A Canadian couple of 62 years has been forced to see each other only every other day because they were admitted into separate nursing homes.
For the past eight months, Wolf and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, B.C. have been forced to live apart and endure multiple heartbreaking goodbyes throughout the week.
The couple’s granddaughter Ashley Bartyik is usually the one who drives the near hour-long commute multiple times a week so her 81-year-old grandmother can see her beloved 83-year-old husband — who has been diagnosed with lymphoma, as well as dementia.
Frustrated over the situation — which is due to “delays of our healthcare system” — the 29-year-old shared a photo of one of her grandparents’ many emotional goodbyes on Facebook, writing:
“After 62 years together in marriage they have been separated for 8 months due to backlogs and delays by our health care system, whom have the power to have my grandpa moved to the same care facility as my grandmother. They cry every time they see each other, and it is heartbreaking.”
While Wolf’s dementia “grows stronger each day,” his lifelong memories with Anita and love for her has yet to dissipate — but Bartyik says the family is afraid that “his memory of her won’t stay” if they continue to live apart.
Bartyik urged her friends to share their story so that healthcare authority Fraser Health can reunite the couple, allowing them to spend their final years together. She added:
“Now with the news of cancer, our fight to have them in the same facility is even more urgent. They deserve this! Financially, physically and emotionally exhausted, me and my family are begging for your help my friends. We want justice for my grandparents who after 62 years together deserve to spend their last moments in the same building.”
This is so heartbreaking! We hope they get reunited soon, as it will only improve both their health and well being.
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[Image via Facebook.]