Papa Jake gets emotional as he sees his wife come back to life in animated photo

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Apr-27 2021

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Jake Larson, otherwise known as "Papa Jake," couldn't hold back the tears when he saw his wife brought back to life. It was all thanks to his granddaughter and technology that animated a photo of her from high school - this past November they would've been married 75 years.

His granddaughter, McKaela, captioned the clip "bringing Lola to life" on TikTok and Jake is heard exclaiming: "She's alive! My God. Holy smokes!" as he sees her as a young woman once again. Papa Jake, 98, is clearly overcome with emotion as he removes his glasses to wipe away the tears.

(Lola and Jake roughly 75 years ago and animated with GoodTrust Memories)

The reaction across social media was a combination a shared joy and support for their enduring love story; the clip has now been viewed more than 8 million times across various platforms.

"And I still love her," Papa Jake says in the video.

Papa Jake is also a WWII Veteran and at GoodTrust we're proud of our partnership with Veterans Affairs to empower service people to take control of their digital will and wishes. We also wanted to wish Papa Jake all the best so we created a few more images of Lola using GoodTrust Memories (powered by industry-leading AI and facial-recognition technology from D-ID).

(An animated photo of Lola using GoodTrust Memories)

To create your own special memory and share it with someone you love it's as easy as uploading a photo - current or historic - and seeing the magic happen. Get started today for free and explore all the ways that GoodTrust can help you take control of your digital legacy and create lasting memories along the way.

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