts and confessions has given Michelle Rosoff strength and only made her prouder of her daughter, she said.
Reminders and pictures of Rachel Rosoff are everywhere throughout the house, and Michelle Rosoff said that’s how she wants it.
She says finding the writings has been a huge help, but she’ll never be whole again without her daughter.
“I miss her I miss her so much every day, but I’m so proud of her, and I feel really lucky that me and her dad got to have her for 17 years,” she said.