Woman reveals joy as husband who couldn’t remember marriage proposes

Woman ‘remarries’ husband with dementia who can’t remember her name or their relationship – after he proposed and told her he ‘wants to be with her forever’

  • Anne Duncan, from Scotland, revealed her joy in a now viral Facebook post 
  • Told husband Bill had become unaware of their relationship due to dementia
  • Stunned when he revealed he really liked her and wanted to be together ‘forever’
  • Two days later, couple had small ceremony in garden and renewed their vows
  • Social media users were left amazed by the post,  with one calling it ‘so beautiful’

A woman has revealed her joy after her husband who suffers from dementia and had been unable to remember their relationship asked her to marry him.

Anne Duncan, from Scotland, revealed her husband of 12 years Bill had suffered from dementia and in the last 12 months had struggled to remember their relationship or even her name.

She revealed in a now-viral Facebook post that she was stunned when her husband told he he wanted to be with her forever, asking ‘when’ they could get married. 

The couple conducted a small ceremony in their garden two days later, with Anne calling the special day ‘wonderful’. 

Anne Duncan said she was left stunned when her husband Bill, who had been unable to remember their relationship for the past year after suffering from dementia, had asked her if he could ‘keep her forever’

She revealed she and her husband had renewed their vows in a small ceremony in their garden, calling it ‘wonderful’

Explaining her husband’s illness, she said: ‘My wonderful husband of 12 years, Bill , told me that he wanted to marry me . Now, as most of you reading this will know, Bill has been living with dementia for nine years.

‘For the past year or so Bill has been unaware of our relationship, and no longer knows my name.’

She said she was ‘really touched’ when Bill told her that he ‘really really liked me and wanted to be with me forever’.

‘Bill doesn’t use many words now and finds it hard to express himself, but I got lots of kisses and hugs as I accepted his “proposal”. 

Anne shared a series of pictures from the day, including one picture from their first wedding 12 years ago 

The couple decorated the garden with bunting and flowers before saying their adapted vows with friends and family 

Anne’s friends and family helped her to prepare for the big day, with her daughter helping her choose a dress  

She added: ‘It was so lovely. Another memory to treasure.’

Anne explained: ‘What I wasn’t prepared for was that he’d remember the next day. He wanted to know when we were getting married.’

Stunned that he was able to remember the moment, Anne told her daughter Andrea, who said that she needed a wedding dress. 

She revealed: ‘So I got a dress that afternoon, expecting to return it unworn. But Bill was still remembering on Friday.’

Anne said she felt ‘so blessed’ to be support by family and close friends who helped she and Bill enjoy their lives together 

Together the couple bought a ‘special cakes’ from the supermarket and a family member gave Anne flowers for her hair.

Meanwhile another friend planned and prepared renewal of vows with ‘a special bit for Bill so he felt we were getting married’.

Anne explained: ‘Next day, with beautiful homemade bunting made by Lynne the day before, a beautiful flower arrangement made by Eva, perfect flowers from Susan for my bouquet, stunning weather all day, and my wonderful family around me, Bill and I got “married” again.’

She called it a ‘wonderful day’, saying: ‘We are so blessed to be supported by family and close friends who love us both and do everything they can to help Bill and I enjoy our lives together.’

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain. 

There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common. 

Some people may have a combination of types of dementia. 

Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.

Dementia is a global concern but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age. 

How many people are affected? 

Alzheimer’s Research UK reports there are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today.

It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million.

In the US, it’s estimated there are 5.5 million sufferers. A similar percentage rise is expected in the coming years.

As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia.

Rates of diagnosis are improving but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.

Is there a cure? 

Currently there is no cure for dementia but new drugs can slow down its progression and the earlier it is spotted the more effective treatments are. 

Source: Dementia UK 

She added: ‘I never dreamed we would ever renew our vows, but we really did. And it was wonderful. Bill was wonderful.’

‘And what is even more amazing is that two weeks later Bill still thinks he’s just married his new girlfriend and it makes him very happy.’  

Anne continued: ‘Please take from this that you can never assume that just because someone has advanced dementia with all the difficulties that presents , that they can’t still surprise you in the most unlikely ways. Bill has made me very happy yet again.’

Other Facebook users were left amazed by the now-viral post, which has over 80,000 comments online.  

Facebook users were left stunned by the post, with many calling it a ‘beautiful’ and ‘touching’ story 

One posted: ‘Congratulations to you both.What a touching and beautiful story.Here’s to many more special memories.’ 

Another commented:  ‘This is such a wonderful story brings tears to your eyes really is beautiful. Congratulations to you both.’

One wrote: ‘Oh my how beautiful. To love again is truly a gift. Gonna have to share.’

‘Bill, although dementia steals so much, he knows he loves you will all his heart. Memories lost but something is there. The memories of loving you still as strong today than years gone by,’ another user commented.   

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