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50 Photos of People Taken Before They Die Show Why You Shouldn’t Take Your Loved Ones For Granted

It’s human nature to take things for granted, including people. We often wait until it is too late to appreciate the moments we have with our loved ones, but the following death bed photos will remind you to tell them all “I love you” every time you say goodbye – because you never know when it will be the last time.

This heartbreaking collection of sad photographs depicts the final photographs taken of people’s loved ones before they died. Some of the deaths were expected, such as those diagnosed with cancer; however, others, such as those caused by a car accident, caught their family and friends completely off guard, causing unfathomable grief. Scroll down to see the most recent beautiful photos taken in loving memory of those who have since passed away, and remember to hug your loved ones extra tight. Upvote the images and sad stories that have the most impact on you.

#1 

Hours before her death, my 96-year-old Grandma with my 100-year-old Grandpa. 77 Years Of Wedlock

My 96-Year-Old Grandma, With My 100-Year-Old Grandpa, Hours Before Her Death. 77 Years Of Marriage

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#2 

The Final Picture Of My Cousin Gary, Taken On September 11, 2001

The Final Picture Of My Cousin Gary, Taken On September 11, 2001

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#3 

I Snuck His Favorite Beer Into The Nursing Home For Him A Week Before He Passed Away

A Week Before My Grandfather Passed Away, I Snuck His Favorite Beer Into The Nursing Home For Him

It was his last beer ever

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#4 My good friend Bear is saying his goodbyes to his son and daughter. He died of pancreatic cancer the next evening.

My Good Friend Bear Telling His Son And Daughter Goodbye. He Died The Next Evening From Pancreatic Cancer

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#5 I decided to look up my mother’s house on Google Earth shortly after she died.

That’s her. Still gives me chills

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#6 

On Daughter’s Wedding Day, Dying Father Fulfills Last Wish To Walk Her Down The Aisle

Dying Father Fulfills Last Wish To Walk Daughter Down The Aisle On Her Wedding Day

He passed away 5 days after

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#7 

Last Pictures I Found Recently Of My Dad On His Old Tablet

Last Pictures I Found Recently Of My Dad On His Old Tablet

Thankfully, they’re all pictures of him being the goofy guy he was when he was alive

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#8 

Last Photo Taken Of My Older Brother As He Was Leaving For College

Last Photo Taken Of My Older Brother As He Was Leaving For College

He was the victim of a drinking and driving incident. I miss him every day

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#9 After 69 Years Of Marriage

After 69 Years Of Marriage

My grandpa was extremely attentive to my grandma up until her last breath. We lay her to rest on Monday at the age of 95

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#10 My 17-year-old brother was shot a few weeks ago, and this is the last photo I took of him.

My Little Brother (17) Was Shot A Few Weeks Ago And This Is The Last Pic I Took With Him

This was Christmas morning. I feel weird sharing this but I’m just so heartbroken

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#11 Last Image Of Thai Diver Saman Kunan

Last Image Of Thai Diver Saman Kunan

He was transporting oxygen tanks for a cave-trapped group of 12 boys and their coach. He got himself into trouble because he didn’t have enough air. After passing out in one of the passageways, he died.

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#12 

A Father Comforts His Son, David Kirby, On His Deathbed In Ohio, 1989

A Father Comforts His Son, David Kirby, On His Deathbed In Ohio, 1989

It is widely considered the photo that changed the face of AIDS

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#13 My Beautiful Mom Before She Rapidly Deteriorated From A Giloblastoma

My Beautiful Mom Before She Rapidly Deteriorated From A Giloblastoma

She walked into brain surgery with a smile on her face and it inspires me to always keep smiling even through hard times

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#14 

A Woman Suffering From Breast Cancer She Married Her Life’s Love

A Woman Battling Breast Cancer Married The Love Of Her Life

On December 22, just 18 hours before passing away. The couple had a ceremony at a hospital chapel in Connecticut

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#15 

My father passed away just a few days ago. He was in China last week on business and met a panda.My Dad Passed Away Yesterday. Just Last Week He Was In China Traveling And Met A Panda

Although this is one of the last photos of him, it is my favorite

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#16 At My Wedding, My Best Friend He Was Considered Brain Dead By The Time Our Reception Was Over

My Best Friend At My Wedding. By The Time Our Reception Was Over He Was Considered Brain Dead

I’m sure you can find out which one he was. He didn’t say a word about feeling weird but when we arrived he got an Uber and rode home. He had a random brain bleed that could not be operated

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#17 

When the windmill they were working on caught fire, two engineers died. It’s Possible That This Is Their Last Photograph.

