Jan 18, 2010

Rest in peace

My grandpa died today. I know that there should be a better way to put it out there but honestly I just keep repeating that sentence in my head over and over. He has had ups and downs with health for several years but always came back strong and never lost the hope for it to get better. My grandpa had a lot of loss in his life, two brothers passing before he was 20, taking over a farm that he had little passion about, losing the love of his life (my grandma) when she was only 48 and spending the last several years with a wife who treated him less than kind. But...he was always optimistic about life and loved his family.

So this afternoon I hung up with my mom doing our weekly chat and five minutes later she called again. I answered ready to hear "just one more thing" and instead I heard tears...no words, and then those words again..."your grandpa just died." And then all at once everything seemed to stop for a second. We divided phone calls, a plan to get my dad home from work and in between I kept repeating that same sentence again and again.

I know that eventually we will be able to look back on the good moments and be grateful that he went so quickly. I know that eventually the raw pain will pass and that twinge of sadness will takes its place. But right now the pain is huge and seems to take up the room. The only words that came to mind when I talked to dad were I'm so sorry. My heart breaks for him because now he has no parents here to lean on and love. I could hear in his voice the sounds of a child sobbing for his daddy.

Knowing that my grandpa is gone seems unreal and at this moment I feel very empty and alone. I honored my dads wishes to give him time alone with my mom to grieve. But I realized this afternoon that I was not prepared to handle grief. My grandma passed when I was a very little girl and there are few memories of that experience. So I had no idea what that loss would really feel like now. And I have learned that grief is hard and even harder alone. I loved my grandpa and will miss so many things about him. And I pray that he is now with my grandma which I know he longed for forever.

Goodbye grandpa...I love you!

9 comments:

連絡 said...

脾氣與嘴巴不好,就算心地再好,也不算好人~~~..................................................

This Mom said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts. Take care.

Stacie's Madness said...

I am sorry about your loss.

WendyB said...

My condolences.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

I am so very sorry about your grandfather. So very sorry.

us2 said...

may godspeed comfort to u and ur family.....i am so so sorry....

Suze said...

So sorry about that! Hugs to you my friend.

Charm City Barfly said...

I'm sorry to hear that, babe. I'll drink a Jameson to him tonight for you.

Beth said...

Sorry to hear that, Tracie.