My grandfather passed away on Friday evening. He had been ill for several years and entered the hospital earlier this week. On Friday we received the call that it was time to gather by his bedside. We were able to be around him as he took his final breath. I do not know for sure if he knew we were there but in my heart I believe he did. My other grandfather passed away when I was 8 years old. I do feel badly that neither will be able to see my daughter but I know they will see her from a different perspective from up above.
I do not like to go into heavy topics on this blog as I believe it is more for enjoyment and sharing of my creative and home journey but I do want to just take a moment to pay tribute. Without going into "more info than we needed" mode I will say that the relationship with my grandfather and most of my father's side of the family is strained. Even through this, I did know that my grandfather loved me and my sister with all of his heart. I do have fond memories from my childhood and I will carry these forward and these are the memories I will choose to share with my daughter.
Several years ago I made the conscious decision to let go of the negativity I was holding and to forgive. I am happy I made this decision for I can truly say that I have no regrets. I am content to know that we were with him in his final moments as he crossed to the Lord's arms. I do hope he has found peace.