It’s never easy losing a loved one—especially a parent. They’re the first people we ever met. They raise us and pour wisdom, truth and unconditional love into our tiny little bodies all the way through adulthood.
Photos and small possessions are what most people have left when their parents pass on, but for one Florida woman, it was Google that provided her comfort after losing her mother.
Before moving to the United States in 2015, Denise Underhill had grown up in the small town of Tamworth in Staffordshire, England. She had wonderful memories of the place she was raised in, but moved to Florida after her mother’s death.
The transition was bittersweet, for obvious reasons, but there were days that Denise missed home more than others.
On one particular day, she used Google Earth to find a street view of her mother’s house.
Since being sold, Denise knew it may look different than when her mother had lived there, but something about seeing the street where she grew up, and the house that was her home, brought her comfort.
Little did she know, Google Earth had something even better in store for her.
“I got the BIGGEST surprise EVER!” Denise says. “I just couldn’t believe it. At the foot of the driveway was my mother. She was watering the garden, just as she always did. I was absolutely astounded—it made my day.”
It turns out that Google had taken the street view picture while Denise’s mother was still alive. It was completely unexpected, and an absolutely wonderful gift.
“I was absolutely astounded—it made my day. You never know what photos are being taken but they really do last a lifetime. I think someone wanted me to see this.”
More than just another photo, this image is a surprise that came to Denise when she needed it most. It’s now a cherished possession, and Denise could not be more thankful for it.