Thursday, June 17, 2010

Good-Bye Grandpa

Last Friday one of the best men I've ever known passed away.  My Grandma and Grandpa raised 5 children (my Dad is number 3).  My Grandma Higginson passed away around 8 years ago.  Together they raised my Dad's youngest brother Brent (who had Down Syndrome).  My Uncle Brent passed away around 3 years ago.  Since then my Grandpa's health had been slowly decreasing.  My Grandpa has been missing my Grandma since she died.  It's been heartbreaking to watch.  I think he held on so long because my Uncle Brent needed him so badly.  

I've had a huge conflict of feelings over the loss of my Grandpa.  I love and miss him terribly, but I'm so happy that he can finally be with my Grandma again.  This whole thing has also made me realize how much I miss my Grandma.  They were the most loving and accepting people I've ever met.  They have shown me through example the kind of person I want to eventually become.  Although financial success was not always the easiest for them to achieve, they were happier together than a lot of other more successful people.  It has made me realize that to be successful in the this life has little to do with our monetary level and everything to do with how we love and treat not only our friends and family but everyone we come in contact with.

Thanks for the amazing example you were to all of us Grandpa!  You will always be loved and missed!


Ashley and Dave said...

I am nervous for the funeral. I have a feeling I am going to cry, a lot. I catch myself thinking about grandpa a lot latley. (here I go again...I just cry) We can talk more when we see eachother this weekend.
I love you sis.

Shama said...

What a beautiful post. I am sorry for your heartache, but inspired by your faith and perspective on the real definition of happiness.

Ash and Brent said...

I am so sorry about your loss. He sounds like a wonderful guy!