A touching photo of an elderly man eating alone at his granddaughter’s wedding has touched hearts across the globe, as it emerged that the widower was sharing a tender moment with his late wife.
Sahrah Elswick, from West Virginia, US, tweeted two images of her grandfather sitting in front of a white rocking chair, set up as a memorial for departed family members, on social media over the weekend.
The chair was decorated with photos of loved ones and a sign which read, “We know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away”.
She captioned the post: “Pawpaw sat and ate with mawmaw today at my wedding.”
The heartbreaking post received a flurry of likes and comments from internet users, with many commenting how “touching” it was.
“I loved your tribute to your grandparents. This is what marriage truly is. You stay together through thick and thin,” one commentator wrote.
Another added: “This is so touching. They must have had a deep love [for] each other. All of us would be blessed to have the same.”
And a third wrote: “I hope he’s doing good. Missing his wife after all those years has to be hard.”
Meanwhile, another user dubber her grandfather “the greatest man alive”.
The moving post has since been retweeted nearly 20,000 times.
Sahrah told Best Life her late grandmother, Barbara, and her 71-year-old grandfather, Billy Gray, had been together for 45 years before she passed away in May 2017 from colon cancer.
“He thought she was the most beautiful woman and asked her what her name was and he says the rest is history,” she told the online publication.
“I had to have a guest at my wedding get a picture because I completely broke down when I saw what he was doing. It was the most pure thing I have ever seen and it completely broke my heart.
“Everyone seems to be so touched by his small act of love, it warms my heart. Everyone deserves someone who would do the same thing as my grandfather did without looking for any sort of attention.”
It comes after Aussie gran Michelle Bourke, 59, revealed she created a life-size cardboard cut-out of her husband Paul after he died in May 2016 following a long battle with cancer, and now takes it with her whenever she travels abroad – even posing for photos with it in front of some of the world’s most famous landmarks.