87 YO Norbert Schemm, who was battling colon cancer wanted to share one last beer with his sons for his dying wish. He passed away a happy man the following day.
The heartbreaking snap of an elderly man sharing a beer with his sons during his final moments has prompted an overwhelming response from netizens. All Norbert Schemm, an 87-year-old man from Appleton, Wisconsin, wanted for his dying wish was to share one last beer with his sons. In this viral Tweet, he can be seen smiling and holding a bottle of Bud Light while being surrounded by his family members. Speaking to TODAY Parents, Schemm's grandson Adam Schemm expressed, "That moment meant so much to my grandfather."
My grandfather passed away today.— Adam Schemm (@AdamSchemm) 21 November 2019
Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons. pic.twitter.com/6FnCGtG9zW
"My grandpa had been relatively healthy over the course of his life but it was on the Sunday last week while he was in hospital that they realised it would be the end. He called his grandchildren to tell us on the Monday. We took the picture Tuesday night and then he died from stage four colon cancer on Wednesday," Adam told BBC News. "My dad told us that grandpa had wanted a beer and now when I look at that picture it gives me solace. I can tell my grandpa is smiling. He's doing what he wanted to do - it was an impromptu moment," he added.
You’re an awesome grandson. I lost my best friend when I was 15 to a double stroke. My Welo (I couldn’t say abuelo when I was little) was my protector and closest confidant. Grandpas can be next level superheroes!— @DJPigLatin (@Javier_Veguilla) 22 November 2019
Sadly Schemm, who was battling colon cancer at its fourth stage, died a happy man the night after he shared a beer with his children. Describing what that moment meant to his family, Adam said, "You can tell they all know what’s gonna happen, and they just want to enjoy being together. They all have this look of closure." Furthermore, he shared, "It was the last 90 minutes that they really had him. They drank beer and talked about family and he made everyone promise to take care of my grandmother. They were married for 65 years."
My grandmom did the same thing but with shots of Bailey’s 😭💓 pic.twitter.com/LjSg757YIn— gnocchi plate (@brussproutsrock) 21 November 2019
Taking to Twitter he wrote: My grandfather passed away today. Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons. It wasn't long before, the heartfelt post was showered with over 320,000 likes, an overwhelming response that Adam had not expected. "It seems to have tapped into a sense of community and clearly is a moment lots of people relate to. The comments have been so kind and we've seen pictures of people toasting bottles of beer in his honor. I thought people I knew might want to see it and respond but had no idea just how many people it seems to have helped," he said according to BBC.
Did the same thing with my Dad in May. Cold beer and a Yankee game. My condolences pic.twitter.com/aNSULc7AT8— Robert Dorsch (@RichterSupt) 22 November 2019
"I was hesitant to make the picture public," added Adam "But I'm so glad I did." Thanks to Adam's endearing photograph several others were encouraged to share their own experiences. The resident of Indianapolis, Ben Riggs, was among the many strangers who responded to Adam's tweet with a photo of his own grandfather Leon Riggs, 86, with whom he can be seen enjoying a final beer and cigar. During an interview with BBC, Riggs explained how witnessing Adam's picture reminded him of his late grandfather's final request. "I don't delete the pictures on my phone. I returned to it and I felt compelled to reply and share my own photo. It brought me back and to see someone else experience that final bit of happiness before death was a good feeling," he added.
I don’t know you... but I felt this. Days before my grandpa passed he let my dad and I know he wanted a cigar and a beer. We made it happen. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your grandpas smile is one for the books! pic.twitter.com/HDv3y2kLeA— Ben Riggs (@RenBiggs) 21 November 2019
I lost my grandma two months ago tomorrow.. all she wanted was to take pictures. God only knows how much I miss her.. pic.twitter.com/lfkzaFHAsN— Jassmean (@jassmean__) 22 November 2019
This photo is priceless. My mom wanted to see her grandson graduate, so we brought it to her. pic.twitter.com/bGh5JcSxF6— Melissa M (@kissmeimiowish) 22 November 2019
My brother in law wanted to play one last round of golf before he passed. Was 100 degrees and he was in so much pain. He only hit about 15 shots but made me play all 18 as that is what he wanted. Was such a warrior! pic.twitter.com/CIQbBrOHbz— Brian Jorgensen (@BrianJo00055748) 22 November 2019
Mom passed in the spring. Her last pic in palliative with my newest pup, who we named after her. My condolences to your family. pic.twitter.com/mV1gOfiRz1— Blake Stephens (@oaklakebatman) 22 November 2019