A man has paid tribute to the woman he lived with up unto her deeath in what was an unusual and unique partnership. 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!
In the years that followed, the two became closer and closer, communicating on a daily basis and learning more about each other’s lives. Unfortunately, as Norma grew older, her health began to decline, and after a trip to the hospital, the doctors determined that she needed round-the-clock care. Chris spent more time after that watching after Norma, making sure she was secure and doing duties around the house, as well as going to the shop.
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. “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.”
Norma passed just a short time later, but she was fortunate to spend her final days with someone who genuinely cared about her. “I’m so glad I was able to give her this gift of spending her final days at home,” Chris added. I can’t image going through the end of your life in a hospital without your friends or pets by your side.
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.”