This Photo Has Been Named “The Saddest Picture Ever Taken”

A photo depicting an elderly couple holding hands before being separated has gathered public attention on the internet.
Wolf and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, B.C, have been married for 62 years. However, they were admitted into separate nursing homes and for the past 8 months, they have been forced to live away from each other.

Every other day, a family member drives 40 minutes so that the couple could see each other. Every time they have to say goodbye, there is a river of tears…

“It’s an emotional outburst from both of them,” Bartyik told CNN.

Saddest picture ever taken

Image: Ashley Bartyik

Bartyik, 29, cares for the Gottschalks full time. She was the one who posted the picture on Facebook, hoping that it would get some sort of attention and ultimately help the elderly couple.

“We want justice for my grandparents who after 62 years together deserve to spend their last moments in the same building,” her post reads.

“The time is ticking now more than ever before,” she told CNN.

This is the elderly couple during happier times:

Saddest picture ever taken

Image: Ashley Bartyik

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Video: CTV