Thursday, July 2, 2009

The news came before lunch

I was just leaving the office to meet Amy and Peter for lunch when my cell phone rang. It was my dad. I'd sent him an email about and hour earlier and he thought he'd call me.

Grandpa died last night. Dad was the only one with him at the time even though just a few minutes earlier his room was filled with people. My dad got to be with his dad alone at the very perfect moment. They got to experience this final moment, just the two of them, father and eldest son.

My dad seems to be OK. Taking it all in. Processing. I am too. A bit numb now. Nothing more to say.

1 comment:

Pickles and Dimes said...

I'm so sorry, Emily. My thoughts are with you and your family.

I'm glad you got to see your grandpa, and glad your dad was with him when he passed.

When Jason's grandfather passed away in December, a few people were in his room but left to grab something to drink. That left just Jason's grandmother alone with her husband of 60-some years. That's the moment he passed away, and Jason's grandma says it seemed like his grandfather was just waiting for that moment so the two of them could be alone.