Man gets engaged to dead girlfriend

Mr Tsai and Ms Chen had been dating for five years and had already taken their wedding photos and were planning to get married later this month.
Mr Tsai and Ms Chen had been dating for five years and had already taken their wedding photos and were planning to get married later this month. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB/ APPLE DAILY TAIWAN

TAIPEI • A 30-year-old Taiwanese man got engaged to his girlfriend at her funeral on Wednesday, touching the hearts of those who attended the ceremony.

The man, a truck driver surnamed Tsai, had decorated a funeral hall at Changhua City Funeral and Cemeteries Service to look like a wedding venue instead, according to news portal Taiwan News.

Amid a pink backdrop, colourful balloons and a board declaring "We are engaged", Mr Tsai - clad in a groom's attire - put an engagement ring on his girlfriend's finger.

His girlfriend, Ms Chen, 23, was involved in a traffic accident on Aug 26 while riding her scooter home from work, Taiwan News reported. The dental clinic nurse who was five months pregnant died from severe head injuries in hospital. Her unborn baby also died.

Apple Daily reported that the couple - who had been dating for five years - had already taken their wedding photos and were planning to get married after the Hungry Ghost Festival, which ends this month.

Speaking to Taiwanese media at Ms Chen's funeral, Mr Tsai recalled the day he lost his girlfriend: "I called her on her mobile phone but she did not pick it up. I went out to search for her but discovered her scooter." He was later notified by the hospital of her death.

Mr Tsai said he wanted to fulfil Ms Chen's wish and decided to hold an engagement party.

"You had been looking forward to marrying me, looking forward to having our child, looking forward to a marriage proposal and engagement," Mr Tsai wrote on Facebook. "I'm sorry that all these couldn't happen when you were alive."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2017, with the headline 'Man gets engaged to dead girlfriend'. Print Edition | Subscribe