(WSMV) -- Anyone who's lost a loved one knows there are countless moments when all you want is another chance to speak to them again.
One young Tennessee girl wanted to reach out to her great-grandma, so she did it with a balloon.
"I really do miss her, because she was my favoritest grandmother ever," said Bella Hosford, of Chapel Hill.
Bella lost her great-grandmother when Minnie Sue Watts died in August 2012.
"The last day I got to see her, it was a really special day to me, because I knew that she was going to go to Heaven," Bella said. "Whenever I hugged her, the last thing she ever said to me was, 'I love you, Bella.'"
A year later, the 8-year-old girl had an idea to say goodbye: a simple note tied to a balloon and sent into the summer sky.
"Tell Mawmaw I love her," the note said.
Months passed, and life moved on.
And on Monday, came a surprise. Bella got a response when a small box appeared in the family's mail.
-- Josh DeVine reports