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Elderly Couple Married 69 Years Share Heartbreaking Goodbye Kiss
A Canadian couple, Herbert Goodine, 91 and his wife, Audrey, 89, who has been together for the past 73 years of their lives were heartbroken after they were forced to spend Christmas apart.
The couple have been together at the same care home for the past three years. However, as Mr Goodine’s dementia worsened, the decision to move him to a different center was made following a health assessment.
Their daughter, Dianne Phillips wrote on Sunday:
‘This is one sad Christmas story for Herbert and Audrey Goodine who reside at Victoria Villa Special Care Home in Perth Andover, NB.
‘I wanted to share with the FB community the planned separation of my parents one week prior to Christmas.
‘I was notified Friday morning (Dec 15) via email and followed a couple hours later by a phone call that my father (91) was going to be removed from the special care home that he is residing at with my mother (89) this weekend.
‘I read this message over several times in disbelief of how can anyone be so cold and cruel to do this a week prior to Christmas.
‘My request during the day Friday was to simply extend my father’s residency until the end of this week.
‘However, my repeated request was ignored. Because I was unwilling to make a decision on his new location within a few hours a representative from Social Development and a representative from the Victoria Villa approached my parents and forced them to make the decision on their own.
‘My parents have been together for a total of 73 years and still sleep in the same bed. I feel people need to know what a flawed system we have in place. Two words describe it “unethical and cruel”. This transfer is schedule to occur tomorrow, as POA, I have NOT yet to be notified of final arrangements
‘When talking to my parents yesterday I listened to my mother weep and I could hear my father in the background. My mother said “Christmas is over for us now and this is the worst Christmas that we will ever have. Why could they not have waited till after the holidays.” I assured her that I tried everything to keep them together a few more days.’