People Are Sharing Pictures Of Their Deceased Loved Ones As Caught By Google Maps

After losing a beloved family member or friend, it can suddenly seem like they’re erased from the world entirely. There is a huge sense of emptiness along with the grief. It’s incredibly hard to know that you can’t make any more new memories with them ever again, and instead have to keep going, without them.

That may be why this thread from Twitter user @yajairalyb went so wildly viral: it gave people hope that there are still secret moments of connection with a loved one who has died to discover.

In her original post, she wrote, “My grandpa passed away a few years ago. We didn’t get to say goodbye to him. Yesterday we found out google maps finally drove through his farm and as we were curious going through it, where the road ends, there is my grandpa, just sitting there.”

Then she shared a video of the screen where she moves through the Street View of Google Maps to reveal her grandfather sitting outside, looking at the road. He must have been sitting there as the cameras passed, unknowingly leaving one last glimpse of himself for his family.

The story inspired a lot of other people to share their tales of discovering people they loved who they found captured by the mapping technology. The pictures serve as a little snapshot of who the person was, as they sit and enjoy the day, wash their cars, or wave cheerfully at the Google van:

There were also a few people who even posted about lost pets, and how sweet it was to see them again for a second, guarding their old spots:

But one of the most touching posts was from someone who saw this thread and decided to check a special address—and discovered that their dad was waiting there for them:

You never know when someone will find a way back to you.