in peace

My grandmother died at 11:20 a.m. Eastern time this morning. She went peacefully, holding the hands of her second son and his wife. The memorial service will be held sometime in the future, probably this summer, when the family can all gather.

I thank each of you who included my grandmother in your prayers, who sent kind thoughts, well-wishes, beams, or otherwise supported me and my family with your wonderful words. Without you, this would have been so much harder.

I am at a loss, by this loss. Relief is coupled with sadness, and since my focus is still on my father’s health, I haven’t really processed what this means for me. All I know is that she is gone, and won’t be back except in memory. So much perspective has been gained this week, perspective I wish I had had during her lifespan. But regret does nothing but waste energy and time.

I’ll be leaving for home tomorrow evening. See you from the other side of my life.

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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.