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Facebook grants grieving dad's desperate wish

Meet The Dad Who Pleaded Facebook Release Dead Son's 'Look Back' Video
In honor of its 10th birthday, Facebook offered users a fun memento: a 62-second 'look back' video highlighting your biggest moments on Facebook. (To see yours, click here.)

It's 62 seconds one father in mourning desperately wanted to see.

'Ever do something crazy 'cause you just don't know what to do anymore? Well, that's what I'm doing now,' John Berlin of St. Louis, Missouri, said in a video.

In the video, Berlin begged Facebook to grant him access to his late son Jesse's profile so that a 'look back' video could be created. Jesse passed away January 28, 2012 at just 22 years old old.

'I'm calling out to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. You've been putting out these new movies -- these one minute movies that everyone has been sharing, and I think they're great,' Berlin said,

After seeing Berlin's video on Reddit, PIX11 was able to get in touch with Facebook. A spokesperson for the social network says they will grant Berlin's wish.

'We haven't seen the video yet,' John told PIX11 exclusively. 'They told us it'd probably take two, three days and they would send it directly to us once it was ready.'

PIX11 reported that when Facebook employees called, they said they were going to 'cut a little bit of red tape' and make the video happen.

Berlin says he can't stop thinking about what his son would look like today. For Berlin, the 'look back' video is a way to feel closer to his son, if only for a minute.

'I want every piece of him I can get.'

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Sage February 07 2014 at 9:03 AM

So glad that Facebook has seen fit to do this for this man.

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Beth February 06 2014 at 9:31 PM

Thank you Facebook for helping this grieving family.... Thoughts and prayers with you....

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janie February 06 2014 at 9:21 PM

love this much! I have friends who have lost kids. They need this beautiful movie. Thank you face book!

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janicebsanders February 06 2014 at 9:07 PM

OMGosh...this made me cry. Please help mariavictoriadb also. See her post below.

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lsgiff February 06 2014 at 9:00 PM

A social media site doing something heartwarming for a change. I'm impressed.

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mariavictoriadb February 06 2014 at 8:43 PM

omg I wish facebook do the same to me my son pas january 14 2012...if they can make a movie for me?? was my only child.. I am glad for that family.

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janicebsanders mariavictoriadb February 06 2014 at 9:07 PM

I hope facebook makes a video for you, also.

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kayciaccio February 06 2014 at 8:43 PM

My condolence to Mr. Berlin on the lose of your son. To Facebook, thank you !!

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Hi Lynn ~UrAdoll February 06 2014 at 8:39 PM

I can actually say - way to go Facebook - it's not easy to grieve the loss of our parents, but to the loss of a child has to be one of the worst things to ever go through and I'm glad that Facebook has reached out to this man. Thank you FB.

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rlmcanoe February 06 2014 at 8:11 PM

Condolences, can not imagine the pain you are feeling, hope seeing your son on facebook helps.

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Judi February 06 2014 at 7:34 PM

It's a lovely wish from this father and quite a nice gesture on Facebook's part to grant the wish. Good Form!

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