I woke up this morning thinking about my grandpa, wondering when my dad would call to let me know what the status of his health was. Dad texted me last night saying that Grandpa wasn’t doing well and that the hospice folks thought he’d die soon, but then said, “of course, my dad has 45 lives so we’ll see.” I wrote back saying I’d come home today after baby gym in the morning, so that maybe Matthew would nap on the way back. Dad said to hold off until he called me in the morning, and then asked about the dates for our trip to Florida. When I told him the dates, he wrote back saying that there could be a funeral when we were gone. That alarmed me… my dad doesn’t ever think the end is really coming.
The end came this morning. It’s an amazing story – one that I just cannot believe happened to my grandpa. My dad went up last night to visit him, held his hand, and then kissed him on the forehead before heading out. My grandpa had been sort-of comatose, but woke up when my dad kissed him and smiled at him, knowing he was there. My dad told him he loved him, and Grandpa told him he loved him too. My dad left for the night and went home, updated all of us, and (as he told me this morning), cried off and on through the night. This morning, on his way home from the dentist, my dad decided to stop by rather than just call for an update. He popped in, asked the front desk how Grandpa was doing, and they pulled him aside to say that the end was very near. They brought my dad a cup of coffee and he sat with his sleeping father, holding his hand, and he slipped away. Just like that. He just stopped breathing and died in his sleep. Within 10 minutes of my dad arriving.
I wish everyone we love could go that way.
I was very close to my grandpa, and I always feared this day. I always feared how I would handle it.
B is out-of-town, so I texted him and he called me right away. I cried when he called, but then I felt really good about the whole thing. My grandpa missed my grandma so much, and just wanted to be with her. From the day she died, he’s told me that he is ready to go be with her and just wants to die in his sleep.
He is with her now, and he died in his sleep. And better yet, he died with his son at his side.
I am at peace with it. I am at peace knowing that he is where he wants to be, a place that he has always believed in, that he passed so peacefully, and that he’s reunited with the love of his life.
I hope we can all be so lucky one day.
April 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm
I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather’s passing but I agree, it sounds like the absolute best way to go and I’m glad he’s finally at peace.
Abiding with you.
April 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm
Thank you, Esperanza. I just can’t get over it – I can’t believe that he was able to go the way he did. We’re all amazed by it, actually, and most importantly, my dad is feeling very good about it as well.
April 4, 2013 at 2:53 am
Although you are at peace with his passing, I’m still very sorry for your loss. My condolences to your family.
April 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm
Thank you! I’m sure this will all hit me over the weekend when we go home for the services.
April 4, 2013 at 4:02 am
Beautiful. You are so right, your grandfather was lucky to go in such a peaceful way and with his son right there by his side, whom he must have been waiting for. I am so happy for him that he is now with your grandma. Still I am very sorry for your loss because I know how hard it is to lose someone you love but I am glad you are at peace with the way it happened. I do wish we could all be so lucky.
April 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm
I think he was waiting for my dad too. I really do! Thank you, Fiona!
April 4, 2013 at 8:11 am
Oh Courtney, I am so sorry for your loss, but definitely agree that he couldn’t have gone in a better way. I hope your dad has some peace with the situation knowing he was at his father’s side when he went. I handled my grandma’s death surprisingly better than I expected – maybe because she’s been the only one in my life who has passed away and we knew she was ready. I think that makes it easier on the family. I bet your grandma was waiting for him to give him a big ol hug! Thinking of you and your family these next few days as you lay him to rest.
April 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm
I thought of you when this happened yesterday – and how you felt better about your grandma’s passing than you expected. I think them being ready is so important for those they leave behind. I am so glad he made it very clear to me over and over again that he was ready to go – and I believed him.
My dad is amazingly at peace. He never expected it to be important to him to be there (he is very, VERY pragmatic about death and dying – alarmingly so), but he told me yesterday that he is so glad he was there, and that he got to be part of something so important. He needed this – and I think the fact that he was there and got what he didn’t even know he needed, is helping me cope as well. I’ve been so worried about how he’ll take it, but he’s doing really well.
April 5, 2013 at 7:21 am
After reading this I’m even more glad your dad was there. For me personally I didn’t/don’t want to be around someone during their final breaths (I didn’t even go back and see my mom in the hospital) but I know for others they would do anything to be there for closure and to say goodbye. I’m also glad the fact that the two of them were together is helping you cope with this. Lots of good memories to look back on for sure.
April 4, 2013 at 8:16 am
I am so very sorry for your loss, but a beautiful story. A peaceful way to transition between this life and the next. I will be keeping you & your family in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. And you’re right, he was very lucky to go just how he wanted with the added bonus of his son by his side. (((Hugs)))
April 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm
Thank you, S! Peaceful transition indeed.
