The missing piece

(Victoria, B.C., Canada)

My grandfather and I had a very special relationship, being one out of 40 of his grandchildren, I was surprisingly close with him. I rarely ever saw him and when I did see him we would go out for walks in the gardens full of roses. Whenever I smell roses now it brings back those early memories of him. I was 6 when he passed away. March, 26th, 2005, my father told me he had passed away. All I remember is my mind just racing to forget all those memories, which I did. It never bothered me, in fact I never ever thought about my grandfather until I returned from my trip to where he lived before his death. I even visited his grave and the whole time I was just speechless because all of those memories came shooting back into my head. It was exactly one year ago when I went to visit his grave. The weird thing is that I even have dreams about him too, and I never used too. And some nights, just like tonight, I lay down and think about him. I'd do anything to have him back just to say goodbye and let him know how much I really love him. He was my bestfriend, and ever since his death I feel like a part of me is missing.

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Jan 28, 2014
The Missing Piece
by: Doreen UK

Victoria I am sorry for your loss of your grandfather. You were young at the time and wouldn't have known what grief was let alone express this. What children usually do is repress their thoughts and feelings and then one day a trigger goes off inside and feelings, thought, and memories now exhibit in all forms of grief even dreams. What we don't deal with in life will suddenly one day press for resolution and give us a hard time making us wonder what is happening to us. Let the memories come out of your mind. Don't shove them back even if they are painful. It will just get much harder and more painful going through grief. You will start to heal now from your grief and will be stronger from this healing.

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