Widowed Dad Sings 'Blackbird' as Goodbye to Dying Baby Son (VIDEO)

chris picco blackbirdBetter get your tissues ready because this story is the ultimate tearjerker. Chris Picco's wife, Ashley, was pregnant with their son when she unexpectedly passed away in her sleep. Their son, Lennon, was born at 24 weeks, and Chris had found one beautiful way to bond with the baby. With guitar in hand, he serenaded the baby in the NICU with the Beatles' "Blackbird."

Chris started playing for the baby while Ashley was still pregnant, and according to the video, "Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music." So when Lennon was born, Chris asked if he could bring his guitar to the NICU. Check out the beautiful moment between father and son:


When Ashley passed away and Lennon was placed into the NICU, a close friend of the family started a YouCaring fund for Chris in order to help offset any expenses.

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And just yesterday, he posted this heartbreaking update:

Dear friends, family, and supporters; it is with an unbelievably heavy heart that I write this. My little fighter, Lennon James Picco, went to sleep in his daddy's arms late last night. He was surrounded by family, friends, and the best doctors, nurses, and hospital staff in the world. He was dressed in an outfit that Ashley bought for him, with little guitars on it, and wrapped in a blanket made by a dear friend. I am so thankful for the four unforgettable days I got to spend with him. His mommy would have been so beyond joy to see him and to hold him, touch him, bathe him, sing to him -- as I have had the privilege of doing. I have been so blessed and honored to love him before he was formed, to cherish him while mommy carried him, meet him face to precious face, and hold his perfect little body while we said "goodbye for now". There are no words, but I wanted to keep you updated, as your love and support has meant more than anything in the world. All you need is love.

It's a tragic and heartrending story, but the beautiful moment between a father and a son continues to make the rounds of the Internet. So often we think of dads as being the tough and resilient parents, but their interactions with their kids are just as sweet and gentle as a mom's ... and this is tearjerking proof.

Our hearts and healing thoughts go out to Chris and the Picco family.

What did you sing to your children when they were babies?

Image via Ashley Picco Memorial Fund/YouCaring.com

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