Reported By: Courtnee Bo

After spending more than 70 years with someone, how does one cope when they’re gone?  Grieving the loss of a loved one is hard, but not if someone is surrounded by others.

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Ty Do, 91, is a father and grandfather who survived the Vietnam war.  He immigrated with his wife and children to start a new life in the United States.

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A photo of him and his wife, Mien, during the earlier years of his life.  In his spare time he shows these photos to his grandchildren to reminisce about the past.

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His countertop is littered with medications to help ease the pain of growing older.

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A shrine in remembrance of  his wife, who passed in November 2017.  He lights incense and leaves fruits at the altar.

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He likes to keep her favorite books stacked neatly on the nightstand along with some of her daily items.

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The chair on the left was dubbed his spot, while the chair on the right was hers.  Per his request her chair remains in the corner of the room.

 

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One of his favorite things to do is to watch the news or the Ellen Show while he waits for his grandchildren to come.

 

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His walls are covered with photos of some of his grandchildren who visit him regularly.  He has 8 children, 16 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

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His youngest son and youngest grandchild come to visit him.  His son brought him some food and asks how his day is going.

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Although his room feels lonely, the living room is always lively.  There are children’s toys all over the place.

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At the end of the day, he takes a walk around the neighborhood with his child and grandchild.  Relying on loved ones during this hard time always brings him comfort.