Gently, Quietly

At 3:20 a.m. GMT today (9:20 p.m. EST) my Gran passed away.  From what we can tell, she had some Irish music blasted in her room and watched some Daniel O’Donnell on DVD.

The nurse phoned to say her breathing was shallow and to come out, not even ten minutes later, she was gone.  We spent some time with her in the hospital, equally crying and laughing over things.

I was the last to see her around 4 p.m. and spent an hour with her.  She didn’t elude to anything (she wouldn’t have wanted to worry any of us) but I could almost sense it.  And I know she knew.

As a backtrack, the day I walked into her room for the first time, her face lit up and she smiled.  What a blessing that was to me.  I have a feeling she waited for me.  I know she spoiled me in life, I was her only grand-daughter.  She will be missed.

Depending on what the airline says, we may be here now till 05 April rather than leaving on the 25th.  Thank you everyone for your support, you have no idea what it really means to me.  I love you all.


29 responses to “Gently, Quietly

  1. i’m so sorry for your loss. i’m glad to hear that there has been some laughter mixed in with your tears. i’m sure your gran would want that. hope it’s a comfort to be with your family at this time. i’m continuing to pray for you all.

  2. What a sweet experience. Hold it close and aim for Eternity. Bless you, Siobhan. Thanks for reminding us about the most important thing in life – family.

  3. oh I’m so sorry hun. I’m glad you were able to see her before she left. Thinking of you xx

  4. I’m so very sorry for your loss, but at the same time, glad you got to spend time with her and tell her all those important things before she passed. I completely understand what you are feeling as I lost my own grandmother almost exactly one year ago. She was everything to me and I miss her dearly. Hold tight to the great memories you have. They will keep her forever in your heart. Hugs to you and your family.

  5. So sorry for your loss. I am sure she was waiting for you. My grandmother did the same thing for me (although she thought she was hallucinating when she saw me because she knew I was in the US), and my mother-in-law who passed away this week waited for her older son to visit from 5 hours away.

  6. I’m so sorry, Siobhan, for your loss. But, I’m so very glad you went over, and she got to meet the boys. I’m certain she was just waiting for you to get there. My grandfather waited til I told him we’d be ok, he could go on and be with Gran.. within 10 minutes he was gone! It’s sad, but good when they go happy, with a good full life, a happy family, and a hope for eternity. Be blessed in knowing she knew how much you loved and appreciated her.

  7. And we love you, too. We share your pain. When one of us hurts, we all hurt. It’s just so good that you had the time with her that you did. That was, and is, precious. *HUGS*

  8. Dear Siobhan,
    This feels awfully funny thinking and writing this but I am so glad you went to Scotland. She waited for you. Make no mistake about it. I have had a similar thing happen to me when my grandmother died. Consider yourself blessed. I imagine you will pass along wonderful stories to all of your boys (and to us). So very sad.
    Lang mae your lum reek.
    God bless.

  9. Sweetie, I’m so sorry about your Gran. She obviously was one tough lady to hold on until she could see you. What a great granddaughter you are, giving light to your Gran at the very last. *hugs*

  10. I am so sorry for your loss… I’m glad you got to spend so much time with your Gran while home. You and your family are in our prayers. {hugs}

  11. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. I’m sorry to hear about your loss, Siobhan. She sounded like a very special lady. I’m sure she was happy her granddaughter was able to get one last visit in before passing on.

  13. e-hug. i’m so glad you got to see her.

  14. anglophilefootballfanatic

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s amazing she was able to hold on in order to say a proper goodbye to you. You guys will certainly be in our prayers.

  15. Siobhan- I’m so sorry to hear about your Gran. I’m really glad that things worked out well so that you all could go over and visit her and your family. I would give you a great big hug if I could.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy that you were there. From my family to yours; God bless.

    ‘Am fear, is fhaide chaidh bho’n bhaile, Chual e’n ceòl bu mhilse leis nuair thill e dhachaidh’.

  17. Chiming in with the rest to say I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs from the USA.

    It’s wonderful that you were there. My thoughts are with you. xoxo

  18. I’m so sorry for your loss, but like many others, feel gratitude that you had a chance to spend a little time with her.

    Try to enjoy the rest of your time back home.

  19. Oh I’m sorry to hear about your Gran. I’m glad you go to go back and see her. I bet you are right, she probably was waiting. Hugs from Colorado. Have a safe trip home whenever that is.

  20. I know it is bittersweet knowing the pain is gone but that your Gran is gone. God be with you and your family.

  21. I’m so sorry about your Gran, but I’m glad you were able to see her. Thank you for sharing such personal memories and experiences!

  22. Yes, she waited for you. I just know it. What a blessing to be able to see her again before she passed.
    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you, your gram, and your family!

  23. I’m so sorry but I am glad you got to see her before she passed. Sending a hug…

  24. So sorry for your loss of your grandmother, Siobhan. Glad though, that you were able to see her before she passed on. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  25. I am so sorry Siobhan. My heart and my thought goes out to you and your family.

  26. How wonderful that she waited for you. I am happy that you got to spend that precious time with her.

  27. I’m sorry for your loss. I am glad that you had that last bit of time with her.

  28. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you…

  29. Awwwww… I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m so happy (in a bittersweet kind of way) that you were with you. I have been behind on reading, but wanted to know that I’ve thought of you while you’ve been away. XXOO

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