Young Father Keeps Beloved Wife’s Memory for His Daughter in a Beautiful Way

As someone who lost her father when I was only 10-years-old, there was something that struck me about the following story. I hope it will touch your heart as much as it has mine.

In 2011 a beautiful and inspired schoolteacher, 31, passed away from a rare form of lung cancer. Ali Nunery left behind her husband Ben and daughter Olivia, then only 1-year-old.

They lived in a quaint Cincinnati home, packed with myriad memories. Two years after Ali’s death, there came the time to move forward and sell their house. After all the furniture and keepsakes were packed away, Ben got an idea…

“I was just really looking for a way to say farewell to the house, and have some things that Olivia and I can have to… remember the house,” Ben told “When Ali and I got married, we closed on the house the day before our wedding, so we did wedding photos in the empty house.”

To capture the home he had so cherished with Ali, he asked his sister-in-law Melanie Pace to photograph he and Olivia. Above are the beautiful results.

My heart goes out to Ben and Olivia as they continue to rebuild their lives. When my father died, I remember realizing (the best I could) that the people and things that surrounded me weren’t as permanent as I once thought them to be. Life inevitability requires that we adjust and grow — whether we like it or not. The pains we suffer and the losses we incur seem so senseless at times.

But as Ben, Olivia, and Ben’s sister-in-law reveal, stepping forward into the unknown is best done when we dare to remember and cherish the past.

Thank you Ben for your courage. May Olivia grow into a beautiful human being.

Learn more about Ben Nunery and his mission.

Photos: Melanie Tracy Pace / Loft3 Photography