Tears, Laughter, and Blessings.

My grandma had Alzheimer's. Did I tell you that? It has been hard to watch my grandma change over the last few years, and I am grateful for the faith that death freed her from such a cruel disease.

As soon as I found out my grandmother passed away, I started making arrangements so I could go to her funeral. I was able to find a flight for the next day, flew for twenty-two hours, and landed in Seattle, where my dad picked me up from the airport. The funeral was in St. George, Utah, and we drove all the way through, (with a three hour respite in Logan, Utah). After eighteen hours on the road, we made it just in time for the funeral. I was exhausted, but I am so grateful that I was able to be there. I have a fabulous family.

It was comforting to be surrounded by those who loved my grandma the most. We shared stories, cried, laughed, and comforted one another. Everyone expresses grief differently, and I have found when I am around those I love, laughing and remembering the good times, I feel better.

It was a beautiful funeral. My dad and my mom (it was her mom) and two aunts spoke, all of the grand kids that were there sang. We remembered the woman that was strong and happy despite many difficulties. A creative and loving woman who used her talents to bless those around her. It was also nice to recognize my grandpa, who, for the last five years was her caregiver. He was loving and patient, and an example of really living the phrase "in sickness and health".

It was an enormous blessing to be there. I am grateful for Ben for watching the boys so I could come out. He is an awesome dad! He even told me I should stay for awhile after the funeral, so here I am, in Washington State, hanging out with my parents.

Thank you to all of your love and support. You are all blessings in my life.


Sara said...

Yay for Washington State. Enjoy some Pacific Northwest air for me.

Lovely post about your Grandmother. How wonderful you could be there.

Liz said...

I am so glad that you were able to go to the funeral and spend time with your family. The Dexters are awesome! It is great to be able to laugh and tell stories with people that remember your grandma for who she was. It is such a great comfort to know that she is at peace and resting. What an awesome feeling to know that she is in a wonderful place surrounded by all of her loved ones.

Lisa said...

Ben is fabulous. I'm so glad you were able to attend the funeral. Enjoy your stay in Washington.

The Teeples Times said...

I'm sad you had to go out for a funeral, but glad to were able to be there and to see family. Your grandma sounds amazing...sounds like the world was a better place because of her!!!