Mom Passes Away, Then Daughter Discovers Google Street View Caught One Of The Last Images Of Her

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Sometimes the world has interesting ways of helping us deal with loss and grief.

Some people feel their loved one’s spirit, while others — like Doug Luaders — see their loved one’s ghost in a photograph or in person.

Whether you believe in heaven or an afterlife or nothing at all, there’s no denying the fact that sometimes the world has plans to help you come to terms with your grief.

A woman in Florida, Denise Underhill, recently learned just that when she started missing her deceased mom.

Denise’s mom, Beryl Turton, passed away 18 months ago, but Denise still thinks about her all the time.

Recently, Denise was doing housework at her Florida home when she felt the overwhelming urge to talk to her mother.

Obviously, she knew that wasn’t possible, so she did the next best thing: she looked up her mom’s old house on Google Earth.

Denise hoped the photos of the house would remind her of her deceased mother, but they did much more than that.

[H/T: Daily Mail]


After Denise felt an urge to talk to her deceased mother, she went online to look at photos of her mom’s old house on Google Earth.

She wanted to see if the new owners of the house had changed it at all, so she plugged in her mom’s street, Chaytor Road, and started looking.


Beryl’s house, located in Tamworth, Staffordshire, U.K., is a beautiful brick house surrounded by green shrubs.

Denise was happy to see that the owners hadn’t changed anything on the house, but then she realized the pictures were taken before the new owners moved in.

As she was moving around the street view, she noticed something peculiar: there was a woman in one of the photos who looked strikingly like her mother.

When Denise zoomed in, she was stunned to see that the photos had actually captured her mom before she passed away.

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Beryl can be seen in three of the Google Earth images — in each one she’s outside watering her plants.

Denise was shocked that the photos had managed to capture her mother doing one of the things she did every single day: gardening.

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Denise told the Tamworth Herald:

I got the BIGGEST surprise EVER! I just couldn’t believe it. At the foot of the driveway was my mother. She was watering the garden, just as she always did.

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I was absolutely astounded — it made my day.

You never know what photos are being taken but they really do last a lifetime. I think someone wanted me to see this.

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Sometimes we forget just how powerful photographs can be — they can truly capture someone’s spirit.

And like Denise said, they last a lifetime — or even longer, in the case of her mother.

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Do you believe Beryl wanted her daughter to see those photos?

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