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A widowed father, in a tribute to his late wife who died of cancer at 31, staged a photoshoot with the couple's young daughter that's as gorgeous as it is sad as a sort of "farewell" to the house the family once shared. Seriously, grab the onions and a large knife; you're going to need a solid cry alibi to explain away the tears that are about to rain down your face.

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Illustration for article titled An Incredibly Touching Father/Daughter Tribute to Mom Who Died Young

Shortly before Ben Nunnery married Ali in 2009, they purchased a home together. In anticipation of the life they'd build and share within its walls, they had their wedding photos taken inside. Two short years later, Ali had died of cancer, leaving behind a grieving husband and a little girl named Olivia. Before Ben and Olivia moved out of the home and into a more suitable place for the two of them, they scheduled a photoshoot that mirrored Ben and Ali's wedding photos.

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Stay with me, here. I swear this a Nicholas Sparks pitch.

Illustration for article titled An Incredibly Touching Father/Daughter Tribute to Mom Who Died Young

The photos were taken by Ali's sister, Melanie Tracy Pace, which... OH MY GOD WHY AM I SOBBING?

Illustration for article titled An Incredibly Touching Father/Daughter Tribute to Mom Who Died Young
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HOLY FUCK IT'S LIKE LURLENE MCDANIEL'S PINTEREST BOARD.

Illustration for article titled An Incredibly Touching Father/Daughter Tribute to Mom Who Died Young
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Jesus tear duct rupturing Christ. This is gorgeous and I need to find a thing and hug it before I collapse into a singularity of sadness. BRB.

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Ben is an acquaintance of mine and a lot of friends have been posting the link to this Today show article/slideshow that has more of his perspective on the shoot:
http://www.today.com/news/moms-memo…
Ben wrote about the experience, saying: "Many people have asked me how I felt while doing that photo session. What I want them to know is that this isn't a story about grief and loss and hurt. Yes, I've gone through those emotions and still do but that's not what I want people to see in these photos. This is a story about love."

There's also a link to Melanie's blog post, which is really beautiful and will make you want to hug someone you love and then donate to cancer research.