“‘Til death do us part” Widower shows that love doesn't’ have to end after death


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There have been many poems, stories, films written about the “One Great Love.” Love has been described in many ways, patient, forgiving and kind. One widower shows that great love also endures and that it doesn’t have to end even after death.
Widower shows that love doesn't’ have to end after death

Meet 77-year old Crisanto Dela Cruz or “Mang Cris” who had reminded netizens that true love still exists in this world. His story made netizens weep as he showed the real meaning of the wedding vow, “until death do us part.”

Widower shows that love doesn't’ have to end after death
Mang Cris is the widower who went viral for his undying love | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Mayette Dela Cruz Cinco

After the passing of his wife, Pepita “Aling Pitang” in 2013, he cannot also help but feel lonely. When Mang Cris would miss his wife, he would ask his daughter Mayette to accompany him to the cemetery.

It was Mayette who shared Mang Cris’ story on Facebook. The dutiful daughter dropped her work and errands to accommodate his father’s request. Mayette shared that if he turned down the request, his father would “It's either he won't eat, won't talk to me or both.”

Widower shows that love doesn't’ have to end after death
Mang Cris was in tears upon seeing his wife’s grave covered in pile of leaves | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Mayette Dela Cruz Cinco

When he arrived at the cemetery, Mang Cris became emotional upon seeing that garbage has piled up around his loving wife’s grave. Mayette described her father, “He was in tears I could only comfort him as I clean around.”

Mang Cris told Mayette, “Sabi ko sau Marita tinatawag ako ng Nanay mo, ayaw mo lang maniwala."

Widower shows that love doesn't’ have to end after death
Mang Cris hurriedly cleaned his wife’s grave | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Mayette Dela Cruz Cinco

And Mang Cris came prepared, he had his “Aling Pitang visit care bag” with water to clean the ’lapida’. He lit some candles and bought flowers.

And as if it wasn’t enough, Mang Cris kept on talking to his beloved wife. He said, "Nandito na kami. Nilinis ko na. ‘Wag ka ng mag alala at hindi ko hahayaang hindi ka mapuntahan kapag nararamdaman kong kailangan mo ako."

Mayette was at lost for words upon seeing his father’s undying love for his mother who had long left them. She said, “Love comes in many forms. My father has chosen to keep all the love in his heart. He knows love is not bounded by time nor distance. Love speaks from the heart.”

Widower shows that love doesn't’ have to end after death
“Love knows no distance or time” | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Mayette Dela Cruz Cinco

The grateful father also looked at his daughter and thanked her for taking the time for him. Mang Cris told Mayette, “Salamat, Marita ha? Mangyari, nawala ang lungkot ko. Pasensya ka na kung naabala kita ha? Nagalit ba ang kliyente mo? Sabihin mo sa kanya, maraming salamat.”

Mang Cris even went on to ask his daughter that when the time comes he too joins Aling Pitang, may Mayette still visit him. He said, “Pagdating ng araw hindi na kita iistorbohin, Marita. Andito na rin ako. Linisin mo kapag hindi ka abala. Laanan mo ng panahon."

Mayette couldn’t contain her tears as she hugged and whispered to her father, "Kailanman ay hindi ka istorbo, Tay. Hindi abala. Hindi singit. Hindi extra. Ikaw po ay mahalaga. Isa ka sa pinakamahalaga.”

The touching but also heartbreaking story of love has touched the hearts of many. In times when we kept on joking “walang forever”, there are people like Mang Cris who shows us that love knows no bounds. The post has gone viral with over 70,000 shares.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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