Widower Recreates Photos Of His Late Wife With Their Daughter

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In 2011, Rafael Del Col lost his pregnant wife, Tatiane “Tati” Valques, in a car accident. Not only did he lose his wife and unborn child, but the 30-year-old widower was left to raise their 1-year-old daughter, Raisa, alone.

Six months later, Rafael created a blog in an effort to navigate early widowhood and being a single dad. He wrote out his thoughts and feelings and sought support, but something was missing; Rafael searched for the right way to honor Tati.

A few years later, Rafael realized the perfect, proper tribute he’d been holding out for. He remembered a set of professional photos that he and Tati shot just before their wedding in 2009.

Rafael decided to recreate these images — but with a very special twist…

In 2013, Tati died in a tragic car accident. She left behind her husband and 2-year-old daughter. Tati was also pregnant with their second child at the time.

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One week before their 2009 wedding, Tati and Rafael shot a series of photos.

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In November of 2014, Rafael recreated these photos — this time with his daughter, Raisa, in place of her mother.

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“The necklace worn by Raisa is the same Mom wore five years ago.”

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“She’s also wearing the same high heels.”

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“Our dog, Raul, is the same as well. I bought this dog for Tati in the beginning of our relationship.”

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O diário da Raisinha

“I hope you do not see this project as sad. We still live this pain, the longing, but we are well, we are happy.”

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“Now, thank God, things are adjusting slowly, my daughter is healthy, and is growing and developing normally.”

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“Besides the responsibility of taking care of my princess, I need to deal with feelings of grief, the loss of my partner, with whom I lived for 10 wonderful years.”

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What an incredible way to honor his late wife, and the mother of their children. Please SHARE this wonderful tribute with your friends on Facebook.

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