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A woman has captured beautiful photos of her grandparents' love story shortly before her grandmother passed away.
Emily Hime, from Ontario, shared a post on Facebook, including two touching photographs, explaining that she had been 'blessed' to 'witness something beautiful' between her grandparents when her grandma became unwell.
Emily's post began: "During the last few months of my Grandma’s life I was blessed to witness something beautiful. And that was the unconditional love between my grandparents.
"We used to tease my Grandpa and say that grandma did EVERYTHING and he couldn’t survive without her. But roles were reversed this past year.
"Through this, I have realized that the most romantic love story isn’t Romeo and Juliet.. but it’s grandma and grandpa who grew old together."
Emily explained that her grandpa had stuck by her grandma's side during 'the most difficult period of her life'.
He learnt to prepare meals, do laundry and cook for her as she went through six rounds of chemotherapy.
"It’s grandpa holding her hand. Attending every doctor appointment. Not leaving the house unless someone took his place as he didn’t want her sitting alone - even for a few minutes.
"It’s the staff at the hospital awing over his devotion and saying how everyone loved watching them together, including people sitting in the waiting rooms.
"It’s him being by her side every single day while she was hospitalized and every day while she remained in hospice.
"It’s him calling me up asking me to help him make signs and decorate the house because he thought she was coming home soon.
"It’s him rubbing her face, kissing her forehead, and holding her hand every moment he could. Soaking it all in.
"It’s his eyes welling up with tears each moment he felt that she might be uncomfortable because he couldn’t stand the thought of her being in pain."
Emily recalled her grandpa telling her grandma how beautiful she was every day, explaining how theirs was the kind of love 'we all aspire to'.
"Watching the way he loved her is such an incredible reminder to choose wisely. Choose someone who will still be your absolute best friend 60 years down the road," said Emily.
"Who will still be holding your hand during the best of times, but most importantly during the worst of times. Someone who isn’t embarrassed or shy to express their love."
Alongside the post, Emily shared a photograph of her grandparents lying in her grandma's hospice bed.
The hospice itself, Chatham-Kent Hospice, also shared the post, writing: "A special message of love, written by one of our Hospice families."
If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677