My daughter’s moving eulogy to my mom, her grandmother.
“And she laughs at the time to come,” Proverbs 31:25
The last time I spoke with my grandma, late on an August afternoon, she had labored all day with chest pain and asphyxia. She closed her eyes for the last time just hours after we hung up the phone.
While we spoke, she marveled at the love of her family and caregivers; she blessed me and expressed her joy that I had started a new job; she said something light-hearted about her transfer to hospice; and she told me she loved me.
But in that sixty seconds she gave me, distilled, the treasures of her life: self-forgetting gratitude and light-hearted courage.
Self-forgetting. Grandma held her life lightly. Free of self-importance…
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