Pass the tissues. An emotional new video of a 92-year-old man serenading his dying wife with the 1943 love song "You'll Never Know" has gone viral after the couple's granddaughter shared the touching moment via Facebook, then YouTube.
"My grandparents Laura and Howard have been married 73 years," the granddaughter, Erin Solari, wrote in the caption of the video. Solari explained how her grandmother, Laura, was in a hospice facility, rapidly approaching her last days on earth. The clip begins with Solari's grandfather, Howard, gently stroking his wife's face as the two lovingly gaze into each other's eyes.
"I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them," Solari wrote. "Howard (Grandpa) is singing to her their love song, the song that comforted her when he went away to fight in World War II. At family gatherings, it was not uncommon for the two of them to sing this song together, each taking a verse and serenading the other. In fact, after fifty years of marriage, they renewed their vows and performed this song as a duet for the entire family at the reception."
Solari noted that her grandmother, 93, was too weak to sing, though she fought to say the words to him. As evidenced in the video, Howard then takes over and sings the remainder of the song to his wife.
The backstory, shared by Solari, was even more emotional. "Moments before this video began, when Grandma heard that Grandpa was in the room, she asked if she could hold him. Grandpa cannot stand on his own, but he immediately pulled his wheelchair close to her bed ready to make it happen," Solari wrote. "My cousin, Serena, who is a physical therapist, helped him to his feet and held him up throughout the entire song. You might notice above her bed there is a sign that says, 'Patient Blind.' That is because she has macular degeneration, so she cannot see much of anything but shadows and light. That doesn’t stop her from looking deep into her love’s eyes. Grandpa, on the other hand, has lost most of his hearing, so you’ll notice us repeating things for him since Grandma is to weak to raise her voice."
Solari, who initially posted the video on Facebook, wanted to share the moment via YouTube after receiving feedback from friends, family members, and community members. "It began to go viral and all the outpouring of love lifted everyone's spirits… including Grandma's!" Solari wrote. "They originally gave her just a week to live, but hospice eventually deemed her well enough to go back home to live out her remaining few days. As of this posting my beautiful Grandma Laura Virginia is still with us resting peacefully at home. Our family along with the wonderful people from hospice are taking care of her and making sure she remains as pain-free and comfortable as possible while she prepares for her nearing departure. We all thank you so much for the love and kind words."
Watch the beautiful moment of the couple above.
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