Kristen Bell Gives Her Dying Father-in-Law a Gift That Only a Pregnant Woman Can

Kristen BellIn one of the most touching photos I've ever seen, a dying man reaches out to touch the grandchild he'll never meet outside of the womb. The dying man happens to be the father of Parenthood actor Dax Shepard, and the belly belongs to his wife, Kristen Bell, and their unborn child. The photo accompanies one of the most touching blog posts I've ever read -- the account of Dax's father's last days as he died of cancer.

In Dax's first blog post, he describes teaming up with his father, a recovering alcoholic, to tackle the cancer, which had taken over his body. Despite the fact that Dax's dad, Dave, wasn't there for Dax and his brother when they were children, missed their birthday parties and soccer games, and was more concerned about food, booze and sex than being a father, Dax became his primary caregiver in his last months -- even though Dax was in Los Angeles busy filming Parenthood and his wife, Kristen, was pregnant, and his father refused to leave Detroit.

Writes Dax:

He chose me to deal with all the doctors and creditors and landlords. It was the only project we ever teamed up on. We never built a tree house or a soap box derby car together, but you would have never known it by watching us tear through chemo decisions and radiation plans. We were two great minds with one single thought: get into the end zone gracefully.

Dax also reveals that his father had been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 25 years, and that his fellow AA members also took on vital roles as companions and caregivers.

But it's the anecdote at the end that will have you wiping away some tears. Dax writes how one day Kristen showed up at Dave's hospital, just about the time Dave was seriously going downhill. She lifted up her shirt and Dax's father ... well, let Dax tell it:

She had flown in from LA without any warning. It was a surprise. It was an amazing, incredible, perfectly timed surprise. She lifted her shirt up and he put his hand on her swollen stomach. He left it there for the better part of an hour. He was smiling from ear to ear, sitting contently, unable to put together a sentence, but still capable of connecting to the new family member we were creating. He wasn’t going to make it to the birth, but that didn’t get in the way of him meeting the new baby. It was an emotional and triumphant moment. One I will never forget. If I live to be a thousand, I will still be in debt to my wife for giving him that one last thrill.

Dax's father died shortly thereafter. But he did get to meet his grandchild.

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Image via Dax Shepard Tumblr


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nicol... nicolemead91

amazing! i love these too as a couple! <3

jalaz77 jalaz77

Awe. My maternal grandma died when I was 2, my mom was pregs with my brother and my grandma never got to meet my brother but got to feel him move around in utero. That is so sweet.

linzemae linzemae

I don't think they are married yet

ltc9958 ltc9958


I think it's possible they got married in secret... it's not the stir who called her his wife, Dax did it.

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Who cares if they are married? Thank God she took that flight when she did. Just enjoy the moving story and get over the semantics.

nonmember avatar Lisa

They aren't legally married. They've said they will wait until all their gay friends can legally get married as well. They still call each other husband and wife. This story made me cry. A lot. So sweet!

Sandi Schroder

that is one of the kindest, most selfless acts I have ever seen. It made me cry-- what a gift she gave him..

Wileen Byroads

Dam it! Why can't people see that alcohol "KILL's"?????? So sad and now he won't be there his grandchild!

nonmember avatar Mandy

Kristen Bell is not only one of those rare combos of a whip smart/book smart/charismatic/gorgeous/genuinely talented/responsible celebrity role model & down to earth kind of girl (lady!)... She is, equally, a tenderhearted & relentless animal rights goddess & champion. Empathy, people! It's something I wish more people had more of... And Mr. Dax Shepard is a beautiful person in his own right; his positive qualities in the same league as those of his wife's. He & his story here are a perfect example of how most children, in their heart of hearts, have the highest unconditional love for their parents. That of which is too often not returned of the same measure.

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