Goodbye to Grandma
My first real experience with the death of another human was when I was in seventh grade and my beloved grandma passed on. She had been a robust, slightly heavy set, warm, loving person in my life. Living right next door, I knew her well. I was fortunate in that regard.
Near the end of her life, she went to a nursing home. The last time I saw her I was shocked. While she wasn’t, thankfully, all hooked up to tubes and such, her body had dwindled down to a mere shadow of who she had been. Her frail body lay on the bed, her eyes alive, but barely.
What I remember most, and what was so very disturbing to me as a child, was the bright red lipstick they had put on her pale white face. It looked wrong. Scary wrong. I didn’t recognize her, yet I knew it was her. The disconnect and change in how she looked and her energy—it all felt wrong. Like someone was playing a macabre trick on me. A haunted house had become real. And I withdrew in fear from Death—this thing that could do that to my grandma, and take her away from me forever!
Ten Years Later
My sister, three years older than me, left her human body behind when she was just 25. I railed against Death! It was too cruel!! It was so very wrong! It had been what felt like a long, drawn-out dying, though I later came to understand just how quick it was. I also learned that having Melanoma while pregnant makes it metastasize more quickly.
When her son was just a year and a half, she departed. I thought, again, forever!
Until about four months later.
Upcoming Chat on Aug 8, 5-6:00 pm Pacific Time
I’ll share more of that story on Monday during our monthly chat about life—and death. About mystery and mysticism. About clues from the Universe and what the heck it all might mean. I hope you’ll join me.
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