The man who married his girlfriend at her funeral

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Could this is be a proof of true love? News of a Surin man marrying his dead girlfriend became viral on social media after the news had been ‘shared’ more than 50,000 times in the cyber world.

It was the ‘talk of the town’ on Facebook. The story about a young man from Surin Province marrying his deceased girlfriend. Pictures of a man, dressed in black formal wear, putting a ring on the finger of his late girlfriend, circulated like wild fire on the popular social network site and YouTube. 50,000 people had clicked to share the story and expressed their condolences for the groom.

Chadil Deffy, or Deff Yingyuen, stated his love for his late girlfriend, Sarinya or Anne Kamsook. Much to the surprise of his friends, on January 4, Deff posted on his Facebook page, inviting his friends to a wedding-cum-funeral rite for his longtime girlfriend at a local temple in Surin Province.

The couple had been together for 10 years. They made a promise to get married before the bride died in an accident. Deff said their wedding was postponed due to conflicting schedules and his decision to continue his studies before he settled down in matrimony with Sarinya.

After having been through thick and thin with Sarinya for over a decade, Deff stood by his promise and married her in a bittersweet ceremony.



A bizarrely bittersweet ceremony marks both the beginning and end for one longtime couple

In a tale of love lost that is either touching or weird, a Thai man held a combination funeral and wedding last week (see a photo below) for his longtime girlfriend who died, unexpectedly, before they could wed officially. Here, a short guide to this bittersweet event:

Who is this guy?
Chadil Deffy, also known as Deff Yingyuen, is a TV director from North Eastern Thailand. For the past 10 years he has focused on his continuing education and budding career since graduating from the Eastern Asia University, where he met his girlfriend Sarinya “Anne” Kamsook.

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What’s their story?
After falling in love at the university and staying together for a decade, Anne had wanted to get married, but settled for a promise of matrimony while Deff got his professional life in order. But Anne died on Jan. 3, 2012, in an accident, leaving Deff’s promise unkept. The bereft boyfriend decided, however belatedly, to honor his word.

What was this ceremony?
Friends and family were invited via Facebook to the wedding-cum-funeral rite at a local temple in Surin Province. The grieving TV director had a small film crew to capture the event and reportedly invited a novice monk, which in the Thai Buddhist tradition ensures a loving marriage. Deff wore a tuxedo, top hat, and white bow-tie, while his bride, laid out on wooden platform, wore a short white dress, fishnet stockings and gloves, and a veil. In front of a small group of family friends, Deff placed a wedding ring on his bride’s finger, kissed her hand, and her forehead.

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How are people responding?
After photos of the ceremony were posted on Deff’s Facebook page, the public response ranged from sympathetic to skeptical of the groom’s motives. But as one friend wrote in an op-ed in the Bangkok Post: “The “wedding” was [Deff’s] attempt to right a wrong, however belated the gesture might have been.”

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