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Grampa died yesterday morning. His nurses said he wasn't aware of being in any discomfort at the very end, and I am sure that he knew we were there singing to him on Friday night.

I am happy for him, knowing that he isn't struggling any longer, and so grateful that Dad never had to make a decision about whether or not to continue feeding him.

And it goes without saying that I am incredibly sad.

Grampa had a cunning wit, and a love for words, and he looked for the good in people, and more often than not, he found it.


I'm sorry for your family's loss. Losing a grandparent is a difficult thing... I lost my grandfather 2 years ago. He passed away as I was rushing through the 8 hour drive trying to see him one last time. I didn't make it. You're fortunate to have been able to be there with him, comforting him.
Oh that's rough Andrea. It's a hard hard thing - pets and grandparents bring out the most emotion in us - so close to the surface it is.
It's hard to think about him and talk about even his death as a loss. That it might feel like a loss to people means he's enriched all those lives. The loss would be not appreciating him, or forgetting him and what makes him so important to the people who love him.

Meeting your Grampa was a very special experience for me. I'm grateful for the opportunity.
and part of me knows I'm talking out of my ass. You'll never see someone you love ever again. Of course that's a loss. It still feels strange to me to talk about someone so great as lost when he inspired the hearts of people as amazing as you and your dad.
And you're not talking out of your ass - I know that eventually when I stop being so sad, I am going to be able to remember many happy times with him, and carry him with me.
He's free now.
Sara, I am so glad that you met him, and that you met him when he was so much more present than he's been recently.
Thank you so much Karin. Hug to you too!
I'm sorry for your loss.

Thank you. hugs to you.
Oh, sweetie, I send you tons of love and good wishes, and I'm thinking good thoughts for your
Grampa as he travels to the next great adventure.

Thank you Amy. I've been kind of enjoying thinking about the logistics where ever he might be now, and how both of the loves of his life (my father's mother who died young, and Ila, the grandmother I knew) might get along.
So sorry - I wish I could give you a hug in person, but this virtual one will have to do.
It's the virtual thought that counts - thank you very much Erin. :)
Oh Becky, I'm so sorry. It's an amazing thing that you knew and loved your grandfather so well - and I'm sure he's happy and free wherever he is now.

I am so sorry to hear about your loss Becky - my gramps just had a stroke a couple days ago and is having trouble speaking now and he has paralysis in his face... its so sad to see those you have loved your whole life whither away slowly. Having it out of your control makes it even harder. But remember the good memories... I'll see you soon

I miss him too.

I miss Grampa a lot. Of course, I miss all of you. I think about you all.
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July 2007

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