A man in China has married his partner’s corpse during her funeral to show his love for her after she lost her battle with breast cancer.
The heart-broken groom, 35-year-old Xu Shinan, hoped that the wedding ceremony could realise his late fiancée’s dream of being a bride.
The special ceremony took place on Saturday morning in the funeral parlour of Dalian in eastern China.
It was witnessed by the families and friends of the couple.
‘Wife, please don’t worry! For me, the rest of my life will be in pain, but I will not give up,’ Xu said.
Yang died on October 14 at the age of 34 after battling with cancer for five and a half years.
Xu said he had stayed by the side of Yang’s body 24 hours a day for seven days since her death, which is folklore in China to pay respect to the departed.
My wife used to say that nobody was allowed to cry should she die. I was holding back my tears on the day, but when [her body] was sent for cremation, I couldn’t fight it anymore, Xu said.
The couple’s story was featured in a recent report by Dalian Evening News.
According to the newspaper, Xu and Yang were university classmates.
They got to know each other by having long chats through the internet and fell in love in August 2007.
The couple registered their marriage in August 2013 and started to prepare for their wedding.
But their life was turned upside down three months later when Yang began to experience pain in her chest.
The bride-to-be, 28 years old at the time, was diagnosed with breast cancer the following March.
Yang went through surgery and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but she never cried and was always smiling, recalled Xu.
She documented her treatment through her account on Twitter-like Weibo, hoping to inspire other cancer patients.
Yang’s health deteriorated in May this year and had to be hospitalised in Dalian.
Xu said she suffered from a series of complications and became bed-bound in July after sustaining serious bone fractures caused by sneezing.
She was knocked into a coma on October 6 and pronounced dead a week later.
She couldn’t even recognise me in the end and we didn’t bid farewell, the devastated man said.