A woman who lost her husband has opened up about her heartache after her in-laws demanded she gives back the ring her partner used to propose to her.
As the lady in question revealed in her viral Reddit post, her husband proposed to her with an engagement ring that was part of his family’s heirloom.
Unfortunately, the man passed away, and though it took his wife years to get over her loss, she eventually moved on and fell in love with another man.
That’s when the woman was confronted by her late husband’s parents who told her she should return the ring she got from him because she clearly moved on.
“They said they should have these because while I have moved on, he will never stop being their son,” she wrote.
Recalling the massive argument in detail, the woman revealed her in-laws acted out after finding out she was moving out of the country with her new partner after falling pregnant.
“Around Christmas, we found out I was pregnant. This was a total surprise as we weren’t trying. We have since decided that I will move to France permanently instead of splitting my time between the US and France, so that we can raise a family together,” she added.
“I told my in laws and they were deeply upset. They said I was depriving them of their only opportunity to have a grandchild (my husband was an only child).
“They then accused me of moving on too quickly and not loving my husband. In the end, we had a huge argument and they have demanded that I leave all my husband’s belongings from our apartment (his clothes, personal effects, etc) to them when I move to Paris. They also demanded my engagement ring, which is a family heirloom.”
Upset by the demands made by her former in-laws, the woman turned down every single one of them saying she never wants to forget her “treasured memories” from her life with her late husband.
She has since also revealed that her late husband’s family has threatened to take legal action to retrieve the family heirloom.
“I’m not sure they have a proper legal right. But I can see the hurt I’m causing them with my choices and maybe giving them what they ask for, they will be able to have closure,” she continued.
After asking the internet for advice, the woman received a variety of mixed responses, whereas many people failed to agree on what a proper course of action would be in this case.
“I wouldn’t give the ring, but that’s just me. If my wife gave me something and then she passed, I don’t think I could ever give it up, especially something as special as the engagement ring,” someone suggested.
“I can sort of understand the engagement ring, since it was a family heirloom, but because you are now happy again doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten your husband or don’t love him. But he is gone, and if he was a good person, he would like to see you happy again,” another said.
A third wrote: “Personally, I would try to find a compromise, which may be giving them the ring and you keeping the rest, or finding a couple things of sentimental value and giving them those. But ultimately, this was your husband, these are your memories with him, and you will never stop loving him just because you have found someone else to love as well.”
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