Couple Married 77 Years Passed Away Holding Hands


Get the tissues ready, because the end of this long love story falls directly under the definition of “incredibly touching.” After nearly eight decades of dedication and devotion to one another, one Missouri couple left this earth together on a heart-wrenchingly moving note.

Raymond and Velva Breuer had been married for 77 years, until Raymond passed away earlier this month. Strikingly, he was still holding on tightly to his beloved wife’s hand. Not long before he died, the 97-year-old Raymond had mentioned to his nurse that if his wife happened to pass around the same time he did, they should be buried together in the same casket.

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As it turned out, 96-year-old Velva died in a matter of hours after her dear husband did. So Raymond’s jaw-dropping request to the nurse about a single casket holding the both of them together ended up actually being fulfilled after all.

The couple, who grew up together in rural Phelps County and got married in 1940, were indeed buried together just as he had described. On top of that, they were also buried still holding hands. They were laid to rest near their parents and other relatives’ grave sites.

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What do you think about this type of burial style? Would you want to be buried next to your significant other in the same casket if you two passed around the same timeframe? Or would you prefer your own burial site, regardless of how much time had gone by?


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