31-Year-Old Man Invited 89-Year-Old Neighbour To Live With Him To Spend Her Last Days In Company

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A man has paid tribute to the woman he lived with up unto her death in what was an unusual and unique partnership.

31-Year-Old Man Invited 89-Year-Old Neighbour To Live With Him To Spend Her Last Days In Company

When Chris Salvatore, who is 31, moved into the local area, he didn’t know anyone. However, he soon became friendly with the 85-year-old woman who lived next door, Norma Cook, who lived alone with her cat Hermes.

Throughout the years that followed, the two would come closer and closer, speaking daily and learning more and more about each other’s lives

 

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Sadly, as Norma aged, her health began to deteriorate and after a visit to the hospital, the doctors stated that she required care 24/7. Chris then spent more of his time looking after Norma, making sure she was safe and carrying out chores around the house, while also making trips to the local store.

Chris, knowing Norma was struggling, even set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Norma’s medical costs.

However, as he moved away, he realised that he couldn’t leave Norma behind, and the pair decided to move in together.

Chris said:

“She couldn’t be happier that I asked. I was over there visiting most days anyway. The only other option was for her to go into a facility. I just couldn’t do that to someone who is like my own grandmother.”

Sadly, Norma passed a while later, but was able to spend her last days with someone who cared for her deeply. Chris said:

“I’m so happy I was able to give her this gift of living her last days at home. I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through the end of your life at a hospital without your friends or pets. We always watch the news. We mostly talk and drink Champagne and eat peanuts. It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that earlier this morning the world lost a truly inspiring, beautiful woman. Norma is now resting peacefully in the eternal and while she may no longer physically be with us, her spirit will continue to fill the hearts of so many people… May you rest in peace my sweet sweet lady, Norma.”

“Norma is now resting peacefully in the eternal and while she may no longer physically be with us, her spirit will continue to fill the hearts of so many people,” Salvatore wrote on Facebook.

“This year Norma has helped the world see the true meaning of Valentine’s Day. To love another is not about living struggle free or never experiencing hurt or loss, but to fully and deeply open our hearts to one another without fear,” Salvatore continued.

Salvatore first met Cook when he moved across the hall from her apartment four years ago, and the two bonded immediately.

Salvatore says his neighbor would often wave to him from her kitchen window, and eventually he decided to walk over to introduce himself by knocking on her door.

Over the next four years, the two grew close through their many champagne happy hours and dinner parties. Salvatore also helped Cook out whenever he could by driving her to the doctors, the bank, the pharmacy and even going with her to vote this past November (Cook wore a Nasty Woman shirt to the polls, leaving no ambiguity over who she cast her ballot for.)

Salvatore would regularly post pictures with Norma, under the hashtag #MyNeighborNorma, and the two created somewhat of a following online.

As Cook’s health deteriorated, doctors said she would not longer be able to live alone unless she had 24-hour care, something she did not have the funds for.

Salvatore helped raise over US$30,000 (NZ$41,528) for her medical expenses, and then went a step further, inviting Cook to move in with him.

The two spent their time cooking, watching the news and enjoying, as always, a little champagne.

“Norma reminded me that we all are created to love and all desire to be loved,’ Salvatore said following her death on Wednesday. “Each of us is lovable even with all of our differences. Love has no boundaries.”

“Perhaps Norma’s lasting legacy is that her story helped the world to see the true meaning of love.”

 

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