An elderly couple that has been married for 76 years had one reason to be thankful this year: they could finally spend the holidays together.
Herbert Hale, 92, and Alice, 95, were forced to stay apart for 8 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just before March, Alice joined the Bledsoe County Nursing Home as a resident, but Herbert visited her daily.
But then COVID-19 hit, restrictions were put into place, and he could no longer visit, according to WRCB-TV.
While Sharla Harris, activities director, said the facility was fortunate enough to have no COVID cases and were able to continue group activities, Herbert wasn’t allowed to participate anymore.
Recently, Herbert was admitted as a resident two weeks ago but placed under quarantine.
When his self-isolation period was over, the team at the nursing home was finally able to reunite the couple for the first time.
Best of all, it happened on the couple's 76th wedding anniversary.
The celebration was grand as the facility went out of its way to decorate the dining room and provide the couple with their favorite dishes including wings and pizza.
“There wasn’t staff with a dry eye nowhere. It was so sweet. Just to know they were together. You couldn’t imagine how it felt,” Harris said.
The nursing home reached another celebratory milestone in October when a resident turned 105!
Another couple in suburban Illinois recently celebrated their 76th anniversary this past summer, but were separated during the pandemic. Mary, 93, got sick first with COVID-19 and was hospitalized. Gail Grazian, said it was the first time her parents had ever been separated, but Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove gave Mary and her husband, Carmen, their blessing to be reunited.
Carmen, 98, died shortly after, but but not before spending the final six days of his life with his love. Mary was eventually released from the hospital.