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My Gramma Died Yesterday.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My gramma died yesterday -- February 18, 2012



It was unexpected. Not a shock of course. She was 92 years old and had several serious illnesses over the last decade. The last one landed her in hospital for a few months and then she had to move from her seniors lodge to a nursing home. You have to go on a waiting list for a preferred home. So initially she spent weeks in a wing in the hospital, then weeks in an overcrowded nursing home with no privacy. She didn't ever have a curtain to separate her from the hall. But she seemed to be doing okay gnerally and in good spirits. More power to her. It sounded awful to me.

Then on Valentine's Day she got to move to her permanent home. And it was very nice. Classy like a hotel. A private room sharing a bathroom with just one other person. And a nice western view of the Alberta foothills. And only 5 minutes from her one son and one daughter (she had 5 kids in all). She loved it. She enjoyed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Then Sunday she got sick with a bladder infection. They gave her antibiotics and then ended up sending her to emergency. But still, a bladder infection. It didn't sound the the next call would be, "She's gone." But it was.



But you know, she couldn't eat solid food anymore. It all had to be pureed or some thickener put into juice or tea. And she used to live on the phone and she hasn't been able to call any of us well over a year. At Christmas she didn't believe it was Christmas no matter what. She refused to believe it was Christmas. She went along with opening the presents, but she was kind of embarrassed they were cheating and opening the presents when Christmas was next week.

Her birthday was January 20th and she didn't know it was until my uncle went to visit her and told her. A year ago she still had a grasp of those things.

It's tough to see your loved ones dying. This whole life and death thing sucks. I do believe something happens after you die--whether you are reborn or go to heaven or what have you. I cannot believe that you just die and that's it. Therefore I have to be happy for my Gramma that she is moving onto a different place. I hope she is very happy wherever she may be now.

She rasised me from grade 1 to grade 7 and I just love her to bits.

So, here's to my Gramma, Sylvia Anderson. May the next life be even more fruitful than this last one. I love you tons.

Gail



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KOSHIE1 2/21/2013 11:14PM

    I am saddened by your loss. Rest assured, your Gramma is as near as you keep her. She can hear you and she still loves you.

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CHESAKAT41 2/21/2013 5:45AM

    I am so sorry for your loss - Grandmothers are so much a part of ones life - her spirit will be with you always...Blessings from LI, NY

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LINDAMARIEZ1 2/21/2013 4:49AM

    So sorry to hear about gramma! emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 2/20/2013 2:15PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

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CATLADYX8 2/20/2013 1:42PM

    Sorry for your loss. I loved my gram too. Know that she IS in a better place with even a better view!!! She now has a healthy body and mind. At least that's what I believe.

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FILARECKI1 2/20/2013 1:35PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, but you can be assured that she is at amore peaceful place.

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LAC936 2/20/2013 1:33PM

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/20/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon Godspeed

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/20/2013 11:57AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your grandma who seemed to be a lot like a mother to you for quite a few years. I know that there is another place, I call it heaven, where people go from here.
Did you ever read the book "Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander. I found it very encouraging to read. It goes beyond the typical near-death experience and is written by someone who did not really believe in an afterlife before his own experience.
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May your grandma always be with you in your heart.

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LOVESTYPOS 2/20/2013 11:51AM

    I am so sorry for your loss, Gail. This is very touching and a loving tribute. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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CHEFKATLEANER 2/20/2013 11:30AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Grandmas are such special, wonderful, amazing people. And yours sounded like a real gem.

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MS.ELENI 2/20/2013 10:49AM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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MILLISMA 2/20/2013 10:29AM

    So sorry for your loss. A beautiful tribute to your gramma.

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SPROCKETS1 2/20/2013 10:29AM

    I'm so sorry for your loss emoticon

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LEW0213 2/20/2013 10:11AM

    I am soooo sorry.

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SNOWFILLY 2/20/2013 8:11AM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon

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JANAMP09 2/20/2013 7:21AM

    Sorry for your loss

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LATVIAN_SANDY 2/20/2013 7:13AM

    Deepest sympathies...I had two wonderful grandmas - my dear friends.

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LYNMEINDERS 2/20/2013 4:45AM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.....
Sylvia sounds like an amazing lady

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