Terminally ill dad asks for just one thing before he dies – to have one last beer with his sons – it was Majical
At the end of one’s life, nobody wishes for more money, or fancy things. What they actually wish for is more time with loved ones, or a special moment to see them off.
And that’s exactly what Norbert Schemm’s dying wish was – He only wanted to have one last beer with his sons. Simple right? Yep and the best little pieces in life, where all the Majic happens is in these precious moments.
In a picture that has gone viral on Twitter, the 87-year-old from Appleton, Wisconsin, is seen smiling with a bottle of Bud Light in one of his hands.
And by Schemm’s bedside are his wife, Joanne, and their children, Bob, Tom and John.
My grandfather passed away today.
Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons. pic.twitter.com/6FnCGtG9zW
— Adam Schemm (@AdamSchemm) November 21, 2019
“That moment meant so much to my grandfather,” Schemm’s grandson Adam Schemm told TODAY Parents.
“You can tell they all know what’s gonna happen, and they just want to enjoy being together. They all have this look of closure.”
Schemm, who had stage 4 colon cancer, died the next night – but he died fulfilling the very thing he treasured most – time with his beautiful family.
“It was the last 90 minutes that they really had him,” Adam Schemm, Norbert’s grandson said.
“They drank beer and talked about family and he made everyone promise to take care of my grandmother. They were married for 65 years.”
The image hit home for thousands on Twitter and quickly racked up more than 30,000 retweets.
Many people even replied with similar stories and even added a few photos of their own – all while wishing Adam and his family the best moving forward.
“I totally understand that. Hardest beer I ever drank,” wrote one person.
“Did the same thing with my Dad in May,” another wrote. “Cold beer and a Yankee game. My condolences.”
Did the same thing with my Dad in May. Cold beer and a Yankee game. My condolences pic.twitter.com/aNSULc7AT8
— Robert Dorsch (@RichterSupt) November 22, 2019
One woman responded with a snap of herself taking a shot of Baileys with her ailing grandmother.
My grandmom did the same thing but with shots of Bailey’s 😭💓 pic.twitter.com/LjSg757YIn
— gnocchi plate (@brussproutsrock) November 21, 2019
Adam Schemm has found comfort in reading the comments and said his grandpa would get a kick of out of his viral fame – who wouldn’t? It was human connection at its finest.
“I was hesitant to make the picture public,” he said. “But I’m so glad I did.”
This was one Majical memory that this family will never forget. Life is short. Call your parents, hold your loved ones tight and always tell them how much you love them.
Because there’s one thing we can promise you – no matter how much time you have with the people you love, it will never feel like enough.
So let go of all the meaningless worries and start spending your time doing things you won’t regret. That our dears friends, is the only way to truly live, in fact, it’s Majic.