Man Keeps Wife's Spirit Alive By Recreating Her Photos With Their Kid

Indrani Sengupta
This bittersweet photo series will make you laugh, cry, and call your parents immediately. Here's a family making the best of an unspeakable tragedy.

Rafael del Col's wife, Tatiane Valques, passed away in a car accident in 2013. So the Brazilian blogger decided to honor her by recreating some of the portraits they had taken together a week before their 2009 wedding—with their 4-year-old daughter Raisinha in Tatiane's place.

Del Col got the idea after reading about a man who'd lost his wife to cancer, and has recreated his wedding photos with his daughter.

The results are heartwarming and heartbreaking all in one. Raisinha was dressed up in a little makeup and a pair of her mother's shoes, and asked to strike the same poses as in the original pictures. The little girl had lost her mother before she even reached her first birthday, but now she had an opportunity to feel palpably close to her mom once more.

In a few pictures, she even donned the same beaded necklace her mother once wore, though it was far too long for her (this, admittedly, added to the cuteness factor).

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Raisinha was treated to the full glamor treatment, from makeup artists to wind machines. And she hardly stops smiling for even a moment, through the entire process.

The photo shoot looks like it was a blast, and a great bonding experience between father and daughter. Best of all, it likely taught Raisinha how best to keep her mother's memory alive—by emulating her brightness and spirit.

Del Col began his blog as a way to cope with the grief of early widowhood, and offer support to others in similar situations. On it, he writes:

"Shortly after I lost my wife, I was seeking help regarding early widowhood and also paternity without the presence of the mother and found almost nothing."

"Now, thank God, things are adjusting slowly, my daughter is well, and is growing, developing normally."

"But beside my responsibilities with my princess, I need to deal with feelings of grief, and the loss of my partner with whom I lived for 10 wonderful years."

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