Elderly Man Sits By The Sea With His Late Wife's Portrait Every Morning

He's been performing the ritual for years.

While wedded bliss typically comes with the promise to love one another "until death do us part," for some, love remains even after a partner passes away. For one elderly Italian man, his wife might be gone, but she's most definitely not forgotten

According to Yahoo! Lifestyle, Giorgio Moffa posted an image to his Facebook account that has since gained international attention. The now-viral photo shows an older man sitting by the ocean with his arm around a framed portrait of his late wife. Moffa, the Italian restauranteur, wrote (originally in Italian): "I don't know this wonderful person. I just know that his love was definitely a great love. I saw him cry. I think men like that no longer exist. Sending you a strong hug, dear friend, you are a great man."

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Moffa, who lives in the oceanfront city of Gaeta in Italy, told Yahoo! Lifestyle that he's witnessed Giuseppe, the man in the photo, make his heartbreaking trek to the ocean with his late wife's portrait in tow every morning for several years.

"Giuseppe told me that the reason he visits this location is that a long time ago, they spent many good times together at the small beach nearby,"  Moffa explained. "They were each other's first love and they got married. It was truly a lifetime of love."

Moffa also noted that Giuseppe, 72, and his wife had three children. She died of an illness seven years ago.

He added, "When he goes to a place where he has been to with his wife, he always brings her picture with him."

Giuseppe's gesture might seem small, but his actions speak volumes about how strong the bond between two people can be, even when separated by death. Everyone deserves to love and be loved in return. Here's hoping Giuseppe's ritual continues to bring him peace for the rest of his days.

Cover image via  Kar Tr I Shutterstock

(H/T: Yahoo! Lifestyle)

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