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Granddaughter moves wedding to the hospital to make grandma’s last wish come true

Amy Christie

Sean Upton and her fiancé, Will Chandler, were planning to get married in a few months, but they changed the date for the happy event so Sean’s grandmother could also take part in it.

The location was changed too, but the grandmother’s smile more than made up for it.

What are the details?

The couple decided to take the wedding vows at Methodist Hospital Northeast, Texas, thus including Avis Russell, the loving grandmother, in a dream wedding showered with blessings and so many smiles, according to The Epoch Times.

“At the beginning of her stay, the nurses asked what the most important thing was to her. She said she wished to see her granddaughter get married. Her health continued to decline, so her family and care team realized this was becoming less of a reality,” Emily McLoughlin, who is the communications manager for Methodist Healthcare, shared with the outlet.

Tanya, Avis’s daughter, teamed up with the care team helping her mother to check every detail about having the wedding close to her hospital bed.

It was also a challenge to keep everything a surprise, with everyone constantly brainstorming different ideas about the wonderful event. So, when the grandmother was moved to the first floor to allow the rest of the family to gather outside and watch the ceremony, the staff told her “the move was due to a maintenance issue.”

“After she was comfortable and stabilized, the planning was kicked into high gear,” Emily recalls.

The white gown was picked, the couple got in touch with a pastor, and then they ordered flowers and a tasty wedding cake. The break room was turned into a bridal suite for the unique occasion, and the staff was in charge of coordinating a virtual gathering with all the other guests in the garden.

“Once the virtual meeting began, the team opened the blinds, and Avis saw her family and friends outside her window,” Emily told the outlet.

And then Sean walked down the aisle right in front of her grandma and got married in an emotional ceremony.

“Avis spent her final moments on this earth celebrating and loving her granddaughter,” Emily concluded.

After the I dos, Sean went to her grandmother’s bedside and remained there the rest of the day. Avis passed away after a long battle with cancer just a few days later.

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