In a world where
marriages take seconds to break (despite reading No
More Fighting: The Relationship Book for Couples: 20 Minutes a Week to a
Stronger Relationship), this couple survived a loving relationship for 62
years until death forced them apart.
John Wilson was 93
years and his wife Marjorie was 88 when they both said goodbye to one another.
In May, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was already admitted to
the hospital. When Marjorie was discharged, the hospital staff realized that
she would be sent back to a nursing home and would probably never see him again.
Hence, as a gesture of kindness, the nurse put them next to one another in the
hospital so that they could get a chance to properly say goodbye to one
The staff was kind
enough to let the two have a moment together.
The elderly couple held
each other’s hand for ten minutes meanwhile the sister caught the moment in the camera as she realized that the family might want it as a memory.
Wilson died on June 15th.
To thank the hospital staff
for their kind gesture, their son Kurt Wilson sent a note of gratitude. He was
happy that his dad was able to die peacefully – just like he wanted.
He said: “I’d like to say a special thank you
to sister Emma, who had the foresight to take a photo of mum and dad together
for the last time. Again, words are not enough to express my gratitude to you
Image Source – Google | Image by Zoe Drewett
Ward sister Emma said: “I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be
married to someone for more than 60 years and know that you’re never going to
see them again. The picture had everyone crying
when they saw it – it was very emotional and powerful. To hear how happy the
family were after receiving this picture has really impacted us all and the
letter that they sent was so lovely. The whole reason you become a nurse is to
care for people and to have moments like this. To now know that Mr Wilson’s son
will have; not only this photo, but also the knowledge that his father saw his
mother for a final time, will remain a significant memory for me. I like to
treat all patients as if they were my family and I know that I would be
extremely humbled knowing someone had done that for a relative of mine.”