The nurses made sure Jack and Harriet Morrison spent their last moments together at the same care home. They first met in 1955 and there was just no looking back for them.
Broken Heart Syndrome is something we've all heard of that happens due to stressful situations like the passing of a loved one. It's not rare, but it is also something that makes us wonder if there's such a thing as true love, especially because we're living in an era where it's something really hard to come across. This is the story about a couple that was married for 65 years, and both of them passed away just hours apart from each other after they got to spend some time together one last time. Earlier this month, Jack and Harriet Morrison both died at a nursing home in St. Louis, Missouri. They spent their final hours together, all thanks to the nursing staff at The Woodlands of Arnold.
Jack and Harriet Morrison's beds were placed next to each other, allowing them to hold hands. Eighty-six-year-old Jack died first on Jan. 11. Eighty-three-year-old Harriet died later that day. https://t.co/lXST535ZjT— KCRG (@KCRG) January 19, 2020
"This is what movies are made of," their niece, Sue Wagener, told CNN. "They were truly in love." Jack and Harriet met way back in 1955 and there was just no looking back for the two of them. Jack, who was a businessman at 21, had followed his father's footsteps and was handling their family business, V-K Bus Lines. He saw Harriet, only 18 at the time when he was driving one of the company's buses.
Soon, Wagener said, the pair became inseparable. "They were always holding hands," Wagener said of the couple. "You never see them without them touching one another or his arm around her." Eventually, the business grew and Jack sold it, so he could retire in his early 50s. He then went on to become a licensed pilot, and the two of them traveled around the world. "I'm sure that they went two or three times to every state across the United States," Wagener said. "They went to Australia, they went to Germany, they went to Russia."
Elders die the same day holding hands after 65 years together, United States— Moises Lopez (@chapoisat) January 19, 2020
Jack and Harriet Morrison's beds were placed side by side in their last hours, which allowed them to hold hands, Jack, eighty-six, died first. pic.twitter.com/qOGPDqNmJz
A year and a half ago, Harriet was admitted into the nursing home after a small accident. Apparently, she tripped over a dog and injured herself. Not long after that, Jack suffered an injury and he moved into the nursing home as well. During the last few months of their lives, Harriet developed dementia, and Wagener said there were good days where she remembered Jack, but there were also days where she did not know who he was.
It's like a real life story of the notebook 😭😭😭— Nikki (in the City) (@NYC_CountryGal) January 20, 2020
"Those nurses were wonderful to them," the niece said. "When she had a good day, they would put them together. They'd eat breakfast or have coffee and they would just sit there and hold hands." The two of them were in separate rooms, but they were just four rooms apart from each other. The nurses were exceptionally caring, and during their final hours, they moved Jack and Harriet together. "I love, I miss them," Wagener said of the couple. "I know that they're happy together, again."
WOW, How wonderful. RIP and God Bless them.— Florence of Arabia (@ArabiaFlorence) January 20, 2020