Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014

Grandmother’s ‘Secret Code’ on death bed translated to reveal The Lord’s Prayer, religious praise

For nearly twenty years a family was unable to decode a message left by their grandmother during her final months as she lost her battle with cancer.

Grandmother message Lords prayer death bed secret codeThe Blaze chronicled the accounts posted on Ask Metafilter titled, “Decoding cancer-addled ramblings,” user JannaK wrote:

“My grandmother passed away in 1996 of a fast-spreading cancer. She was non-communicative her last two weeks, but in that time, she left at least 20 index cards with scribbled letters on them. My cousins and I were between 8-10 years old at the time, and believed she was leaving us a code. We puzzled over them for a few months trying substitution ciphers, and didn’t get anywhere.”

Within minutes the connection to the Lord’s Prayer was made.

User harperpitt asked the woman if her grandmother was a religious woman and speculating that the messages may be some kind of prayers:

“Was she a religious woman? The last As, as well as the AAA combo, make me think of “Amen, amen, amen.” So extrapolating — TYAGF = “Thank you Almighty God for…”

“It would make sense to end with “Thank you, Almighty God, for everything, Amen – Thank you, Almighty God, for everything, Amen, Amen, Amen.”

They then quickly recognized the Lord’s Prayer:

“AGH, YES! Sorry for the double post, but:


Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name… etc etc etc”

While there is much more to be decoded, it was the start JannaK needed.

“Holy cow! 14 minutes to solve the back of the card that has been bugging my family for 20 years! That is amazing!” she replied.

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