A married couple normally has arguments. The things they fight about range from house bills to their job and a lot more of often petty things. Normally, couples who fight settle their dispute the following day. But what if you woke up only to find out that your partner is no longer there?
This is exactly what happened to Ashley Murrell from Wellington, Somerset, England. On the night of May 16, her husband Mikey went home late from a 16-hour shift. Because he rarely had time for his wife, naturally, Ashley got angry at him and made him sleep on the couch that night.
"I had a go at him and told him to sleep on the sofa which was stupid because I really just wanted him around more." she said.
Unfortunately, when she was about to make things right with Mikey the following day, he was already lifeless.
"When I came out of the bedroom and saw him the next morning I knew something was wrong straight away. He was lying exactly where I left him and his face was all discoloured - he looked grey."
"I walked over and touched him but he was cold and I jumped back and ran out the room. I started screaming 'your dad's dead' to my 14-year-old and ran into the street screaming 'Mikey's dead."
Her husband allegedly died from suffocation. The incident left her traumatized and unable to think clearly.
"I blacked out and had to be carried back into the house by neighbours. It felt so surreal, I couldn't process it. I didn't feel like he was dead, I felt like he had left me," the widow said.
"When the ambulance came and they confirmed he was dead I collapsed onto the floor and I was sick. Nothing made sense.
She also felt guilty when she found out that the reason why Mikey worked extra hours was so that he could save up for an anniversary holiday.
“I felt so guilty. I was so angry with myself for making him sleep on the sofa. I still find it so hard to think that my last words to him were out of anger." she said.
"When I found out he'd been saving to take us on an anniversary holiday it was awful - heartbreaking doesn't begin to cover it.
"He would work 16-hour shifts, seven days a week just so he could save up enough to take us all to Disney every year. He was so worn out but he would do anything just to see us smile."
'But the hours he was working were just getting too much. He was so exhausted all the time and he was running himself into the ground and his health was going downhill fast.
'When he came home that night he was a mess, I have never seen him so exhausted. I couldn't stand seeing him like that and I got angry. I was sick of it."
Ashley added that Mikey had a back injury from weight lifting which added to her anger as he wasn’t taking care of his health by doing overtime.
"After his injury Mikey never properly healed. Even when he was at his worst he would push himself with work and any time he had off he'd be doing everything with the kids"
"I knew something like this was going to happen, I knew he was doing too much but you can never prepare yourself for this.
The widow left a message for all other couples out there who are experiencing problems.
"Go kiss your loved ones and tell them you care. Let them know you love them as they may not always be there"
Say goodnight at bedtime and always kiss goodbye because one day, you never know, they may grow wings and fly."
"Live everyday as if it's your last and let go of bad things in the past. Our lives are too short and they go fast."
Mikey was buried on June 8, 2017.
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