A woman has opened up about her heartbreaking story on Reddit and explained how her fiancé's family asked her to give her engagement ring back after her he died so his sister can have it.
People have been left stunned over the shocking and tragic story...
"In my country, engagement rings are not a major thing," the Redditor explained on her post.
In the United States and a few other countries around the world, proposing to a partner and showing off your new engagement ring on your left hand before you get married are major steps in celebrating your love for one another.
But in other countries across the globe, engagement rings aren't such a big deal and some in cultures, people actually switch their engagement ring from their right hand to their left once they're married, and thats that.
"Couples show that they are engaged by wearing their future wedding rings on their right hand. Once they're married, they start wearing it on their left hand," the anonymous woman wrote.
But, the woman really wanted an engagement ring and when her fiancé proposed to her, he had one custom-designed just for her.
"Knowing this dream of mine, and since his family doesn't have any heirlooms or family jewels, he had a goldsmith craft a wedding ring specially for me."
"He knew I don't like fancy and flashy jewels, I'm a very discreet person, so he had a ring made for me that was exactly what I'd like. And I did. I absolutely adore it."
But sadly, they didn't get their chance to get married...
"Sadly, a couple months ago, my fiancé fell ill and passed away. I'm not going to go into details about it because just writing this out makes me sob. I'm still very much not over it."
But shockingly so, his family made a rather rude request just weeks after his death
The woman had to deal with a heart-wrenching request while still grieving intensely over her fiancé's passing.
"Skip a few weeks, and his sister and his mom (I never reeealy got along with neither the sister nor the mom, but we were friendly towards each other) called me asking for my engagement ring. They said that, since we never got married (our wedding was schedule for early 2022) and never will, I should give the ring to the real family, since it represented a promise that will never be fulfilled."
The woman of course said no, unsurprisingly so too!
"I told them no. Don't get me wrong, if it were a family jewel or family heirloom, I'd not hesitate to give it back. But it isn't. He had it made specifically for me, and I'll be keeping it, because he gave it to me on our 5th year anniversary together."
Since the woman said no, the family decided to go above her...to her parents.
"Now they have gone to my parents (who they've talked to, like, twice, in all the 5 years me and my fiancé were together), to all their community friends (some of which I share) telling them that I'm appropriating of property that doesn't really belong to me anymore."
"My parents are on my side," she wrote.
"Community friends are divided. Some say the ring is rightfully mine, some say that it was a symbol of a contract that fell through due to sad circumstances, and that I should give it back, that I'm keeping one of their son's property and that it should stay with his sister to pass along to her future children."
When the woman opened up the conversation on Reddit, most people sided with her.
One person said, "First of all, I'm so sorry for your loss. Second, the ring is yours. Your late fiancé's family doesn't have some kind of ownership over it. He made it for you, and the fact he sadly passed doesn't change that. You're the rightful owner."
Another person said, "It seems it was technically given as an anniversary gift. Try going that route with them. Idk if the laws where you are cover that but here in America, it doesn't have to be given back if it was on a specific occasion like a birthday or anniversary (I think)."
"The ring was a gift from your late fiancé to you, "someone commented.
"His family has no absolutely no right to claim ownership of your ring. Block them if you need to," they suggested.
People also pointed out that the contract was also already fulfilled between the man and the woman, regardless of the fact they didn't get married to each other, because of unfortunate circumstances.
"They keep saying it was an unfulfilled contract, but the contract was exactly what this person said; a promise to spend the rest of your lives together. I don't know if in your culture you are familiar with the phrase 'till death do us part,' but in America, it is something that is said at weddings to the person you are marrying as a sort of promise that you'll spend the rest of your lives together and you did. You spent the rest of his earthly life with him."
In the end, "Your fiancé would have wanted you to keep his ring. Ignore them, wear your lovely ring, and, eventually, they will give up." another person commented.
Do you think the grieving woman should give it back or not?