Man Dies The Day Before Wedding, Leaves ‘Gift From Beyond The Grave’ For His Bride

Bride-to-be Danielle Cumberworth’s partner, Ashley Grant-Smith, passed away last year. The 27-year-old died after a two-year battle with a rare form of blood cancer.

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Ashley died just a day before getting married while Danielle was out processing documents for their wedding.


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Danielle, who is from Kent, shared, “I went into Leicester to get the paperwork sorted. I knew Ashley had had a rough night, but I had to go to get into town to get the go-ahead for the wedding the next day. As soon as I stepped inside the register office, I got a call from Ashley’s dad. He told me to come back as soon as I could.”

“I knew that Ashley had died. When I got back to his parents’ house he was just lying there. It was awful.”


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The couple already had their wedding rings all set, but little did Danielle know that Ashley had a surprise for her. He ordered a bespoke engagement ring for Danielle. Two months after Ashley died, Danielle received the ring.

Danielle shared, “Two months after Ashley died, I got home from work and had missed a parcel being delivered. I went to the sorting office and picked it up. I opened it up in the car and it was an engagement ring from Ashley. It was a total surprise. I didn’t cry, I laughed. He had not told me about it at all. It is a beautiful diamond ring in white gold.”

“The ring had taken two months to get to me because he had had it specially made to his own design. I will treasure it forever, and our wedding rings that were never used.”


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In honor of Ashley, Danielle ran the recent London Marathon to help raise money for the charity, Bloodwise. Bloodwise is charity which helps fund research and treatment for blood cancer patients.