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Farewell, Grandpa

My last remaining grandparent passed away this morning, at around 3 am. Overall, I think our family experienced many blessings during his transition back to stardust, so while we will all mourn his passing, we will do so with the knowledge that he felt ready to go and was surrounded by loving family and lifelong friends. More than anything, I'm glad he was able to spend his final days at home.

I'm grateful I had a chance to visit with him over Thanksgiving as well - it was pretty clear that he was beginning to slip away. I just regret that he and my dad won that last cribbage game.

Tough times for my family right now. Several of my dad's siblings are experiencing some serious health complications, on top of what my dad's currently going through. Liver surgery's scheduled for the end of the month, but my dad's been fighting this terrible cold ever since Thanksgiving. It's a nasty one - I'm still experiencing some of the lingering aftereffects, and I'm in good health. Get plenty of rest and eat well and take care of yourself during this season, folks.



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Dec. 18th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
My condolences, and my deep sympathies.
Dec. 18th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Dec. 18th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
My heart is with you.

Dec. 18th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And thank you also for the prior post - it's helpful to know I'm not the only one pondering those sorts of things. Miss you! Pet the kitties for me.
Dec. 18th, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Sincere condolences to you and yours. What sad times
Dec. 19th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my dear. 2014 feels like it has brought tough times on a number of different levels, all at once. Reminders of the importance of taking time to reflect on spiritual matters! I'm grateful for what you are sharing on that front.
Dec. 19th, 2014 03:32 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear it, but glad you seem to be pretty at peace with it.
Dec. 19th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Dec. 19th, 2014 06:33 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss, and glad that it went as well as such things can for him. My thoughts will be with you.
Dec. 19th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Dec. 19th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
My thoughts are with you and yours. And "transition back to stardust" is a beautiful way to put it.
Dec. 19th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
The other night, my roommates and I were discussing what we misremembered of the quotation ""Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars" (a Serbian proverb), except what we remembered was more along the lines of "Be humble for you are made of dung," and that led us to a discussion about how actually, it's kind of MORE amazing to be made of dung, given how rare life is in the universe. Regardless - my grandpa lived a good, long life. There's sadness in his passing, but also recognition that it is a part of the experience of living.
Dec. 19th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
Heartfelt condolences, dear R. May your many fond memories of him be a blessing and comfort to you all.

Dec. 19th, 2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my dear. You are in my thoughts these days, too! Life's been insanely hectic recently, but I'm hoping for a slowdown over the holidays...maybe...

*hugs and love*
Dec. 19th, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear about your grandpa. It sounds like he had a full life.
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