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I grew up living with my grandparents

I grew up living with my grandparents

Death is a part of us living to understand that family and friends move beyond. I grew up living with my grandparents in a culture that I was born to that taught me to respect my elders & to take care of them. When they died especially […]

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We remember your voice

We remember your voice

Hello baba, I wish you could live longer – to see how I grew up – how the family shattered without you. Hold on. We remember your voice, the strength you build within us – We will join you – one day – Love You …..

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A few regrets

A few regrets

When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with lung cancer, we were devastated. She was diagnosed in Feb and died in Oct. Through this 8 month journey she talked to us about what she was most proud of in her life, a few regrets (not seeing her grandchildren become […]

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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 have met so many resilient people

I have met so many resilient people

As a volunteer I have met so many resilient people who find joy in living each day. As a bereaved grandparent I have felt the care and support of staff and fellow group members. Thank you for it all!

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I’ve always known life goes in cycles

I’ve always known life goes in cycles

I’ve always known life goes in cycles but now I am experiencing this. When you are a chi,d you move from grade school to high school then college/university. Along the way, grandparents die and when someone your own age dies, you say they died too young. Then […]

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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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Being foolish in our family pool

Being foolish in our family pool

My Belgium grandfather being foolish in our family pool, pretending to be a shark and scaring my sister and I.

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We thought he would get better

We thought he would get better

My mom getting a phone call one evening. Two days later, she is on the plane to China. We thought he would get better, but another two days later my grandpa had passed away.

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