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A Really Tough Day…
Friday, February 9th, 2018

Well, today was tough. We lost a strong, remarkable woman, my grandmother, Gladys. She was 98 years old, and passed surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Yesterday, we prepared for the worst. She stopped eating, talking, and as the day passed, her breathing grew more labored. If you’ve never heard the “death rattle”, you’ve never heard a more terrible sound. I spent the night in her room, with other restless relatives, including my sister Elle James, filtering in and out to see whether she was still with us.

But grandma was waiting for her favorite grandchild, my cousin Brent Archer, to come in from Seattle.

Today, the clouds filled the sky. She left not long after Brent arrived. It rained when the funeral home’s van drove away with her.

The past months have been difficult for everyone, but especially for my dd and I. We cared for her every need, around the clock. I’m fiercely glad we had that time with her.

Love you, Grandma. RIP.
BTW, my mom painted that portrait of her.

15 comments to “A Really Tough Day…”

  1. Shirley Long
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 8:16 pm · Link

    O I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandma. Sounds like she lived a full life tho. In the days, months, years to come you will really be glad you spent these last days with her. I did it with my mom, was there when she passed and wouldn’t take anything for those last days. And yes, the “death rattle” is a horrendous sound. Never heard anything even close to it.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. 😥
    (Your Mom did a great job on the portrait. You must get your artistic talents from her.)



  2. ELF
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Hugs and sympathy for your loss. Yes, it’s a tough thing to hear, but kudos to you for having the strength to be there for her. I hope that memories of her wonderfully long life will comfort you during your sorrow.



  3. Charlotte
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Wishing you peace ~ ????



  4. Katherine E. Smits
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 8:31 pm · Link

    I’m very sorry for your loss.



  5. Charlene R Michael
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 8:33 pm · Link

    I am so sorry for your loss. My the angels be with you and yours in your time of sorrow.



  6. Elizabeth Andrews
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 9:15 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry, Delilah. I know it’s rough. XOXO



  7. BookLady
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 9:29 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss



  8. Misty Dawn
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 9:47 pm · Link

    I am so sorry for your loss!



  9. Jana Leah
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      · February 9th, 2018 at 10:19 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. I’m glad all the family was able to be together.



  10. ButtonsMom2003
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      · February 10th, 2018 at 3:07 am · Link

    I’m truly sorry for your family’s loss. From the wonderful things you’ve written about her I know you will find comfort in your many memories.



  11. Rebecca Merz
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      · February 10th, 2018 at 5:15 am · Link

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.



  12. Colleen C.
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      · February 10th, 2018 at 12:19 pm · Link

    Hugs… so sorry your grandma passed…



  13. Cynthia Nichols
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      · February 10th, 2018 at 6:02 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss but it sounds like she lived a long and remarkable life. May your happy memories of her fill your heart. You never get over losing a loved one you just get use to them not being there. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Elle and your families.



  14. Eileen
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      · February 11th, 2018 at 1:54 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. Sounds like a wonderful woman who led a long love filled life.



  15. Susan Saxx
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      · February 13th, 2018 at 12:51 pm · Link

    Hugs, Delilah. <3