Losing someone can be tough and many people struggle with the grieving process when it comes to the death of a loved one. A touching video of a grandmother receiving a toy bear which contained a recording of her late husband’s voice has left the internet in tears.
For Elaine Galloway, she was having a particularly difficult time coming to terms with the loss of her husband Archie, who sadly died three years ago. While some people choose to look through old photos or watch holiday footage to keep the memory alive, one of Elaine’s grandkids decided to surprise her with a touching gift from beyond the grave. Chloe Boyle from West Lothian, Scotland, presented her grandmother with a Build-A-Bear that spoke with the voice her granddad.
As you may already be aware, Build-A-Bears are custom-made teddies that can be dressed and personalised in an array of different ways. Typically found in shopping centres and toy stores, the factories allow customers to pick a style for their soft animal, dress them and even include a voice recording.
The granddaughter posted the heartwarming video to Twitter on Wednesday and wrote: “Got my gran a build-a-bear with my papas voice in it for their anniversary, so special grandparents mean the absolute world [SIC].”
In heart-warming footage, Elaine can be seen crying in disbelief as she squeezed her new bear and heard the voice of her beloved husband. As she opened the box, her granddaughter could be heard telling her to press the bear’s hand.
“Hello my darling, I love you darling,” the bear said in her husband’s voice.
The video has since been viewed over 300,000 times, with many commentators praising the granddaughter for her thoughtful gift.
“That’s such a beautiful thing to do,” one commentator wrote. “Brought tears to my eyes.” one commentator wrote.
Another added: “Oh my gosh! I’m the one who had the pleasure of making this bear for her! I’m so glad she loves it. Very emotional.”
And a third wrote: “Wow tears running down my face. Very thoughtful very sweet thing to do.”
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time a stuffed animal has been used to preserve the memory of a loved one.
Earlier this year, a woman surprised her friend with a Build-A-Bear equipped with the voice of her late grandmother who died suddenly at the age of 73. Similar to Elaine, this young girl’s reaction was priceless.