100 Year-Old Man Refuses To Let Go Of His Wife During Her Final Hours.
As of 2012, the average life expectancy in the United States is 78 years old and we already know that the number of marriages that end in divorce is between 40 and 50 percent.
So, what are the chances of you living up to 96, or even 100, and holding the one you love, the one that you have been married to for decades, as they pass away? You can do the math but it's probably somewhere around zero point very rare.
A month ago, a reddit user by the name of RealLiveGirl posted a photo of their grandfather, 100, holding hands with their grandmother, 96, just before her death. They have been married for 77 years, which is longer than some of us will live.
Before even seeing the photo, the description probably reignited the embers of your cold, cold heart. You can find the photo as well as some personal, heartfelt, and critical responses from other reddit users below.
Married for 77 Years
'My Grandma, 96, with my Grandpa, 100, hours before her death this weekend. 77 years of marriage.' -RealLiveGirl
If you thought of this scene from the film Titanic, you weren't the only one! Continue reading for emotional responses found on reddit.
Paramount Pictures / 20th Century Fox
A Reminder of Your Own Loving Grandparents
'This hit deep for me,' user hammerw wrote. 'My grandparents raised me and continue to allow me to live with them. They're both 74, 5 hours apart in birth, and have been together since 16.'
'My grandfather's mortality has been really hitting him mentally lately. Me leaving for college next weekend is going to feel conflicting for the first little while I think. I would be on the street without them.'
'Sending love and care to you, your grandfather, and your family OP <3 this is a memorable photo.'
A 'Great' Way To Go
One user sympathized but said what we were all thinking: 'Sorry for your loss. But what a 'great' way to go. Holding hands with your spouse, in a warm bed, presumably with loved ones around. Sympathy to your Grandfather who lost his lifelong wife. God bless all around.'
Excited to Start Their Own Marriage
One young man excitedly wrote, 'I was thinking about proposing to my Girlfriend in a year and a half but now I don't think I can wait that long.'
Others warned him not to rush it and to wait until it felt right.
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