Yesterday, (February 14), it’s likely you were either trying your best to ignore the fact it was Valentine’s Day or celebrating it with a loved one.
One man however spent his evening alone, in a restaurant, with his wife’s ashes sitting in the chair opposite him.
A photo of the elderly gentleman sitting in the booth, with his head in his hands, is a stark reminder how Valentine’s Day can be painful for those who’ve loved and lost.
Chasidy Gwaltney was sat in the restaurant in Corpus Christi, Texas, when she noticed the man sat alone with cards propped up on his table and a glass of wine poured for the loved one he is clearly missing.
She shared a poignant photo of the moment on Facebook which shows the unknown man holding tissues against his eyes as he eats a meal.
The image becomes even more moving when you notice his wife’s ashes are sat opposite him.
Chasidy used the image to point out the importance of not taking loved ones for granted writing:
You know? We are all guilty of taking our other half for granted from time to time. We may forget to give a goodbye kiss, say I love you or just be so caught up in what we are doing at the moment that we don’t notice the very little things that mean so much to our special someone.
I saw something today that has made me remember we won’t always have each other to hold, talk to, love, play with or even just aggravate every now and then.
This picture speaks loudly and it may hurt your heart as it has mine. This man looks like he’s spending Valentine’s Day alone at first glance but that is actually his wife in that very beautiful bottle sitting on the table.
Apparently his love for her was and still is very strong, as he takes her ashes out for a Valentine’s lunch date together. He even bought her a glass of wine…
Please love your sweetheart while you have the opportunity, you never know what tomorrow will bring or take away!
Happy Valentine’s Day all!!!
Many people have taken note of Chasidy’s message tagging their loved ones in the post and sending them their love.
The post and photo has now gone viral being shared 272,000 times so far on Facebook.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.