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Final Goodbye

I can’t believe it’s been 9 days since my grandfather died, it seems like yesterday I was wheeling him around the hospital with my mom to give him some fresh air then he took a sudden bad turn and passed away several days later.

He fought so hard, the doctors didn’t think he’d survive the weekend before he died and he did, he lived 3 days longer than they thought. He was in pain, doped up on morphine, he couldn’t talk, eat or drink and they only way he’d communicate was to wiggle his eyebrows, but even in the end, he didn’t do that.

We’d spend 8-9 hours a day sitting in his hospital room, reading newspapers, watching TV and being near him so he wasn’t alone, even though he couldn’t communicate, he was listening to us, his belly rumbiling from not eating which probably didn’t help that we all ate lunch in his room as we didn’t want to leave him alone for long.

The afternoon he died, I was in my apartment. I was due to go to the hospital later that afternoon but my dad called earlier saying that my brother will pick me up at the train station instead earlier. When I got to the hospital around 3:30, my dad told me that my grandfather passed away an hour earlier but didn’t want to tell me over the phone. Even though I was expecting that he’d die sometime soon, I was still really shocked and had to get some water and sit down before going into his hospital room where my mom and aunts were.

My dad told my aunts and mom that I wanted to see him alone, I broke down into my dad’s arms before going in, so much so that I couldn’t really breathe and had to take a few minutes before I could go and see him. Finally, I walked into his room with my dad and saw my grandfather lying there. He looked so peaceful, just like he was sleeping. I touched his hand, stared at him, kissed his head and told him I loved him. I just regret not telling him that when he was still alive, I just wish he knew how much he meant to me.

His funeral was on Wednesday, a week after he died. The day before, dad & I went to see his body in the funeral home. They laid out his coffin with his favourite flower (Bird of Paradise), his favourite song (Fool on the hill by Shirley Bassey) and a photo of his wedding day to my grandmother who passed away 10 years ago. Dressed in his suit, he looked as peaceful as I last saw him. I was a little scared to see him, but it was something I had to do, even though dad didn’t want me to see him at first. My mom really didn’t want to go see him, but in the end she did along with the both of us.

On the day of his funeral a few days ago, all the family members came to his house as well as his neighbours for over 23 years. When the funeral hearse arrived with his coffin and the funeral car which my mom, her sisters and my grandfather’s surviving sister sat in, we all got in the rest of the cars and made our way in a convoy to the Crematorium. When the family entered the Crematorium, a song he requested ‘Highland Cathedral’ played until everyone was sat. The Church Minister talked, read a poem my grandfather liked, we sang a hymn, we prayed and then my grandfather’s favourite song ‘Fool on the Hill’ by Shirley Bassey played out as the family walked out the Crematorium.

Yesterday, my mom, dad and I went to the Crematorium again where we met my aunts and their husbands. We were there to helop scatter my grandfather’s ashes in the Garden of Rememberance in the grounds of the Crematorium. My mom picked a nice spot where there was a tree which resembled a tree in his own garden, next to a river. My mom, aunts, dad & I took turns to scatter his ashes, but my 2 uncle’s didn’t want to do it. It was pretty sad but at least he is no longer in pain and hopefully he’s with my grandmother and his sister now.

I’m going to miss talking to his every day on the phone, going to his house on the weekend, watching old cowboy movies with him, hearing old stories (even though I heard them 10000 times before) and I’ll miss seeing him laugh and smile.

I miss him like crazy :(


The last picture I took of him, a week before he passed away

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    Sushi
    August 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    It helps to start a hobby at times like these; takes ur mind off things. Worked for me for a while…

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    :::ShoSho:::
    August 29, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    That post made me cry.. really touching and I loved how you talked your heart out here, really honest and heartfelt..

    I am so sorry for your loss.. Nothing I say with make you feel better and we never forget them.. yes time passes and we get on with our lives but we will always remember them and there are days that you cry like it happened yesterday.. My grandfather died when I was 12 and I still sometimes cry like it just happened.. it’s strange our lives are never the same.. but we know they don’t want us to feel sad, you know.. So I hope you feel better soon, remembering the happy moments..

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    Jacqui
    August 29, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    This is such a beautiful post. I am really sorry for your loss again. But you’ve got to know that you are pretty lucky to have had all that time with him. Cherish the time and not the loss. He is still around you in spirit.

    Take it from someone who didn’t know her grandfathers, I wished I did but I didn’t have the time, the grandfather I wanted to know and love more than anything passed away when Dad was 17 years old, and Mom’s father whom I knew for a bit passed away when I was 7-8 years old, so I really didn’t know them well.

    I know the feelings you are feeling are really hard, I don’t want to wish them or imagine them myself. But hang in there.

    You’re a tough woman!

    Know that I love you more than anything else in this world also :*

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    sally
    August 29, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    fuck cancer.

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    Linda
    August 29, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    This post made me break down…tears are pouring down my face..i could jst imagine wat ur goin thru:(((

    the difficlty of dealing with a family member’s death is beyond comprehension…

    God give u all the patience to deal with this…he does know how much he means to you, we all do. he mustve felt it till the last minute.

    Hang in there :*

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    hemyan
    August 30, 2008 at 12:51 am

    i’m so sorry for you loss ananyah..may his soul rest in peace..

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    3baid
    August 30, 2008 at 3:51 am

    May he rest in peace.

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    Natasha
    August 30, 2008 at 4:45 am

    *hugstightly*

    I’m sure he’s looking down at you right now, smiling and sending his love. Now you have a guardian angel always watching over you, very lucky girl. Remember he’s always there, every step of your journey through life, encouraging you to keep your head up and strive for the success and be the wonderful person you are x)

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    lieye
    August 30, 2008 at 11:06 am

    I believe only his body died but his soul is still alive he can hear and watch everything over his love ones.
    DO NOT WORRY BE HAPPY HE IS STILL A ROUND YOU.

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    Marzouq
    August 30, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Alah yer7ama.. It hasn’t been too long and you were with him a lot so you can’t help but miss him.

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    poshlemon
    August 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    First time I visit your blog…

    I am very sorry for your loss. We are strangers to each other but death is one thing we all have in common. He will always remain in your heart. At least you have that.

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    Ansam
    August 30, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    give it time… only time can heal… I can tell you one thing, its always good to treasure the memories so dont worry that you still remember him and think about him… alla yer7ma

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    Shooshe
    August 31, 2008 at 10:08 am

    7beeeeebtii Misha

    i simply cant stop crying ..

    *hugsssssss*

    alla yr7ma yarabb

    im sure he’s having great time in a better place with his beloved ones ..

    im here 4u

    *hugs*

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    Ken
    September 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    sorry for your loss
    stay strong

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    nannOo
    September 1, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    i’m so sorry for your loss
    by the conlclusion my eyes were full of tears
    may God rest his soul in heaven

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    chika
    September 2, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    :( I hope he’s happy where he is right now and may he RIP

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