Two Engineers Died When The Windmill They Were Working On Caught Fire. This Might Be The Last Picture Of Them

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#18 

My Grandfather passed away just a few moments ago. This photo was taken the day before yesterday.

My Grandfather Just Passed Minutes Ago. This Was Taken Yesterday

My grandma sat by his side like this for days. He escaped the Nazis, jumped a ship to the US. He suffered lung cancer from working in coal mines through his childhood

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#19 

I Made The Last Photo I Took Of My Mom Into A Tattoo

I Made The Last Photo I Took Of My Mom Into A Tattoo

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#20 

Last Picture Of My Husband Hugging Our Oldest Daughter

Last Picture Of My Husband Hugging Our Oldest Daughter

Taken days before he died of cardiac arrest during a seizure. I’ll miss him more than I can ever explain

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#21 

The Last Pictures I Ever Took Of My Mom

The Last Pictures I Ever Took Of My Mom

For her 60th birthday I surprised her with a chessboard cake, which she loved. A couple months later, she suddenly went into a coma on Christmas and never woke up

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#22 Last week, my father was in hospice care at home with his cat Brady. On Thursday afternoon, he lost his fight.

My Dad In Home Hospice Care Last Week With His Cat Brady. Lost His Fight Thursday Afternoon

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#23 

Photographer Captures A Photo Of The Mortar That Kills Her

Photographer Captures A Photo Of The Mortar That Kills Her

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#24 

This Is The Last Picture I Took Of My Husband When I Dropped Him Off At The Airport

This Is The Last Picture I Took Of My Husband When I Dropped Him Off At The Airport

4 days later he was found dead in his hotel room. I have no answers, my daughter has lost her father, and I am trying my best to pick up the pieces

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#25 

My Grandfather’s Last Photo, He Passed Away A Few Days Ago. The doctor was a falconer, and he arrived at the hospital with his falcon.

Last Photo Of My Grandfather, He Passed Away A Couple Of Days Ago. The Doctor Was A Falconer And Brought His Falcon To The Hospital

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#26 

My Grandma Proudly Displays Her Guests’ Preparations. We Called An Ambulance 9 Minutes Ahead of Schedule

My Grandma Shows Off With Her Preparations For Guests. Exactly 9 Minutes Before We Called An Ambulance

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#27 

My Dad Passed Away From A Brain Tumor. It Was The Last Time I Saw Him

My Dad Passed Away From A Brain Tumor. It Was The Last Time I Saw Him

This photo was taken the day I went back to university. He died 3 days later

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#28 

This Is The Last Pic I Have Of My Dad And I, Taken On Christmas Day This Year

This Is The Last Pic I Have Of My Dad And I, Taken On Christmas Day This Year

He lost his 14 month battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer today

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#29 

The Last Image Of My Best Friend Tara (24) And Her Sister Pippa (21)

The Last Image Of My Best Friend Tara (24) And Her Sister Pippa (21)

Taken at the end of a 3-month trip around Morocco. They both died a day later in a car accident, as they started their journey back home to the UK for their mum’s birthday

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#30 

My Brother (Left) Took His Life Earlier This Month

My Brother (Left) Took His Life Earlier This Month

This is the last photo of us together, perfectly describing the relationship we had

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#31 

Last Saturday, a woman at my workplace died of cancer.A Woman At My Work Passed Away Last Saturday From Cancer

When my boss picked up her work phone yesterday she had deleted all of its content except for this picture

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#32 

This is the last photograph I have of my brother and me, taken just days before he was murdered in February of this year.

