Grandparent Loss

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Comment by Ernie on April 6, 2010 at 11:36am
My grandfather Bill Branson died on April 2, 2010 (Good Friday). He suffered from Parkinson's. He slowly went downhill and spent the last year of his life in the memory care unit of the nursing home. He was a WWII veteran that served his country proud. He was a kind man and taught more to his children and grandchildren than he would ever know. I have been having a hard time dealing with his passing along with the rest of my family....basically, we have all tried to play tough and not talk about it. My sister and I have connected but my mom and grandmother seem to be withdrawing from dealing with the pain. Part of my closure was being there for him during his last moments, he was in a coma state and was in basically failure to thrive mode. My sister, a nurse, was there countless hours trying to ensure that he was comfortable and that the pain mgmt program that hospice set up was current and being done properly by the CNA's at the nursing care unit he was at. This is our first close death that anyone of has gone through. My grandfather on my dad's side passed away when I was 16 but we weren't very close, I hadn't seen him for probably 10 years before his death. My grandpa Branson was like a father to me, he helped me through tough times and was there for me when I needed him. Now, I am at a loss. I am not sure how to cope with it.
Comment by Sherri on April 4, 2010 at 5:56am
My Grandfather lost his battle to cancer on March, 19 2010. I am having a hard to time coping with him not being here anymore. I was very close to my Pop. Growing up as a child I lived with my grandparents. He was my father figure. I miss him so much. All my life I dreaded for the day to come that I would lose either one of my grandparents. I never wanted to feel the pain of losing them. Now, that time has come and it hurts so bad! The only thing that eases my mind is to know that he is not suffering with the pain anymore. It was hard to sit and watch someone you love slip away and you couldn't do anything about it. To watch them suffer with so much pain and the only thing you could do was keep giving them medicine which started to not even help anymore. I lost my Dad to cancer on April 14,2006 so, losing my grandfather brought all that back to me again as well. I thought I'd join this group and read what other people are going through to try and help myself cope and know that I'm not the only one feeling this way. My prayers go out to each and everyone of you.
Comment by Larry on March 2, 2010 at 10:20am
my beloved grandfather passed away over the weekend and the emotion and grief is too overwhelmning for me. he was like a parent to me and so I'm just learning to live a new life without him but it is hard. my support to you all here because I know how you must feel.
Comment by Irma on February 7, 2010 at 4:27pm
Well, it is exactly 3 months today since my grandmother left me. I cannot say,"died" and I don't know if I will ever be able to say that word in the same sentence as grandma....I have kept busy today doing a whole lot of nothing.

Grandma, I don't know if you can read this or if you see me or if your here? I love you so much. You were everything to me, the mother I never had. I knew this day would come I thought I was prepared. I guess not. It is hard. I wonder when you will call? When will I get a b-day card in a few weeks? Nothing is the same. I'm realizing I have to figure out a new normal and I don't like it. I wish we could talk. Sometimes when I'm real upset I can smell your perfume. I wish that I could see you and hug you. This day came to soon. I'm glad I was able to spend time with you before you left me. I couldn't bear to see them take you out of your home. I didn't want to let you go. I will love you forever
Comment by Irma on February 3, 2010 at 2:21pm
I just sent a message to all of you. I'm new on here any advice on how to cope would be greatly appreciated.
Comment by Honey Lara-Lawrence on February 2, 2010 at 9:44pm
My dear sweet grandmother has been gone to be with our Lord since 1980's and the holidays are still hard for me. I recently loss my mother. I was at her bedside durning her process of dying. I came home to pick up my medication and she died before I could return to the nursing home. I am struggling with the fact that she did not want to be there. I am saddened because she never made it back home. I really hate the fact she had to be in the nursing home, as she did.
Comment by Jane on January 20, 2010 at 6:47pm
Recently, within the last four months I have lost both my Grandma and my Grandpa. I am so saddened. I was very close to both of them. I think what really affects me the most is my Grandpa had aspiration pneumonia. For a week we literally had to watch him starve to death essentially. For most of it he was on morpheme/comfort care/unconcious. I think about them everyday. What makes this even harder is my Grandpa had just lost his wife/my Grandma. He suffered through so much and my family and I were going to take care of him. We never got to. A week before he passed away I said to him, "You will be okay" and he said, "I hope so." I miss him and my Grandma so so much. I need advice on how to believe he is truly happy and him and my Grandma are now together forever.
Comment by Kerri De Sandro on January 3, 2010 at 6:30pm
I lost my Grandfather "Poppie" on December 24,2009. He was more than a grandfather he was my father. I lived with him and my Grandmother and everything I have is thanks to him. I feel so lost and confused. I feel like I am in a bad dream and I want to wake up. Now I have to run the house and pay the bills for me and Nan. I am so scared..
Comment by chiann on October 24, 2009 at 1:51pm
i just lost my grandfather on oct 15 2009 he was my best friend in the whole world. I was hopeing he would have made it tell january 21 2010 so he could have met his great grandson falon william amer. my grandfather left behind 32 grandchildren and we all loved him so much. a bunch of use were so close to him like me that everyday i cry because i lost my best friend and the greatest grandfather that help raise me since i was 9 years old and got to see me turn 25 on oct 13. I grieve its not helping me during my pregnancy .
Comment by diane adcox on October 8, 2009 at 2:25am

i just lost my grandma and i relly need support . my grandma passed away sept 23,2009 she lived in texas with her son my father i was not able to make the trip myself but my younger brother jim did i asked him to please just let me say one last goodbye to her even if it was over the phone i relly needed to just tell her how much i loved her and i would miss her but my father who i dont speak to told jimmy no not to do it so know i find myself crying and feeling lost and alone my housband and his familey have been great but i just cant let go of the hurt and pain its bad eought lossing my grandma but its worse knowing that i never got to say those lost goodbyes to her. my grandma was the last of my grandparents she helped raise me as a child and know she is gone and i just dont know how to deal with my grief and pain i find myself crying at night then i get so angry at my brother and father i feel like im on a roller coastor i dont know what hurts the most lossing my grandma or my brother doing what he did .my housband keeps telling me diane she lived a long life she was 89 years old and she was tired and wonted to go home to be with grandpa steve and grandpaward but relly i just wont her here with me i miss her so much and the pain is just to much to deal with i know she would not like to see me this way but i just cant let the pain go .she was the one special person that i loved and cared about the most and know she gone and she will never know how much i loved her and how much it ment to me when her and grandpa ward took me in and raised me as a child i had so maney lost things i would have loved to say but my chance is lost forever all because my father and brother could not allow me just one last goodbye to her.all i have now are her pictures and sweet memiory's .

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