Excused Absence (#fromwhereistand)

My dear friends, family and sharers on the web,

I just returned home from a very long and heartbreaking trip to Florida. My grandmother, 91, suffered a stroke and died in just two weeks due to complications. I was blessed to be one of the few able to spend her last weeks by her side, before she took her last breath.

She was a kindred spirit, strong, no-nonsense lady that lived quietly. She didn't believe in pretense or boasted about herself, although, never shied away from sharing her loved ones' accomplishments.

I had the honor & privelege of clearing her home of her personal things, which allowed me to know her even better. I can't describe the amount of strength it takes to take on this task. It was hard and felt as though I was invading her privacy, at times. However, I made sure to do it with as much dignity as she deserved. In the process, I discovered how deeply she loved her family. Her love was unconditional. She cherished her memories and those she had a hand in creating.

She was one of my biggest fans & supporters; constantly, commenting on my newest posts. I was blessed to have her as long as I did. She lived a long life. She was grateful for that and aware that everyday was a gift.

She was my gift and I am thankful for that.


  1. hugs.

    i am sorry for your loss....cleaning out things after too is no easy task...smiles at the things you learned of her as well...thankful for the time you had...

  2. Very glad you were able to be there with her at the end of her journey here on earth. xo

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss and I'm happy to hear you were with her through the end giving you closure as well. What a blessing for you.

  4. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  5. Sorry to hear of your grandmother's death. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Greetings from London.


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