10.25.2012

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.

7 comments:

  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...

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

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  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.

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  4. I am so very sorry for your loss.

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

    Greetings from London.

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Thank you.