When they say absence makes the heart grow fonder, they mean it. This compilation of family and friends reunited after years of being apart is enough to melt your heart.

From parents who surprise their kids to kids who surprise their parents, a long-overdue homecoming is always a welcome sight. Watch the smiles and the tears as these families become whole again.

Christmas is the best time to spread joy, especially to those you love. These parents discover there is no better gift than having their grown-up children home for the holidays.

Nothing is more emotional or heartwarming than a planned reunion with a loved one who has been deployed with the military overseas. Perhaps an unplanned reunion is slightly more rewarding!

One family member pulled a very sneaky surprise by photobombing a family picture. When the other members had their mother look at the photo, she was shocked to see him in it.

Reunions are memorable, no matter how they occur. Whether you’re running full-fledged down a sidewalk or surprising your childhood friend at their college dorm, you’re creating a moment you’ll never forget.

Through the smiles and the tears, these videos show just how important our connections are with each other. Maybe this will inspire you to plan a surprise trip to see that loved one who has been missing you!