Nurse in the UK captures the heartwarming moment a married couple of 62 years said goodbye

The couple of 62 years holding hands for the final time.
The couple of 62 years holding hands for the final time. Photo credit: @UHDBTrust / Twitter

A nurse in the UK has captured the moment a couple who have been married for 62 years held hands for the final time.

The couple said their final goodbyes last month, after nurses at Queen's Hospital Burton arranged for the wife to be taken to the same ward as her terminally ill husband before she was discharged.

Ninety-two-year-old John Wilson was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the end of May, at the same time wife Majorie, 88, was being treated at the same hospital in a separate ward.

After hearing that Mrs Wilson was to be discharged to her nursing home, ward sister Emma Barker arranged to pull her and her husband's bed together on Ward 8, so they could say one last goodbye.

Ward sister Emma Barker.
Ward sister Emma Barker. Photo credit: @UHDBTrust / Twitter

A photo was taken and sent to the family of the couple holding hands.

A card was sent to the hospital later, with son Kurt thanking the hospital staff for all the care and attention given to his parents.

Sadly, Mr Wilson passed away on June 15, the letter said, "he died how he wanted to, at home, peacefully and in my arms."

"A special thank you to sister Emma who had the foresight to take a photo of mum and dad together for the last time. Again words are not enough to express my gratitude to you all," the letter said.

Letter written by son Kurt Wilson.
Letter written by son Kurt Wilson. Photo credit: @UHDBTrust / Twitter

Ward sister Emma said taking this priceless photo of the couple was a spontaneous decision.

"To hear how happy the family were after receiving this picture has really impacted us all and the letter that they sent was so lovely," she said.

She talks about how rewarding her role as a nurse is.

"The whole reason you become a nurse is to care for people and to have moments like this. To now know that Mr Wilson's son will have; not only this photo, but also the knowledge that his father saw his mother for a final time, will remain a significant memory for me."

She says she treats all patients as if they were her family and she would be extremely 'humbled' knowing that someone else had done that to a relative of hers.