Stranger takes a family's photo just days before the wife passed away

Something happened after a woman snaps a photo of a family.

On June 19, 2017, Joyce Rhinehart, from Ohio, posted an incredible story about her encounter with complete strangers on Facebook.

As reported by Shared, Joyce decided to take her grandson, Blake, out for some ice cream after his tennis lesson.

As they were about to leave the store, she noticed a family of four all enjoying ice cream together while sitting on a bench.

'Something urged me to ask them if I could take their picture, which they did not hesitate to agree,' she wrote on Facebook.

Joyce took the photo and then handed her phone to the young daughter, instructing her to send the picture to their phone.

Joyce explained to her grandson on their way home that it's her habit to capture a sweet family moment of total strangers so they can have a special memory. She usually does it during vacations.

Days later, on Father's Day, she received a text from an unsaved number:

Dear madam, you took our picture in front of Rita’s on June 8th. My wife has passed away yesterday and this is the last picture we have together as a family. Please accept my deepest gratitude for your kindness, it means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Joyce continued texting the man in the photo and learned that his wife had been ill for the past year.

She said that we should never underestimate a simple act of random kindness.

'My heart is heavy for this sweet family that I don't even know and the tremendous gift that was left to them because I listened to my gut that day. I'm in awe!' she wrote.

Joyce's Facebook post has gone viral and many commented that her story brought tears to their eyes.

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