A heartbreaking video (embedded above) showing a 92-year-old grandpa singing a serenade to his 93-year-old wife of 73 years is catching the attention of users across the globe, ABC News reports. The touching video captured by their granddaughter Erin Solari was initially uploaded to Facebook where it received well over a million views. The video has now been uploaded to YouTube as well.
In the video, the grandpa, 92-year-old Howard Serena, is seen singing “You’ll Never Know” by Rosemary Clooney and Harry James to his 93-year-old wife Laura. Even 73-years after marriage, you will be clearly able to see the bond they share. This video was captured on September 12 in a hospice where Laura was admitted to spend her last days.
The most striking thing about the video is the fact that Laura was still able to recall some lines of the song even though she suffers from dementia. She also clearly remembers her husband and is confident of the fact that he still loves him. The grandpa, Howard, is himself wheelchair-bound and in the video, he is helped by others in the room to stand up and sing to his love. Also notice the sign that reads “Patient blind.” This is because Laura suffers from macular degeneration which has left her with little or no eyesight. That, however, doesn’t stop her from looking into grandpa’s eyes. Howard himself suffers from a hearing problem and you can see others telling him what grandma told him in her weak voice.
In the description of the video uploaded to YouTube Erin talks about her grandparents.
“My grandparents Laura and Howard have been married 73 years. In this video Howard is 92 and Laura is 93. Laura (Grandma) is at a hospice facility making peace with her final days. I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them.”
She goes on to add that this song is the couple’s love song,which Laura used to listen to when Howard was away during World War II. The couple also used to sing this song together – each taking a verse and serenading the other, during family gatherings. In fact, on their 50th wedding anniversary, they sang the same song in a ceremony where they renewed their vows.
“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.”
The most amazing thing about the video is the fact that after meeting with her husband, Laura’s condition improved and she was deemed fit enough to return home and live out her last few days surrounded by her loved ones.
“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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[Image Via YouTube Screengrab]