It is a sad truth that some children abandon their old aged parents, and therefore they are forced to live a miserable and lonely life. Without even realizing the needs of their elderly parents, they move on with their happy lives.
One such isolated man is Han Zicheng, whose loneliness made him ask people to adopt him.
A resident of Tianjin, a port city of northeastern China, Han Zicheng has been lonely since his 80s. He has been through a lot of hardships in life since his birth, and now he wants someone to adopt him so that he could have a home and a family for the rest of his life. Expecting someone to be with him until his death, he went on streets with a piece of paper, asking people to adopt him.
This is what Han wrote on the paper:
“Looking for someone to adopt me. Lonely old man in his 80s. Strong-bodied. Can shop, cook and take care of himself. No chronic illness. I retired from a scientific research institute in Tianjin, with a monthly pension of 6,000 RMB [$950] a month”.
A survivor of the Japanese invasion, the Chinese civil war and the Cultural Revolution, 85-year-old Han Zicheng had been going around his neighbourhood in China for a long time, holding that white paper.
Moreover, he had taped another note to a bus shelter in his neighbourhood. The note said:
“I won’t go to a nursing home. My hope is that a kindhearted person or family will adopt me, nourish me through old age and bury my body when I’m dead.”
He had been all alone after the demise of his wife, and his children also had not been in touch with him for a long time. Desperate for someone’s company, Han was consumed by the fear of dying without the presence of his loved ones with him.
Han spent last weeks of his life trying to reach to his sons and finding a loving family for his final journey. But unfortunately, he died on March 17. The most heartbreaking reality is that in Tianjin, Han’s death went unnoticed by the members of his neighbourhood community.