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Monday 25 March 2013

Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, and his father's dying wish

I read this yesterday, and I cried.

It's a circle of life story, with a difference.

If you've ever nursed someone in hospital who either has a terminal disease, or in a very serious condition then somehow turns it around to make a full recovery, or already lost a parent, you will really, truly understand the fragility of life.

This story is about actress Kristen Bell, her fiance actor Dax Shepard, and his dying father.

You can read Dax's whole blog post here.

Kristen flew in to surprise Dax and his dying father. And this is what Dax wrote about the experience:

It was an amazing, incredible, perfectly timed surprise. She lifted her shirt up and he put his hand on her swollen stomach. He left it there for the better part of an hour. He was smiling from ear to ear, sitting contently, unable to put together a sentence, but still capable of connecting to the new family member we were creating. He wasn’t going to make it to the birth, but that didn’t get in the way of him meeting the new baby. It was an emotional and triumphant moment. One I will never forget. If I live to be a thousand, I will still be in debt to my wife for giving him that one last thrill.
Here is the accompanying photo Dax posted of the beautiful moment:

Dax calls Kristen his wife in the post, although the couple are still engaged - they have said they won't get married until their gay friends have the same right.
Any parent who has lost their own mother or father before their kids were born or old enough to know grandparents knows what kind of a gaping, deep hole it leaves inside you.
Dax's father has since passed away... but what a gift to give him.
Have you had an experience like this, where a dying family member just met a newborn, or died before a relative's child was born? Share your story below.

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