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Rest in peace grams

Last Month
A little over a month ago, my 92 year old grandmother took a turn for the worse. The cancer was winning.
The family sat down and realized that she couldn't stay by herself, which she agreed with. They gave her a choice of staying and getting a nurse or trying to find an assisted care center for her. It was all her choice.

They toured a few places and she decided on one of them. As she was being shown the little suite/room thing where she would live, she commented to my uncle, "This is nice, but I'll only be here for thirty days."

Last Week
Tuesday night things were bad. My uncle had been with her all day and then my aunt came and took over the night shift. She was up all night with her.
At 6am, my uncle came back to relieve her.

He sat by her bedside, holding her hand, and keeping her forehead cool with a washcloth. An hour later, she passed away as he sat there with her. Reportedly she smiled as she exhaled her last breath with her eldest son by her side holding her hand.

She had been there exactly thirty days.

rich, I'm sorry for your family's loss.
thank you for telling us.
This gave me goose bumps
»anne ||  5/14/2005 ||  11:24:04 PM
Lovely and peaceful. You have good family. - great family.
»kristen ||  5/14/2005 ||  11:35:22 PM
so sad to hear of your loss..

»elanamatic ||  5/15/2005 ||  12:50:29 AM
oh rich, it's beautiful and sad. i hope i have the grace and dignity to decide the rest of my life the way she determined hers. my heart goes out to you. xo mina
»mina ||  5/15/2005 ||  5:19:40 AM
This post made me cry--because it is sad, but also b/c the scene is so beautiful and so lovingly described. God bless your sweet Grandmother, and big love and lots of warmth to you and your family.
»reba & eric ||  5/15/2005 ||  10:27:04 AM
A long life, ended holding the hand of a loved one. Perfect in all its sweet sadness. Good thoughts your way.
»adina ||  5/15/2005 ||  1:47:58 PM
weird to think, but that is the very close to the best any of us could ever hope for.

sad for you and yours however, and for that i am deeply sorry.

you're a good man rb. really truly are.
»blaine ||  5/15/2005 ||  2:22:41 PM
i'm sad for your loss. my grandma just died too, so i feel ya.
»victoria ||  5/15/2005 ||  2:50:06 PM
92 is a great run. I know you will all miss her. My thoughts go to you and your family.
»n8 ||  5/15/2005 ||  7:28:05 PM
sending love...
»eve ||  5/16/2005 ||  4:23:37 AM
i'm really sorry for your loss. i hope that her memories comfort you.
»liz ||  5/16/2005 ||  9:52:49 AM
So sorry to hear about your grandma, Rich. Your posting was beautiful. It reminded me about what is truly important at life's end - those who we love and those who love us back.
»bec ||  5/16/2005 ||  11:20:26 AM
I thought about how your grandma held her eldest son's hand first; helped him walk, steadied him on his feet as a baby coming into the world. Then, he held hers as she left the world. Thanks for sharing your sad and special memory.
»vera ||  5/16/2005 ||  3:48:47 PM
It sounds like Robot Gram had the blessing of being surrounded by a wonderfully loving family throughout her life, and as she said goodbye to it. We should all be so lucky. Best wishes and thoughts to the rest of the Robot family.
»-b. ||  5/16/2005 ||  5:45:56 PM

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