Before you read this article, be warned — it is not for the faint of heart. It’s incredibly emotional and will most likely make you cry without ceasing.
In a very touching moment, Howard, a war veteran, serenades his wife who lies in a hospital bed, making one of their last memories together (photo via YouTube) Howard Serena, a 92-year-old veteran, rolls his wheelchair to the side of his dying wife’s bed. His wife of 73 years, Laura, is lying in a hospital bed, looking very frail and, sadly, dying.
“I was your best lover,” Howard tells her. “I don’t know how many other lovers you had, but I was the best.”
Everyone in the room chuckles.
“I love you,” she says.
“I love you,” he says.
“Always have,” she adds.
Some soft music begins to play — it’s the music of “You’ll Never Know” by Rosemary Clooney with Harry James. He looks into her eyes and holds back the tears.
The song opens with:
You’ll never know just how much I miss you
You’ll never know just how much I care
And if I tried, I still couldn’t hide my love for you
You ought to know, for haven’t I told you so
Willie Nelson is one of the many artists who covered the song “You’ll Never Know” (photo via NewsBake)
This would be one of their last memories together. And a good one at that.
It was actually Howard who passed away eight months later with his wife right by his side. Five days after that, Laura passed away. Thus ending a long and wonderful example of true love.
The romantic song has been recorded by Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, and The Mamas & The Papas, among many others.
If you’d like to cry, you can watch the whole scene play out on YouTube.