Woman shares video of her grandfather serenading her dying grandmother
Erin Solari was visiting her grandmother in hospice care when she caught a beautiful moment between her grandparents. Ninety-three-year-old Laura has been married to Howard, 92, for 73 years. “Grandma is at a hospice facility making peace with her final days,” Solari wrote under the video she shared. “I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them.
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,” Solari explains. “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.”
“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 says of the heartbreaking moment. “My cousin, Serena, who is a physical therapist, helped him to his feet and held him up throughout the entire song.”
Laura was blind from macular degeneration and Howard was deaf. That does not stop them from connecting and staring deep into each other’s eyes.
When the video was posted to Facebook last year, it began to go viral. The love the family received from everyone who saw the video lifted everyone’s spirits — including Laura’s. She was originally given a week to live, “but hospice eventually deemed her well enough to go back home to live out her remaining days.”
Reposting now because, who doesn’t need a good love story?