We recently saw the emotional image of George and Ora Lee Rodriguez who died hand and hand, only hours apart. And now there is the story of Jim Minnini. The 58 year old was sent to the hospital earlier this year after his third battle with lung cancer took a turn for the worse. This time around, it was terminal. The day he was admitted to the ICU of Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario, his loving wife Cindy had a heart attack. She was rushed to the hospital, but not the same facility as her dying husband.
He begged to see her one last time to say goodbye and somehow hospital staff managed to bring Jim to his wife’s side just in time.
When reflecting on the tearful moment, and his father’s desire to see his wife, Jim’s son Chris said, “He would have just kept hanging on. He wouldn’t have left if he hadn’t been able to say goodbye to her,” he said. “He wasn’t leaving this world until he said good-bye. That’s what he wanted, that’s all he wanted and as soon as he got that he was peacefully able to go.”
And even more recently, a photo was uploaded to reddit of a couple clutching hands, that simply filled our hearts to the brim. Though it’s a sad reminder that life is short, it’s a beautiful example of love that has stood the test of time.
It must be so difficult to say your final goodbyes, but to have the one you love and have stood by over the years, there to comfort you makes the moment so much more tender and precious.