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In this Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 photo provided by Ashley Bartyik, her grandparents Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, cry as they say goodbye near the end of a visit with each other in Wolfram's elderly care home in Surrey. The couple, who are in their 80s, were separated into two different care homes a half an hour apart after 62 years of marriage because no beds were available together. (Ashley Bartyik via AP)

This photo of an elderly couple crying is breaking hearts worldwide


A Facebook photo of an elderly couple crying and holding hands is breaking hearts all over the world. 

Wolf and Anita Gottschalk of Surrey, B.C., have been married for 62 years, but recently they were admitted into separate nursing homes, according to CNN. 

For the last eight months the couple has been forced to live apart and every other day, a member of their family drives them 40 minutes to see one another. 

Their granddaughter, Ashley Bartyik, told CNN the two are in tears every time they say goodbye. 

"It's an emotional outburst from both of them," Bartyik told CNN.

Bartyik, who takes care of her grandparents full-time, told CNN she posted the photo on Facebook, hoping to attract the attention of her local community. Since she posted it, however, it's gained international attention. 

Wolf Gottschalk, 83, was placed in Yale Road Centre in January after suffering from congestive heart failure, according to CNN.

Then, his 81-year-old wife, Anita, was placed in a home 40 minutes away.

The couple's family is now pleading with the healthcare authority Fraser Health to help them reunite.

We want justice for my grandparents who after 62 years together deserve to spend their last moments in the same building.
Bartyik wrote

To make matters worse, Wolf Gottschalk who already suffers from dementia, was also diagnosed with lymphoma this week. 

Although Wolf Gottschalk's memory of his wife is still intact, Bartyik said she worries that too will fade. 

"The time is ticking now more than ever before," she told CNN.

A spokeswoman for Fraser Health said the company is committed to reuniting the couple, but Bartyik wrote on Facebook that no one from Fraser has contacted the family. 

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