The incredibly heartwarming story behind this unique tombstone that stands out in Utah's Salt Lake City Cemetery, has gone viral, with thousands of people commenting and sharing on its beauty.
According to the Huffington Post, when Ernest and Anneke Robison’s son died, they wanted his final resting place to represent what his trying yet inspiring life embodied: hope.
When Matthew was born in 1988, he developed several disabilities after experiencing a lack of oxygen. He was paralyzed from the neck down, blind and ultimately was only able to speak a few words.
When Matthew died at the young age of 11, his father decided to design a tombstone for him depicting the happiness he wanted for his son in both life and death.
The tombstone is a statue of Matthew climbing out of his wheelchair and reaching for the sky. It was built in 2000, shortly after the boy passed away.
"Instead of sadness, the statue makes our son Matthew's grave a place of happiness," Ernest told Enjoy Utah.
According to The Daily Mail, Ernest and Anneke continued to honor their son in other ways. They started Ability Found, an organization whose website states it “provides mobility and other adaptive equipment to people in need.”
You can find out more about Ability Found in the video below: