Grandpa's Funeral Is Today

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Grandpa's Funeral Is Today

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Photo 2014-04-14 09_21_10As I told you all in my last blog, Grandpa had a stroke on 11/11/2014, Veteran's Day, his favorite day.

He passed away on 11/16/2014. He gave us five more days for his family to gather together to say our goodbyes and our I love you's. I kissed his scruffy cheek like I always did but this time trying to remember exactly how his whiskers felt on my lips so I wouldn't forget. I tried to remember his scent but sadly he smelled like hospital.

He was there when I was born and I was there moments after he passed. People have often told me my that Grandpa was lucky to have me taking care of him but really I'm the lucky one. Now you all know that caregiving is far from easy but very rewarding. I'm the one that got to see him, love him, kiss him, get kissed by him every day. I have a few regrets that are mine to deal with but I already know what Grandpa would say, "Don't worry about it Mija." So I know my regrets will fade with time.

The last two weeks we have been preparing for Grandpa's funeral and reception today. The work has kept me busy but the finality of today is getting hard to deal with. I know my journey with my Grandpa is far from over, I know I will see him again when the good Lord calls me home.

So until then I will love him from here. As I would say to him on many a night, "Goodnight Grandpa, I love you."

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