Monday, October 3, 2011

saying goodbye

This morning, my Grandmother Louise passed away, peacefully, surrounded by her children. She had been declining for several years, and she was ready to go.

She took a dramatic turn for the worse last week, and became mostly unresponsive. Saturday morning my mother emailed to say that my nephew had sent a long letter, and she had been able to read it to her, and my grandmother had heard it. And that if anyone else wanted to send letters, she'd do her best to read them to her in those final hours. And so I sat right down and wrote out a goodbye, and was so very grateful for the chance to do so. My mother read it to her, in small increments, over the course of a day.

I will carry her with me always.