In a scene reminiscent of the Ryan Gosling weepy, The Notebook, 96-year-old Jeanette Toczko was still clutching the hand of her 95-year-old husband, Alexander Toczko, when she died less than 24 hours after him.
Mr and Mrs Toczko from San Diego, California, first met at the age of eight, married in 1940, and went on to have five children and 10 grandchildren together.
Mr Toczko’s health started to decline just weeks before his death, after he broke his hip, and soon after Mrs Toczko’s health also began to decline, leaving the couple bed bound.
Knowing their parents’ final wish, the couple’s children arranged for a local hospice to provide a special bed to allow the couple to spend their last days side by side.
When the time came, it was Mr Toczko, a war veteran, who passed away first.
Talking about the moment she broke the news to her mother, the couple’s daughter, Aimee Toczko-Cushman, told 10 News: ‘When I told my mother that he was gone, she hugged him and she said, “See this is what you wanted.
You died in my arms and I love you. I love you, and wait for me, I’ll be there soon”.’
She went on: ‘Even the hospice nurse said it was the most incredible thing to see the two of them taking those last breaths together,’
Was there ever a truer love?