In our facility there was a man and woman who have lived there for years. They were the sweetest couple...both in their 80's...and had come to fall in love.
It was the cutest thing to see them each day, sitting in the courtyard, eating lunch together or going to crafts. They were literally inseparable from morning till night.
Last week, the woman told the man that she knew her time had come. She said that she could see angels above them and questioned why he couldn't.
Sure enough, she was right. Five days later, he sat by her side as she took her last breath. We were all heartbroken and began to worry how he would go on without her.
Later in the day, I went to ask how he was. He lowered his head and said, "I held her hand and she looked at me. She looked right at me until she stopped breathing. She told me a couple days before that she knew she had to go, but it was alright, because the angels were there. Then she said that she would wait for me and be the first one to greet me when it was my time. The last thing she told me was to kiss her picture every night before I went to bed...and she would get my kiss in heaven. Then she would come down and kiss me back while I slept."
It hit me hard and reminded me again of how life and death can be a horrible and beautiful thing. It's hard to be surrounded by it so frequently.
It gives me a unique perspective though and for that, I'm grateful.
The couple got to have a love so strong which was nothing less than amazing to see. It was as though they had waited their whole lives to find each other.
He'll smile and say now, that he just has to wait a little longer until they can be together again.
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