Dying Wife Spends Last Months Helping Husband Find New Love
The dying wish of 39-year-old Clare Mauremootoo is quite different from all the others. When her condition deteriorated quickly after she was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, the mother-of-two wished for her husband to find new love so the kids could have a mother figure to care for them and for her husband John not to feel lonely.
She pushed aside her own feelings and asked hospice staff at Weston Hospice, Somerset in the UK, to help her arrange dates for John. Though her husband was not yet ready to find new love and wanted to spend every minute of Clare’s remaining time on earth together, he promised her he would fulfill her dying wish.
After a wonderful Valentine’s Day with John in February 2007, Clare passed away five days later. John, mindful of her last wish [but also thinking about what sons, 10-year-old Jack and 7-year-old Ben, would feel] did not immediately act on that.
Then, he signed up for a dating website and met Julie Macfarlane who has kids the same age as his sons. In March 2008, the families moved in together; though it took them years of prodding from the kids to finally tie the knot in April 2012.
During their wedding, John spoke about Clare and said he thinks she is smiling upon them, now happy that he finally fulfilled her unique dying wish.