April 4, 2013 at 8:57 am
This is so sad, but yet so beautiful and perfect. I’m glad your grandpa was peaceful and surrounded by love when he went to join your grandma.
April 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm
Thank you, Josey!
April 4, 2013 at 8:59 am
I’m sorry for your loss Courtney. An amazing and beautiful post, wouldn’t be nice if everyone could leave this Earth in such a pleasant and calm way. And to think that your grandpa is now with his wife that he missed so much….. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
April 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm
Thank you, Nikki. Yes, I wish everyone could pass on this way – no suffering, just sleep.
April 4, 2013 at 9:50 am
Wow, that is an amazing story! How lucky for everyone that your Dad was there for that and that it was such a peaceful moment. That’s the way, I think, that anyone would want to go, or want their loved ones to go. And so few people get that! It’s really a blessing.
I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandfather but glad to know you’re finding peace and comfort in his passing.
April 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm
Thank you, Shelley. I agree – I always say that people “just died in their sleep when we were young, but you never hear of that happening anymore.” People seem to suffer so with mental demise (happened to both of my grandmothers), cancer of some sort, etc. these days and I really feel fortunate that my grandpa got to go out the way he did. The old fashioned way!
April 4, 2013 at 10:18 am
So sorry to hear about the death of your Grandpa, Courtney. But you’re so right – if it has to happen, what a perfect way to complete a journey. Hoping for lots of peace and togetherness for your family over the next few weeks and months.
April 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm
Thank you, Em! It’s funny that you mentiong the togetherness, because I’m actually looking forward to it. When my grandma passed over a year ago, the family time was so wonderful and made me wish that we could do it more often, under happier circumstances. I’m looking forward to getting home!
April 4, 2013 at 10:42 am
I am so sorry about your grandpa’s death. How wonderful that your dad could be there with him. Wishing you continued feelings of peace.
April 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm
Thank you, K!
April 4, 2013 at 11:56 am
Wow, you could not ask for a more perfect ending to a fulfilling life… there is no way to make death easy, but I’m glad you’re able to find some peace around this and know that he’s watching over you with his true love.
April 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm
Thank you! I believe that they’re watching over us all, smiling down at us. I even wondered if they were laughing at me today as Matthew fought me coming home from the park 😉
April 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Amazing story and I am so, so sorry for your loss. My grandpa died much in the same way last summer, and I am so glad his end was peaceful and surrounded by loved ones. Hugs to you as you mourn this loss, friend.
April 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm
Thank you! I am happy that your grandpa had a similar, peaceful passing.
April 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm
I’m so sorry for your family’s loss, and so glad that your dad just happened to be there. Strange, and beautiful how these things happen sometimes. Also, I’m sorry I haven’t commented on any of your posts the last few weeks… it seems my wordpress reader unfollowed you of its own accord (hurrumph). It sounds like there have been a lot of highs and lows for you lately – I hope that things get (and stay) a more peaceful, calm brand of happy in the coming days.
April 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm
Hey – no apologies! It’s funny because my wordpress reader does not update me on YOUR posts until they’re a day old. Two weeks went where I saw nothing from you, but then someone linked to you and I was so confused. I think I had to unfollow you, and then follow you again, to fix it. I don’t get it.
Thank you for your wishes of a more peaceful brand of happy! I got a bit of it today with some hopeful news from our vet – so that was nice! 🙂
April 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm
So sorry for your and your family’s loss. I think you are right; there is perhaps no better way to go, which helps, but it is of course still sad to miss someone who is no longer with us. Beautiful timing, beautiful story.
April 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm
Thank you, Amy. Yes – knowing I won’t see him again is very hard. It’s surreal, actually.
April 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm
I’m so sorry to hear this, Courtney. I immediately pictured all the photos of him with M and smiled though. Such joy in those two! Wishing you and yours peace and comfort. Big love to you guys.
April 4, 2013 at 10:13 pm
Thanks, SRB! I’ll miss seeing him light up around Matthew the most… that will be hard.
April 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm
Oh babes – huge hugs. I agree completely that we go being happy with the life we lived. Abiding with you xx
April 4, 2013 at 10:29 pm
Thank you, Chon!
April 5, 2013 at 3:12 am
Thinking of you. Of course.
April 5, 2013 at 8:56 am
April 5, 2013 at 9:38 am
I’m sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful story and I thank you for sharing it.
April 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm
Sounds like things are going well for you! I don’t remember commenting on your last post, but I wanted to say that you’re doing awesome!
April 10, 2013 at 9:47 am
Crying reading this. I’m so sorry for the loss of your grandpa. I’m so glad he went peaceful, with his son at his side. ((hugs)) to you and your family.
April 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm
Thank you! Things are really, really good… as they should be. It was nice knowing that he’s with his true love again.