This Is The Last Picture Of My Brother And I, Taken Days Before He Was Murdered This February

He was only 17. I miss him terribly

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#33 

This was the last image I had with my grandmother, and it was a hilarious face-swap.

The Last Image I Ever Had With My Grandma Was This Hilarious Face-Swap

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#34 

Last Picture I Took Of My Dad, 2 Weeks Before He Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

Last Picture I Took Of My Dad, 2 Weeks Before He Was Diagnosed With Lung Cancer

My cat and dog loved him. He died 4 months after

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#35 

My Parents Quietly Talking After My Dad’s Giloblastoma Diagnosis

My Parents Quietly Talking After My Dad's Giloblastoma Diagnosis

Tomorrow we put my sweet father to rest. Love you forever dad

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#36 

My Dad In Intensive Care. He Died Of Liver Failure Shortly After This

My Dad In Intensive Care. He Died Of Liver Failure Shortly After This

He was always up for a laugh right to the end, his favourite saying was ‘fat but good looking’

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#37 

My Father, SFC Shawn Dostie, Holding Up Pictures Of My Sister And I

My Father, SFC Shawn Dostie, Holding Up Pictures Of My Sister And I

We sent him our photos for Christmas. He died just six days after this photo was taken

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#38 

My father, who is dying of emphysema, is reading an anti-smoking pamphlet I made him when I was a child in the hospital.

My Dad, In The Hospital Dying Of Emphysema, Reading An Anti-Smoking Pamphlet I Made Him When I Was A Kid

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#39 

This Is The Last Photo I Have Of My Pop

This Is The Last Photo I Have Of My Pop

He just passed away after turning 97. I never said goodbye

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#40 

My Best Friend (Left) And Myself For Our Last Ride Together

My Best Friend (Left) And Myself For Our Last Ride Together

Two weeks after that day we got mugged and he died knifed to the heart

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#41 

The Last Moments Of Claire Wineland Before She Went Into Surgery For A 2x Lung Transplant

The Last Moments Of Claire Wineland Before She Went Into Surgery For A 2x Lung Transplant

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#42 

My Granddaddy Passed Away Tonight At The Age Of 91

My Granddaddy Passed Away Tonight At The Age Of 91

This was a few months ago, after he got his new wheelchair. This is how I will remember him: happy and full of life

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#43 

Geologist David A. Johnston, 13 Hours Before His Death At The 1980 Eruption Of Mount St. Helens

Geologist David A. Johnston, 13 Hours Before His Death At The 1980 Eruption Of Mount St. Helens

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#44 

My Son’s Last Photo – Died 5 Minutes Later Due To Shallow Water Black Out

My Son's Last Photo - Died 5 Minutes Later Due To Shallow Water Black Out

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#45 

My Mother, Easter Of 1986. Hospitalized With Terminal Cancer

My Mother, Easter Of 1986. Hospitalized With Terminal Cancer

She died in July but this was the last time she let herself to be photographed (I was 2 and a half)

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#46 

The Last Photo I Have Of My Grandma (And Mom, After A Long Night Of Drinks)

The Last Photo I Have Of My Grandma (And Mom, After A Long Night Of Drinks)

She passed in November after a very brief battle with lung cancer. She was 63. I’m thankful for memories like these

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#47 

Anthony Bourdain’s Final Self-Portrait on Twitter, Taken in Hong Kong

Anthony Bourdain In Hong Kong, The Final Picture Of Himself On Twitter

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#48 

Last Photo Of Friend Who Fell 25 Feet To His Death

Last Photo Of Friend Who Fell 25 Feet To His Death

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#49 

Jason Gaviati, the Keyboardist for famous violinist Lindsey Stirling, has posted his final Instagram post.

This Is The Last Instagram Post By Famous Violinist Lindsey Stirling's Keyboardist, Jason Gaviati

He was diagnosed with burkitt’s lymphoma and passed away on Nov 21st

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