Footage shows the touching moment that a 92-year-old man, Howard, serenades his dying 93-year-old wife, Laura, with a love song. The demonstration of “hear-melting” love between the couple is being cited as evidence that romance does not have to fade with age and that it could last a lifetime between a couple truly in love.
The video, captured on phone camera by the couple’s granddaughter, Erin Solari, shows Howard singing to his wife a version of the popular 1940s love song “You’ll Never Know,” recorded by Rosemary Clooney and Harry James in 1952.
Laura says to her husband, “Love you… always have.” She tells him to be well-behaved when she is gone, and with tears in his eyes, Howard serenades his wife lying on a bed at a hospice facility.
Their granddaughter was so deeply touched by the display of loving commitment between her nonagenarian grandparents that she shared the tender moment between the lovers by uploading the video to Facebook on September 12, and later to YouTube.
The video has since been viewed more than four million times.
According to Solari, Howard’s choice of “You’ll Never Know” was not incidental. The song had always been the couple’s favorite. Laura used to comfort herself with the song when her husband went away to World War II in Europe.
The couple often performed the song at family events, each singing a verse to serenade the other. They also sang the song before the entire family during the 50th anniversary of their wedding.
But on this occasion, Laura was too weak to sing. The video shows her saying a few words of the lyrics and Howard serenades his wife with the whole song.
Solari commented on YouTube that when her grandmother, who is mostly blind, was told that her husband had entered the room she asked to hold him.
“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,” she writes.
Howard, who is unable to stand and walk on his own, and has lost most of his hearing, was wheeled to the side of his wife’s bed. A member of the family helped him to his feet and held him as he sang to his wife.
The photo below shows the tender moment Howard kisses his wife. And although Laura is unable to see, she looks straight into Howard’s eyes.
Howard caresses his wife’s face with tears in his eyes as he sings, “You’ll never know just how much I miss you. You’ll never know just how much I care.”
“You’ll never know just how much I miss you. You’ll never know just how much I care.”
“My cousin, Serena, who is a physical therapist, helped him to his feet and held him up throughout the entire song. You might notice above her bed there is a sign that says, ‘Patient Blind.’ That is because she has macular degeneration, so she cannot see much of anything but shadows and light,” Solari writes.
Solari said that after she posted the video to Facebook, the hospice allowed Laura to return home “to live out her remaining few days” under the care of hospice caregivers.
At the time Solari posted the message, her grandmother was “resting peacefully at home.”
Laura — who is suffering from dementia — and Howard have nine children and 18 grandchildren, according to ABC News.
When Laura was told that the video has gone viral with more than four million views, she quipped, “I told you Howard that I’d make you famous.”
[Images: YouTube/Erin Solari]