She was such a sweet and gentle woman. One who always had a smile on her face, and her arms open wide ready to greet you. She was a devout woman, and I think I speak for everyone that knew her when I say that she never spoke an ill word about anyone.
She was honest and funny, and when she turned 90 and I asked her how she liked living to be so old, she brought the house down when she answered simply with “Not too much”.
I couldn’t even begin to imagine how hard life had been on her in her younger years, and how things had changed so much for her over all of that time. 90 years is a long while, I kept thinking to myself. A long time to gain experiences, and an equally long time to lose them if you really stop and think about it.
But even still, she was always a trooper, and even in her 90’s she knew how to have a good time.
As someone who works in the medical field, I’ve seen people die. People of all ages, and it was never easy.
This was different.
This was a beautiful experience, albeit a sad one, but it is something I will always remember for the rest of my life.
She was coherent until the day she died, and I told her countless times how much I loved her. How much we all loved her. I looked her in her eyes and told her it was okay to leave, and that we would all be okay.
All of her Great Grandchildren gathered around her and told her how much they loved her, and Blake even told her in his very own way.
I often wondered how many people out there wish they got the chance to do that before a loved one died, and I felt really honored that we were all able to do that for my Grandmother.
Fortunately for me, I was able to really be there for her. I held her hand and gave her sips of water when she would take them. I medicated her when she needed it to make her more comfortable, and I cried at her bedside because I knew we were about to lose a wonderful woman in our lives.
On Monday the 18th around 9:00 pm in the comfort of her own home, my Grandmother took her last breath with everyone around her holding her hand while telling her how much she is loved.
In the end, I wouldn’t have wanted to be anywhere else.