Elderly couple dies holding hands
Floreen and Ed Hale from New York are a shining example of eternal love. The couple first met at a dance in 1952, and experienced love at first sight. Ed knew immediately that Floreen was the only one for him.
It was Floreen's first night out since being injured in a car crash; a crash that killed her first husband. When Ed asked for her hand in marriage shortly after meeting her, Floreen's parents were worried about their daughter's fragility. Ed reportedly told them, "I don't care...I'll carry her until I die."
And carry her he did. For the next 60 years, Floreen and Ed were happy and inseparable.
In 2014, at the age of 83, Ed was hospitalized for a leg injury which, within days, grew worse. His kidneys were beginning to give out so doctors moved him to another hospital an hour away where he was expected to die. Ed woke up early one morning and though quite weak, expressed his need to see Floreen.
What Ed did not know was that Floreen had been hospitalized days after him for congestive heart failure. Even though Ed was initially considered too weak for a move, arrangements were finally made for him to be transported to his wife's side in a hospice room located in their home town.
Ed, every 30 minutes or so, would roll over, tap Floreen, and say, "You still there?"
Ed waited until his wife took her last breath before passing away 36 hours later. The two were holding hands.
As he promised her parents so long ago, Ed really did carry Floreen until the day he died.
The images of Ed and Floreen holding hands have spread worldwide, along with an inspiring message of love and devotion. What a perfect ending to the perfect love story.