An elderly man from Ningbo has written a letter to his late wife every day for the past four years to help him overcome the grief caused by her passing.
According to the Ningbo Evening News, Chen Xiukang has now written more than 1.5 million Chinese characters as he seeks to console himself following the death of his wife who died in 2012.
While initially the letters started off at a modest 1,000 characters in length, they gradually grew to more than 2,000 characters long.
The pair married in 1967 and had only met each other three times prior to tying the knot. “We did not really live as a couple until our children had left home and gone out to work,” said Chen. “Only after that did we begin to enjoy our lives.”
Chen told reporters that after his wife passed away, he realized he still had so much to say to her. “Although the two of us were very emotional, we would keep our distance from each other,” he said. “Now I think back to that time and realize I was so foolish.”
Over the past four years, Chen has chronicled almost every major event in his life through his letters. He surprised himself by how much he had written and felt that he was unable to stop because it made him feel as if his wife was standing beside him.