By Luke Kenton
This stage-four cancer suffering grandmother was left in tears when she opened a blanket made by her granddaughter, which had her dead husband’s shirt sewn into it – ensuring she’ll never be alone during chemotherapy.
79-year-old Frances Jones was married to her husband for 56-years before he passed away suddenly from heart-failure four-years ago.
Never ‘leaving his side for even a minute’, Frances suffered a great-deal coming to terms with the loss of her husband – a trauma for which her granddaughter, Maddie Smith, claims, that she still hasn’t ‘truly come back from’.
Diagnosed suddenly with stage-four lung cancer just a few weeks before Christmas, Maddie was determined to raise her beloved ‘MawMaw’s’ spirits, ensuring that she never feels alone during her chemotherapy treatment.
Employing the help of her Aunt, Maddie coyly coaxed one of her grandfather’s old, favourite shirts from Frances’ house, before embroidering it onto a homemade blanket.
First laughing, Frances soon becomes overwhelmed by the heartfelt gesture and begins to cry while clutching the blanket to her face.
Crying alongside her grandmother in unison, as she watches on from behind the camera on December 25, Maddie said: “I think when my grandfather died, he took a huge part of her [Frances] with her too.
“She hasn’t been the same since his death, but with time I’ve started to see the old her come back little by little.
“They did everything together – you’ve never seen two people love each other more.
“This is why I wanted to incorporate my grandfather into the gift somehow.
“I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to go through something like this without your other half at your side.
“I knew she’d want him there to wrap his arms around her, and that’s when the idea hit me.
“Over the years I’ve taken tonnes of his clothes home with me, so she wasn’t suspicious in the slightest.
“I was so excited for her to see it, I didn’t expect anything remotely close to what happened.
“It was just one of those moment where the flood of emotions just completely consumes you.
“I started to cry the second she broke down – the whole family was crying by the end of it.
“We could feel our grandfather with us, which is what made it even more special.
“My Grandmother told me it was the greatest gift she ever could’ve imagined.
“She has a few more weeks of chemotherapy and we will continue to be with her every step of the way.”