Grieving for a lost relative takes many forms, and while we second-guess every moment that we can remember with them, it can be hard to remember that they know we loved them. They would have forgiven our last outburst, and brushed off any mean comment we made…just as we hope they would know that we would do the same for them. But not being able to apologize, say thank you, and tell them how much we miss them is hard to come to terms with. That’s why this young girl’s account is so touching.
I always knew eventually I would have to go through a year of “firsts” without my grandmother. I just never imagined my birthday would be the first of the “firsts.” Especially just two days after her passing. Also, I never imagined it would be my 18th birthday. My first “adult” birthday. Today while surrounded by my family at dinner, I was opening some presents from everyone. Then, my mom handed me a card and box telling me that a couple months ago, my grandma spoke to her about wanting to get me diamond earrings for my 18th birthday. Tonight, two days after her passing, I received those earrings, and the card for me that she had also bought. I can’t even begin to put into words how this made me feel. My family also made sure this was the last present I opened. I want to be able to tell her thank you in person and not being able to, makes me very sad. So for now, I will just have to wait but I know she knows I appreciate it. I feel that this was a very special gift, especially it being the last one I will have ever received from her, and I will never forget it.
I love you, Grandma. I wish you were still here.”
She’s right. Grieving is different for everyone, but she wants everyone to know that the love doesn’t disappear when they die. It lives on, and they would want us to move forward, be happy, and appreciate every moment that we are given in life.
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