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Man Recreates Photo Series Of His Late Wife With His Daughter

Death leaves behind a trail of shattered hearts in its wake. In 2011, Rafael Del Col lost not only his wife, but his unborn child, too. Tatiane "Tati" Valques was pregnant with her second child when she tragically lost her life in a car accident. Rafael was left to pick up the pieces for himself and his one-year-old daughter, Raisa.

The newly single 30-year-old dad was devastated after losing the woman he spent ten years with. Since the beginning of this new chapter in his life, Rafael searched for a proper way to pay tribute to his beloved Tati. He enlisted little Raisa to help transform an old photo shoot into a heartfelt memorial.

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Rafael initially drafted a blog to document his efforts to figure out life as a widower and a father. Despite the stream of support he received from strangers, Rafael knew there was a more fitting way to pay homage. 

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Rafael and Tati had taken a pre-wedding photo shoot in 2009. The photos that captured the pair’s love for each other would serve as the groundwork for his next project.

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Four years after her untimely death, Rafael realized the best way to remember his late wife was to recreate the same photo shoot with his little girl.

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Even the family dog, Raul, jumped in front of the camera. Rafael had given Raul to Tati as a gift at the beginning of their relationship.

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The father and daughter recreated each beautiful photo down to the smallest detail, with Raisa taking her mother's place beside Rafael.

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"The necklace worn by Raisa is the same Mom wore five years ago," Rafael writes.

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Raisa is also sporting her mother's same high heels.

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While his family is incomplete, Rafael and Raisa still have each other. "Now, thank God, things are adjusting slowly," Rafael writes. "My daughter is healthy and is growing and developing normally."

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"I hope you do not see this project as sad," Rafael writes. "We still live this pain, the longing, but we are well, we are happy."

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H/T: LittleThings | Rafael Del Col

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