15th December

15th December

Just a quick post to let you know that my beloved grandma passed away at 10:15am today.  After the rollercoaster of the past few days, the end was very peaceful and we were all by her side.  

There is, of course, tremendous emptiness and sadness, but I am so grateful that both of my grandparents died, peaceful and warm, at home, surrounded by their family.  They deserved that.  

Thank you so much for all of your kind words and thoughts over the past week or so.  They have helped a lot.

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  1. I’m sorry I missed your November post regarding your grandmother. We were in Japan when that one came out. Still, I’m glad that you could be with your grandmother and that she could be with family at the end and not alone. From your own words, it’s easy to see that you are sincere and loving. I think your family is grateful for you!

  2. Thank you for sharing this important moment.
    My mother died ten years ago, her health had been rapidly diminishing and she was unable to leave her house, other than for doctor appointments. However she did attend the annual family gathering on Christmas Eve and very much enjoyed it despite wracking pain.
    She and my father were the first to leave the party. Everyone embraced them and they went to their car. Within a few short minutes my father returned, most terribly distressed to tell us that mom slumped her head onto her chest and would not respond. My sister-in-law, a registered nurse, gave her CPR to no avail. As we gathered at the hospital each knew that she held out those very final days to say her final farewell. Particularly poignant since Christmas Eve was the only time of year that *all* of us showed up as an entire family.

    1. That is an incredible story–thank you for sharing. I hope that the timing of her passing gave you comfort in the days and weeks afterwards.

      1. Hi Louise, I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Yes, everyone believed that her timing was impeccable. We were quite close personality types in many ways, perhaps not surprising since we were both born on the 17th of September ā€” 1921 and 1947 šŸ™‚

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