The two sisters’ love came to an emotional end when they reunited for what would likely be the last time after traveling to see each other became too much for both of them.
After visiting each other regularly over the years, Barbara Carolan, 94, who lives in New Hampshire in the United States, and her sister Shirley, 90, who lives in Nevada, met in person for the last times.
A feeling video posted by Barbara’s granddaughter, Stephanie Shively, shows the last time the couple shared a tearful goodbye.
Their most recent visit before this special reunion was three years ago, with siblings Barbara and Shirley wanting to pay each other one last visit.
In the footage, Barbara, also known as “Gigi”, can be seen talking to her sister and discussing how this will likely be the last time they see each other.
Shirley said: “If we don’t see each other on this earth, I will see you in heaven. »
Barbara Carolan, 94 (pictured left) and Shirley, 90 (pictured right) live a three-hour flight apart, a difficult journey for the elderly couple to make.
To which her older sister, Barbara, tearfully reiterated: “You bet.”
Shirley asked Barbara not to say goodbye, stating, “Until we meet again.” That’s it.’
Stephanie, 47, revealed she organized the trip for her elderly grandmother’s birthday in September.
Barbara had reiterated to Stephanie that this would be her last trip to see her sister Shirley in person.
She told viewers she overheard her elderly relatives having an emotional conversation early in the morning before their flight home.
She revealed: “I just decided to record it so that maybe I could show it to my grandmother one day when we get home and show her how special their last conversation in person was. “
“I pray they see each other again,” she added, “we’ll see how it goes.”
Stephanie shared this heartwarming video to encourage others to rekindle their relationships with long-lost family members.
She said: “I wanted to film this for my children to show them what brotherly love looks like.
“A lot of people who saw it said it encouraged them to reach out to their family members and that life is so short.”
Stephanie Shivley captured the emotional moment between her great aunt and grandmother early in the morning, just before she returned with her grandmother. Shirley told her sister not to say goodbye and that they would see each other again
She explained why she made the trip with her grandmother: “I brought Gigi from New Hampshire to Nevada because she and her sister hadn’t seen each other in three years.
“They wanted to try to have an extra visit together, because they are older and the travel is hard for them.
She continued: “They have done this many times in their lives, but due to age and distance, this is probably the last time.”
“Before, they saw each other more often, but they haven’t seen each other since 2020.”
Barbara’s granddaughter added emotionally: “It was so special to watch and see. I knew taking her to see her sister for what she calls “her last time” was going to be special.
“I had no idea how special it was until I captured the goodbye.”
Barbara (left) and Shirley (right) when they were younger
This comes weeks after pen pals Patsy Gregory and Carol-Ann Krause fulfilled their “lifelong wish” to meet face to face.
Patsy, originally from Chorley, and Carol-Ann, who resides across the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, have been in correspondence for 68 years.
They began their transatlantic correspondence in 1955, sharing 800 letters between them during this period.
The two octogenarians have not let distance separate their friendship as they have never missed a birthday, Christmas or even a wedding anniversary.
Thanks to Pasty’s daughter, Steph Calam, 57, and her family, the two were finally able to meet in the flesh.
Pictured left: Barbara, also known as Gigi, can be seen waving and blowing kisses to her younger sister for what could be the last time. On the right, Stephanie, 47, who organized the trip for her grandmother, who expressed her desire to see her sister for the last time.
The Chorley woman thought she would only get a surprise birthday party, but was stunned when her family offered her a ticket to the US to see her lifelong pen pal.
Pasty traveled 4,000 miles to see the woman she had been talking to since she was 12 years old.
Describing their first meeting, Patsy said: “It was quite emotional, it was lovely. I recognized her immediately, she looked like her photo.
“I didn’t feel any nerves, I was excited. It was great to finally meet her.
“It felt like I saw her last week because we’ve known each other for so long.”
But Carol Ann was slightly more nervous about their first meeting, describing herself as “a bundle of nerves” before their very first meeting.
The two continued to share common interests as they grew older, despite the thousands of miles separating them.
The lifelong friends talked at length about their relationships while visiting local hot spots and enjoying great food.