After losing her husband to cancer, a widow receives a gift from her children to help remember her husband forever

December 15, 2017 2:09 pm Last Updated: December 15, 2017 2:09 pm

After years of marriage, holy union becomes more about companionship than burning desire. Partners look upon each other and see all of the highs and lows they navigated with the other in hand.

But suddenly, as happens with time, the partnership is severed.

It’s unfathomable to think of getting along without your life partner. The remaining member of the duo is forced to relearn things they long seceded to codependency.

It’s a shock to the system and to the daily life of those left behind. But most of all, it’s the utter heartbreak and longing that is toughest to overcome.

“Paw paw” and “Nanny” were married for 64 blissful years and raised a family. But in February, doctors told Paw paw that he had lung cancer.

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In a post made on the Facebook page, Love What Matters, one of Paw paw’s daughters talks about his decision to undergo radiation treatment.

But after less than three weeks of treatment, he became too weak to continue. He was admitted into the hospital where doctors intended to start chemotherapy treatment.

Paw paw passed away the day before he was supposed to begin chemo. The family was devastated, but none more than his beloved wife. She returned home from the hospital, realizing it was the first time she’d been alone in over six decades.

Sadly, Paw paw passed away a little over a month later with his family at his bedside. Nanny knew tough days lay ahead without him.

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This year will be the first Christmas that Nanny will spend without her beloved. It was going to be tough, and the absence of her husband weighed heavily on her.

Knowing that she was aching, her kids and grandchildren decided to do something to make her feel like he was still around.

Paw paw would wear a particular sweater every Christmas. By all indications, it was a signature of his.

As his clothes lay in the closet, unused, they swiped the sweater and transformed it into something incredible: a pillow. With the family huddled around, and the camera rolling, they gave Nanny a big gift bag with the pillow inside.

Nanny was going to be alone for Christmas for the first time in years. When her family handed her a gift bag, she pulled out a pillow made from the sweater her late-husband used to wear.

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Tears rolled down her face before she even pulled the pillow out of the bag. Nanny was overcome with emotion, instantly recognizing what her family had done for her.

She held the pillow away from her body for a moment, to get a better look, before pulling it towards her and squeezing it tightly against her chest.

“I’ll cherish it my whole life,” she says, her voice wavering through tears.

Sewn onto the pillow is a note that reads: “This is a shirt I used to wear and whenever you hold it know I am there. Love, Bill.”

The message is in line with the credo that Nanny has always professed: “Say ‘I love you’ every day because you never know when it will be the last time you say, ‘I love you’ to your spouse or your family member.”

What the heart-warming moment below:

A Special Gift

"On the 1st of February, my papaw found out he had lung cancer. So after telling the family, he decided that he wanted to try radiation to slow it down. He did treatment for 2 to 3 weeks and became too weak. He was sent to the hospital on March 2nd and he was supposed to start chemo on the following Monday, which was the 6th, but he passed away on March 5th, with his family surrounding him. I decided to get this sweater made into a pillow because he always wore it on Christmas Eve, and this is our first Christmas without him. It’s been 9 months without him, and it’s going to be hard for my nanny—especially because they have been together for 64 years. Love is forever, and love is for always. My nanny always tells us to say, 'I love you' everyday because you never know when it will be the last time you say, ‘I love you' to your spouse or your family member."For our best love stories, subscribe to our free email newsletter: Love What Matters Original Video

Posted by Love What Matters on Sunday, December 10, 2017