Erin Solari has shared this video of her grandparents sharing a wonderfully touching moment in the final days of her grandmother’s life.
Howard, 92, from Sarasota in Florida, sings "their love song", "You’ll Never Know" by Rosemary Clooney, to Laura, 93 as she lies in her hospice bed. Erin writes that the song is particularly special to the pair as it used to comfort Laura while Howard was away fighting 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.
"Sadly, Grandma is now too weak to sing, but that doesn’t stop her from saying the words to him (see at 1:00). Howard then takes over for her and sings the rest of the song to her while stroking her face."
Laura who has macular degeneration and cannot see, heard Howard enter the room and asked if she could hold him.
Erin says that "Grandpa cannot stand on his own, but he immediately pulled his wheelchair close to her bed ready to make it happen".
The video first went viral on Facebook and Erin says that the outpouring of love and support was a boost to them all - even her grandmother who was allowed to go home to live out her final 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."
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