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Love, Loss And 99 Years

Ok – technically the post title should read “Love, Loss and 98 years and 11 months” – but I figured that would be a bit too specific.

Today we buried my husband’s grandmother. A DEAR woman who was never mean spirited or cruel. She was always such a joy and a pleasure to be around and she loved my husband and our children with all of her heart.

My husband has been… quiet this week. He typically is insane and from the moment we found out on Monday morning, he’s just been quiet. His mother is the one I worry about the most though. I can’t even image what this must feel like – and if I’m being honest with you – I don’t want to even THINK about it.

Anyway, the reason why I am writing this post is because I found real beauty in the day. She lived 99 YEARS. What a blessing! If only we all can be so lucky. She lived a very happy, sane, peaceful life and was surrounded by her family and friends throughout.

Makes me want to hug my kids a little tighter tonight and call up friends who maybe I’ve been a bit distant from. We are only here once –  so let’s all do it right. 🙂

Hugs to you all. We are all in this together.

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  1. It’s wonderful that she lived such a long, full life. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss of such a treasure.

  2. Hugs to all of you also, Vera. 99 years is a blessing – what a wonderful life she had! Let’s rejoice in that and in the fact that she was such a pleasure to be around.

  3. I’m sorry for your loss. 99 is an amazing life. My Grandmother turned 99 in May and I dread the day we will get “the call”. The thing I am most thankful for is that my children have gotten to meet her and will have memories of her. Big hugs to your family.

  4. I am so very, very sorry and sad for your loss. When my mother-in-law passed away two years ago at age 89, a friend said to me, “Well, at least you HAD her for so long.” Yes, that is true… but it also gave us so much more of her to miss. I hope happy thoughts and memories will help through this difficult time… please know that we are thinking of you all and praying for you. xo Sharon & Barry Couto

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