Elderly man serenades dying wife

Gainesville couple has nine children and 18 grandchildren


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Video of an elderly man singing to his dying wife in Hospice care is spreading on the Internet around the world.

Howard Serena, 92, sang "You'll Never Know" by Rosemary Clooney and Harry James to his wife Laura, 93, while she was in bed.

The couple is from Gainesville, Fla.  They've been married 73 years and have nine children and 18 grandchildren.

Their granddaughter Erin Solari videotaped her grandfather serenading her grandmother and posted it on YouTube.

Solari said that was their love song that comforted her grandmother when her grandfather went away to fight in World War II. She said at family gatherings, it was not uncommon for them to sing this song together, each taking a verse and serenading each other.

"Moments before this video began, when Grandma heard that Grandpa was in the room, she asked if she could hold him. Grandpa cannot stand on his own, but he immediately pulled his wheelchair close to her bed ready to make it happen. My cousin, Serena, who is a physical therapist, helped him to his feet and held him up throughout the entire song," said Solari.

There is a sign above Laura's bed that says "Patient Blind" because she has macular degeneration so she can't see much of anything but shadows and light.

After posting the video to Facebook, it went viral and Solari said the outpouring of support lifted everyone's spirits, including her grandmother.

Hospice deemed her well enough to go home to live out her remaining days.