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I was away on vacation

I was away on vacation

Grandpa, I miss you. You died had a funeral and was buried all while I was away on vacation. You never met your first of three grandchildren that I was carrying when you died. It really sucked not being able to say goodbye to you. I love […]

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I remember going into a panicked shock

I remember going into a panicked shock

I was seven years old when I first experienced death. My cousins sat me down, because the adults were arguing and angry. Some of them were even crying. I asked my cousins what happened, they said our grandfather fell down the stairs back home and died bringing […]

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I only knew him as an old man

I only knew him as an old man

I learned my grandfather was a Nazi only after he died. I only knew him as an old man with big glasses who put sugar on his salad, but so many knew him as Hate.  

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My mom used to call my grandpa

My mom used to call my grandpa

I remember when my mom used to call my grandpa asking how my grandma [was] doing. going to see her every weekend, staying with her during weekends so that she don’t have to worry about me and my brothers. I don’t remember exactly what was my grandma’s […]

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His Alzheimer’s disease confused me

His Alzheimer’s disease confused me

My grandfather lost his mind before he died. I was a little child girl and I did not really understand why he thought I was a boy. His Alzheimer’s disease confused me (too!) and I was afraid. I wish I had more time with him when he […]

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It’s like watching a monument crumble

It’s like watching a monument crumble

1.     You don’t really know how special it is to feel alive until you see a strong figure widdle away. It’s like watching a monument crumble very slowly; I miss ya grandpa… you always had a presence about you but your brain had a very big flaw. […]

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Maybe they are there

Maybe they are there

I wish I had done more for my parents. I did the best I could. I am working on making a garden for them, and when I am in this garden, I think of them and imagine how much they would have loved to be there. Maybe […]

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Your bravery and strength

Your bravery and strength

Every year on my birthday you would tell me the story of how on the same day in 1945 (April 19th), you were freed from the Nazi prison camp where you were held as a POW for over a year. Today is my birthday – and the […]

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We will look after grandma

We will look after grandma

Being able to ask my grandfather if he was ready to go. Got a yes as an answer with a big smile. Being able to tell him “you have to right to go, we will look after grandma”. Felt his pulse going slowly and stop. Peacefully.  

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You gave me the biggest gift

You gave me the biggest gift

I remember being so angry you were also dying – Mom just months ago and now you, Dad – how could you both leave me at such an early age. then I remember the kindness of the nurse – the doctors – the staff. And that is […]

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