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Gravestone shared by twin sisters who lived to two very different ages

Gravestone shared by twin sisters who lived to two very different ages

"She had to live for both of them."

A heartbreaking gravestone is shared by twin sisters who lived to two very different ages.

A photo of the memorial site of twins Emily and Minnie Dodsworth was shared by Reddit user winooskiwinter.

At a first glance, nothing appears to be out of the ordinary, with both siblings having been born on 10 November 1910.

But on closer inspection you'll see that while Minnie lived all the way to 101 years old, her twin died just two days after birth.

These twin sisters lived to very different ages.

That means Minnie, who passed away in 2011, lived a long and healthy life but without her sister by her side.

On the gravestone, a short message for Emily reads: "Adieu sweet babe, short was thy stay, just looked around, then called away."

Hundreds of people have commented on the heartbreaking image, with one writing that while it is interesting, it is 'also depressing'.

Another pondered: "I wonder how I'd feel about it. At a certain point it's just a bit of trivia about yourself right?

"I wonder if you'd ever really think about what your twin would have meant to you, or if it's just another thing to pull out during 'two truths and a lie'."

A third simply wrote: "She had to live for both of them."

One Redditor even managed to get hold of Minnie's obituary after someone pointed out that there was no message for her on the gravestone.

The obit reads: "Born in Halifax, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Ada (Morgan) Dodsworth.

"For years she was the secretary at West End United Baptist Church, and provided piano accompaniment with the organist at regular services as well as their other church functions.

"She was devoted to her church and gave many long hours. She is survived by her sister-in-law Jean Dodsworth and niece Nancy, both of Vancouver, B.C.

Many pondered how different the sisters' lives could have been had they both survived.

"She was predeceased by her twin sister Emily and brother Harold."

In response to the eulogy, a commenter said, "So weird to think that this woman had no idea that 10 years after her death a large group of people would care enough to read and discuss her obituary," adding that it's 'kinda cool'.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

Featured Image Credit: winooskiwinter/reddit

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