Grandad's final wish to share a beer with sons has Twitter in tears
A picture of a dying grandfather sharing a beer with his loved ones has touched people all over the world.
87-year-old Norbert Schemm, who hails from Appleton, Wisconsin had a simple request for his final moments: to be with the people he loved most and share a beer with them.
The family reminisced and laughed together, before posing for a photograph that was later shared to Twitter by Schemm's grandson, Adam.
These bikers came together to fulfil a dying man's last wish:
And the image was met by an overwhelming reaction from strangers all over the world; Adam's tweet has had more than 32,000 retweets and 327,000 likes at the time of writing.
"My grandfather passed away today. Last night all he wanted to do was to have one last beer with his sons."
The BBC reports Adam as saying of his grandfather:
"My grandpa had been relatively healthy over the course of his life but it was on the Sunday last week while he was in hospital that they realised it would be the end. He called his grandchildren to tell us on the Monday. We took the picture Tuesday night and then he died from stage four colon cancer on Wednesday."
"My dad told us that grandpa had wanted a beer and now when I look at that picture it gives me solace.
"I can tell my grandpa is smiling. He's doing what he wanted to do - it was an impromptu moment."
He revealed that he was initially unsure as to whether to post the image, due to its bittersweet context, but he says it has helped with the grief his family is experiencing:
"It's actually helped us with our grief. It's comforting to see that my grandparents and their children were all together in his final moments."
And in an incredibly touching turn of events, other Twitter users have been replying to Adam's tweet to share images of their own loved ones, and their own stories.
Adam's photo has led to strangers all over the world coming together in memory of their own loved ones online, and that's a beautiful thing.