A heartbroken man named Ben Cooper married his 44-year-old partner, Jen, in a swift yet beautiful ceremony that took place at the hospice.
The love of his life was on the verge of saying goodbye to the world forever, so he decided to part with the vows of eternal love. A heartbroken man named Ben Cooper married his 44-year-old partner, Jen, in a swift yet beautiful ceremony that took place at the hospice.
The 34-year-old donned a brown, three-piece suit while his bride wore a lovely white gown during the tear-jerking ceremony. "I love the wedding that I had. It was really special," said Ben recalling the special day. "I was babbling, trying to say sorry for a lot of things."
"I was worried the kids were going to be really disappointed that this big wedding they’d been planning with their mom for weeks and weeks and weeks wasn’t going to happen," he noted, according to The Epoch Times. "[But] they were just happy that we got married." Ben is now the stepfather of Jen's two sons (ages 15 and 12) and shares three daughters (ages 9, 8, and 5) between them.
I finally married the love of my life on Wednesday. Not the day we had planned but amazing. I’m heart broken that this marriage will be counted in days not years. Don’t put things off, tell the people you love that you love them now pic.twitter.com/3i7UVlghPp— Ben Cooper (@bcoops_online) November 19, 2021
The two first met at a university. "She walked in the room on the first day: beautiful. I thought I’d give her a big cheesy grin … she smiled back," he recalled. "I didn’t ever think we’d get together. She was 10 years older than me, she was absolutely stunning; as far as I was aware, she had a happy life, married life, children, but I just knew that I wanted to be with her, be near her, be her friend."
At the end of their first year, Jen separated from her husband, and the following semester, Ben worked up the courage to ask her out. Since then, they were "pretty much inseparable." He popped the question 11 years ago but then in 2013, Jen's battle with breast cancer began and they postponed their big day. She managed to beat the disease and was cancer-free for five years, But later in 2019, Jen found a lump in her armpit. From there, her condition took a turn for the worse.
Their wedding was supposed to be a rather big affair but Jen's deteriorating condition prompted them to expedite their nuptial plants. Nonetheless, the small wedding ceremony was quite special as well as it included stories, tears, champagne, and a relaxing hand massage for the bride.
Lots of people have seen Jen in her dress on our wedding day, she was so beautiful but so poorly. I was sent this photo tonight of the first time she tried it on. I want to share it with you guys pic.twitter.com/UdL20AM3FQ— Ben Cooper (@bcoops_online) December 8, 2021
Following his wedding, Ben shared a photo of the memorable day on Twitter with the caption, "I finally married the love of my life on Wednesday. Not the day we had planned but amazing. I’m heartbroken that this marriage will be counted in days not years. Don’t put things off, tell the people you love that you love them now."
Just two days after the beautiful marriage, Jen tragically lost her battle with cancer. When Ben received the call about his newlywed bride nearing her end, he rushed to the hospice to spend the remaining time with her. "I just sat with her and read my book, or talked to her instead of things I wanted to say," he recalled. "She got quiet."
That night, she became extremely sick and Ben held her hand, while a nurse sat down beside him and held his hand. "I made a stupid joke because the TV had been on all night," he shared. "The last thing she heard was, 'All of your kids love you,' and she was gone."
Cover image source: Twitter | Ben Cooper