November 03, 2021
A heartwarming photo of a man and his family went viral on Twitter. In the picture, the elderly man lay in a hospital bed and is nearing the end of his life. Despite this, he has a smile on his face and a beer in his hand.
In 2019, a grandson from Milwaukee decided to share his grandfather's final moments online. The young man didn't anticipate the overwhelming reaction from netizens worldwide, but his post quickly went viral.
With close to 30 thousand shares and over 300 thousand likes, people loved the show of affection. In the photo, Adam Schemm displayed an emotional moment in his family's life.
THE BITTERSWEET POST
The post's caption was short and bittersweet. It read: "My grandfather passed away today. Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons." This simple yet meaningful image resonated with many.
Schemm's grandfather was featured in the photo as he lay in his hospital bed after a long battle with cancer. He was sickly and had pipes wrapped around him. However, the look of joy and contentment on his face was priceless.
THE END OF HIS LIFE
Knowing that he would be passing away shortly, he asked his family to have one last beer with him. His wife holds his hand, and his sons and grandsons surround him in what was undoubtedly a memorable day.
Schemm shared more about his grandfather's condition and explained:
“My grandpa had been relatively healthy over the course of his life but it was on Sunday last week while he was in the hospital that they realized it would be the end."
ONE LAST VISIT
Users from the online community were touched, and many were moved to tears. The family found comfort in knowing that the patriarch of their clan was spreading love online even after he was gone.
THE ONLINE REACTION
Netizens offered their condolences, and one person called the photo the "saddest thing [they had] seen on Twitter in a while." Others thanked Schemm for sharing the deeply personal moment.
One commenter wrote: "Sharing that photo says much more about your family. A wonderful thread to read. Through teared eyes." Another user added that this was the type of thing they wanted to see more of online.
HELPED WITH THEIR GRIEF
A netizen expressed: "It is SOOOOO nice to see love on Twitter instead of the typical hate. I will never forget this photo. My condolences to you and your entire family." These and the many other messages meant a lot to Schemm.
He indicated that all of the support and love, most of which was unexpected, has helped him and his family deal with their grief in a difficult time.
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