Sammy Nickalls
September 22, 2015 5:46 am

True love lasts a lifetime and beyond. That’s what Erin Solari‘s grandparents, Howard and Laura, have taught us in an absolutely heartbreaking, beautiful video that Erin posted on Sunday.

Laura and Howard have been married 73 years, but tragically, their time together is coming to an end. Laura, 93, is ill and nearing her final days. “I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them,” Erin wrote on YouTube. “Howard. . . is singing to her their love song, the song that comforted her when he went away to fight in World War II.”

As Laura lays in the hospital bed, weak and tired, Howard, 92, sings to comfort her, stroking her face. She can’t see him because of macular degeneration, but she still gazes at him — and he’s lost his hearing, but that doesn’t stop him from singing to his love.

The song is “You’ll Never Know,” performed by Rosemary Clooney with Harry James. “Our family prefers this version because everyone always said Grandma had a voice just like Rosemary Clooney,” Erin explained. At family gatherings, the pair would often sing their song together, taking turns with verses to serenade the other. “In fact, after fifty years of marriage, they renewed their vows and performed this song as a duet for the entire family at the reception,” Erin continued.

These two wouldn’t let a single physical barrier keep them from being together, says Erin. “Moments before this video began, when Grandma heard that Grandpa was in the room, she asked if she could hold him,” she wrote. “Grandpa cannot stand on his own, but he immediately pulled his wheelchair close to her bed ready to make it happen. My cousin, Serena, who is a physical therapist, helped him to his feet and held him up throughout the entire song.”

Laura is currently out of the hospital in hospice. “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,” Erin said.

The love these two have for each other is so strong and pure, and it’s so clear that what they share is beyond any other force in this world. Our hearts are with Laura, Howard, and their loved ones during this difficult time. Watch the video, and be prepared to feel every single feeling there is to feel.

(Image via YouTube)

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