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Life without Grandma

Life without Grandma

Mom: when you were taken away so suddenly by death, I thought that my life had no meaning. Though I had a husband and two sons, the absence of your presence was very hard to take. Not just by me but by the whole family. Especially by […]

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I am the remaining one

I am the remaining one

My dear family – Mom, Dad, Brothers Michael and Harold. I am the remaining one. Miss each of you even though i know you’re in a better place. Wish I could have done more. With love –

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I never had a mother

I never had a mother

I never had a mother to care for me.

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What a wonderful gift

What a wonderful gift

I remember your wonderful smile and how easily you told us you loved us. As your time grew near, you held off long enough to see all your grandchildren and great-grandchildren so you could tell them you loved them. What a wonderful gift! They still talk about […]

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You forget how deeply a person impacts your life

You forget how deeply a person impacts your life

My grandmother. It’s been just over a year since she passed away. I miss her deeply. She had a fire to her; strength and courage that I hope I can one day embody. You forget how deeply a single person can impact and reverberate through your life, […]

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She asked if it was ok to accept death

She asked if it was ok to accept death

When my grandmother on her dying journey asked if it was ok for her to accept death and stop fighting. A strong woman who had supported her family for her whole life accepting defeat. You never needed to ask you thought us to support each other the […]

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You’re mens, mens, mens

You’re mens, mens, mens

The last time I visited my Nana in her assisted living home, where she had been for several years, slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s. My brother, trying to reach her through the fog asked her if she recognized us. She stared long and hard at us, clutching our […]

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I was in awe of this family

I was in awe of this family

Sitting with a family as they sat around the bed of their mom/wife/sister/grandmother/aunt. I was in awe of this family — all present and yet so scared, sad and angry. I could feel their love for my patient and yet so much stress in the room. I […]

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For all the things I could have done that I did not do

For all the things I could have done that I did not do

Hey Mom, Thank you for the experience I had with you at the end of your life. For all the things I could have done, that I did not do, to help the end of your journey I am sorry. I hope I can have an impact […]

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