When two people are married for a long time, their lives are intertwined. The bonds they created and the memories they shared are precious.
Laura and Howard Serena have been married for 73 years. At the age of 93, Laura had to be moved to a hospice. She was preparing for her last days. Even though Howard was bound to a wheelchair, he stayed by her side. Then in a touching moment, Howard, who was 92 years old at the time, sang to his wife their favorite song: ‘You’ll Never Know’ by Frank Sinatra.
This was the song that comforted Laura while Howard was away during World War II. The version played in the video is performed by Rosemary Clooney. The family prefers this version because everyone always said that Laura’s voice sounded just like Rosemary’s.
Howard and Laura used to perform this song together at family gatherings, serenading each other. They performed it for the entire family on the 50th anniversary of their marriage, after renewing their vows.
According to the description of the video on YouTube, “moments before this video began, when Grandma heard that Grandpa was in the room, she asked if she could hold him. 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.
A sign above Laura’s bed reads “patient blind”, because she has lost most of her vision. This doesn’t stop her from peering into Howard’s eyes when his pulls up his wheelchair. In the meantime, Howard has lost most of his hearing, so you’ll hear things being repeated to him in the video.
When the video went viral, everyone’s spirits were uplifted, especially Laura’s. The doctors originally gave her just a week to live, but the hospice then considered her well enough to go home.
Many of the people commenting of the video were touched by the couple’s loyalty to each other.
“I was so moved by this video. Today’s people could learn from this. This is what the marriage vows stand for and mean when two human beings take them!” one commenter wrote. “This was as beautiful as love could possibly get! Can’t help but cry. My parents are 91 and 88. Still alive, married, and in love.”
In a twist of fate, Howard was the one to pass away first on May 15, 2016, eight months after this video was recorded, according to their granddaughter. Laura hung on for five more days and passed away on May 20, 2016.
The couple were long time resident of Chicago, Illinois and Sarasota, Florida. They are survived by nine children, eighteen grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren, according to the obituary.
Warning: this video may melt your heart and bring you to tears!