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‘I Felt Chills.’ Viral Story Is Leading People Down the Sweetest Google Maps Memory Lane

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A few years after her grandfather’s passing, a Twitter user by the name of Yajaira shared on Tuesday that she recently found out that Google had mapped his farm in Durango, Mexico. She decided to check out the photos on Google Maps, and sure enough, there he was — immortalized thanks to the navigation app — because where else would he be?

To illustrate, she including a sprawling video of her virtual drive around the property. “My grandpa passed away a few years ago,” she wrote in her post. “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.”

“I felt chills and I couldn’t help but to cry,” she told TIME of the discovery.

The post has been liked over 440,000 times as of Friday morning, all of which is to say, she couldn’t wait long before she spread the word. “I shared it with my family once I realized the tweet was getting so much attention. I wanted to wait, but I decided to send it them before they saw it somewhere else.”

As for what her grandfather thought about his image being captured at the time, she said he likely didn’t know what to make of it. “He was so old and I am sure he was confused with the car and what was on top it of. He was probably wondering what was going on,” she said.

And it wasn’t long before others chimed in with their own heartwarming Google Maps memorials of loved ones they had lost. Twitter user Rosebud found her grandpa, eight years after his death:

And a Twitter user by the name of Lauren said checking back on photos of her now-deceased grandparents, who Google Maps snapped sitting in their house’s garden, “gets me every time.”

The family finds keep pouring, in with snapshots from all over; a truly fortuitous way to reconnect with a loved person — or loved pet — who had passed on:

“Same thing with my abuelo we can see him just relaxing outside our house in Mexico. Everytime I miss him especially during this time I always go back to it”

“same as my buddy lucky, rip :(” another user shared.

“I randomly googled my grandma’s address once last year when I couldn’t stop thinking of her… this was what I saw I couldn’t stop crying! My grandma was chilling in her front yard… I miss my ole gal!” another shared.

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