I had the privelege...

by Liza
(Hawaii)

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.

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Nov 10, 2012
Thank you!
by: Ashley

As I read your post I felt as if I had written it. My grandmother passed away Oct 18. Your words express every feeling and emotion that I could not seem to explain on my own. Even down to the honor of going through belongings etc, I understand. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Oct 26, 2012
I had the privelege.....
by: Doreen UK

Liza What a well written post of the loss of your grandmother. Who I might say lived to a nice age where loss is more acceptable. I am sorry for your loss. You seem to have accepted this loss with dignity and respect for who she was as a person. Thank you for sharing your story and the other side of the blessing of having had the privelege of tying up her personal effects. I might also say what a lovely part of the world you live in.

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