The retirement home gives the 94-year-old resident a cushion with the face of his deceased wife: he bursts into tears

Alison Forde

May 05, 2020

The retirement home gives the 94-year-old resident a cushion with the face of his deceased wife: he bursts into tears
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When we spend a lifetime with the person we chose to spend our old age with, we know it's true love. However, at the third age, ill health and diseases can arise more easily, so one of the two in the couple can die, and the other survive. Therefore, the memory of the loved one remains in the mind and perhaps in the photographs. In fact, an image of the face of the deceased partner often ignites a moving journey into memory.

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Veteran Ken Benbow of the Thistleton Lodge retirement home in England was given one of the most beautiful gifts he could have received: in fact, the carers of the retirement home gave him a cushion depicting the face of his beloved Ada, who had passed some years ago. Veteran Ken is 94 years old and was a British Navy soldier in the past decades before retiring.

Caregiver Kia Mariah Tobin had decided that, to make Ken feel less lonely and to leave him with an even sweeter memory of his deceased wife, she would give him a soft cushion with Ada's face. The reaction to the unexpected gift  understandably left the 94-year-old veteran in tears.

We know our residents are missing their loved ones at this time but let’s not forget those who sadly aren’t here with us anymore. Today, one of our lovely staff Kia Mariah Tobin gave Ken a pillow with his beloved wife on who we also cared for. Safe to say we all shed a tear with Ken today. Lots of love, your Thistleton Lodge family 🥰🥰 www.thetlchome.co.uk

Pubblicato da Thistleton Lodge su Sabato 18 aprile 2020

Ken had been married to Ada for 71 years. Speaking to The Lancashire Post in early 2020, he revealed that he served in the Navy during World War II, before settling as a sales representative for an agricultural supply company in Garstang with his wife Ada in 1946. In a post full of joy on their Facebook profile, Thistleton Lodge said: "We know that our residents are missing their loved ones right now, but let's not forget those who are unfortunately no longer here with us. Today, one of our adorable colleagues Kia Mariah Tobin gave Ken a pillow with his beloved wife pictured above. We would like to say that today we all shed a tear with Ken. With love, your Thistleton Lodge family. " 

A gift full of affection and love for this 94-year-old resident who lived with his beloved Ada for 71 years of his life. What a nice surprise, Ken!

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