MFtS – Treehouse Home

She lived in a mango tree for almost her entire adult life. Shasta dreamed of living in a tree house. Her husband built her their dream house on the 7th year of their marriage and they lived in it for the next 51 years, until Maximus, the love of her life, passed away. Shortly after that, Shasta wasn't able to climb the stairs anymore and had to move in with her daughter.

Shasta missed her small home. She missed being in the mango tree and being one with the birds that perched in its branches. She missed everything about her life before old age set in. But, she missed Maximus most of all.

Shasta passed away eight short months after Maximus. Her daughter said she died of a broken heart; that she never got over the death of her beloved husband.

The tree house and the mango tree still stands.


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59 thoughts on “MFtS – Treehouse Home

    • Thank you so much Jodi! Yes, it isn’t uncommon for a spouse to pass away from a broken heart after their spouse passes away. Across the street from me, the mother passed away and a month later, her husband passed away from a broken heart – literally.

  1. Oh I love this photo!!! I discovered these tree houses recently when looking for places to stay when travelling at AirBnB…your story is so beautiful yet sad. When I worked in homecare, we would often see the spouse give up soon after to join the love of their life.

  2. It’s funny, well not really ha-ha funny, that the wife died less than a year after her husband. My grandparents were devoted to each other. They would often hold hands in public well into their fiftieth year of marriage. When she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he took care of her at home by himself until it became too much for him. When she died in 2001 we were all sure he would follow in less than a year. He died just this year. Go figure!

    • He lived 14 years after her death and I think that is wonderful! Some people, I think, are stronger emotionally than others. My neighbor died and a month later her husband died of a broken heart. I think he did not know how to emotionally deal with life without her.

    • OMG I am so happy to hear from you. I have been so worried about that fire in California in the Sierra Nevadas. I’m glad to hear that you have started on your road to recovery!! Yipppee!!

  3. Such a lovely story! It’s so sad when a loved one passes especially when they had been together for so long…such a hard adjustment to make, and of course, some just can’t bring themselves to fully adjust. It’s so heartbreaking. I love the tree house! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Jessie! Yes, it is sad that when couples are together for so many years that they don’t have the desire to live without them. It happens more than we know. Thank you for you lovely comment!

    • Thank you Terri! It is true that many couples pass away around the same time because of heartbreak. My neighbor passed away several years ago and her husband was so distraught that he passed away almost exactly one month later.

  4. Shock and intense stress can have that effect on the chemical balances within the body and mind. It is interesting indeed. A very bittersweet story, and Maximus is a brilliant name.

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