Why kill either of them?
Unremitting bleakness, despair doesn't arouse the desire to "work" to the end. There has to be hope. That something can be salvaged. It won't be perfect. That's understandable.
But if someone wants to wallow in their despair not even try to deal with it, yes there'll be pitfalls, up days down days, that's just part of life, but just to give up is unsatisfactory.
Why not make it so that there is a death threat hanging over one of them, i.e. due to their background one of them has a terminal illness - like Stephen Hawking, he wasn't expected to live long, when he married - but just how long neither of them knows. In this way it is both a tearjerker and gives both of them time to accept and "enjoy" the time they have together.
In this way it is both sad, and yet not sad, because for as long as they are alive there is hope.
Using death as a ploy, leaves a bittersweet after taste.
The following movies, some based on nevels all have some kind of adversity. Whilst quite old, the theme is universal. Love. Adversity. Triumph, not always.
The film is based on a novel, "The wind can not read", the author is a soldier and expects to die but it is his beloved who dies from something.
Based on Ernest Hemingway novel "A farewell to arms" in the movie, Rock Hudson who is on the run (deserter-war) with his nurse girlfriend, she dies giving birth, as he steps outdoors the rain mingles with his tears. The End.
Or there is the "Barefoot Countessa" with Ava Gardner married to an impotent man, who longs for children, but is a proud man. She decides to fulfill his wish. Alas, her cheating gets her killed. At her funeral the men in her life reflect on their dealings with her.
In the movie "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" the heroine receives a letter informing her her lover is dead.
In these two below neither dies.
Or there was one "ALL that haven allows" with Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman she is a widow, he is their gardener, younger and socially speaking not her equal, it's set in the 1950, so when they fall in love her children shriek with horror, forcing her to terminate his proposal of marriage. The children depart, abandoning her to lead their own lives, she is all alone. Years years the gardener and the widow meet and are reunited.
Or one with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, "An affair to remember". They meet on board, fall in love, decides to test their feelings for each other, but agree to meet 6 months later, at a set date and time. Alas, in her hurry to get to the destination she is run over, left in a wheelchair for life. He assumes because she didn't show up, they are over. One day he attends a function and spots her in a wheelchair, before she can hide the fact from him. She reckoned because he wasn't financially well off, she would be a burden on him, so didn't tell him the truth. He is still hung up on her.
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