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Old 02-18-2010, 04:04 PM   #11
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So sorry about your Grampa GB. Glad to see you had a good time in Disney.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:56 PM   #12
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Sending hugs and prayers your way, GB. Remember that your Grandpa really isn't gone...he'll live in your heart forever. And help Rachel remember her Great-Grandpa. Our kids were turning five when their paternal Grandma died; to this day (they're 29) they can still remember doing specific things with her because we've always relived the memories.

Glad to see you and your two lovely ladies enjoyed The Mouse.
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Old 02-20-2010, 11:44 PM   #13
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I am sorry to hear that GB, You will be in our prayers my friend
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:58 AM   #14
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I'm sorry to hear about your grandpa. My thoughts are with you and your family. Thanks for sharing your vacation photos.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:25 AM   #15
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Thank you very much everyone!
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:56 PM   #16
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Sorry to hear the bad news, please except my condolances. I know what you mean, about the granfather, I miss mine rally bad, and it's been 20 years already.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:00 PM   #17
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Thanks Charlie!

The hardest part was telling my daughter. I was very worried that she would be scared that someone else would die so i needed to stress to her how old 90 really is. I started our talk by having her count to 90 then I said that is a really big number huh? She blew my plan by saying no not really . In any event, we are all doing very well with it. We printed out some pictures to hang on her wall and we share stories with her when we can. I told her that even though he can't ever answer, he will always listen to her if she want to talk to him. She asked last night how to talk to him so I am sure she is processing some things.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #18
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GB, your post made me think back to when my FIL died. My oldest was close to 6 YO. She didn't react much at all when we told her or in the immediate aftermath.

6-7 months later, we were visiting some of my in-laws' old friends and someone commented that God took him because he loved him. In a quiet moment shortly thereafter, my daughter commented that wasn't right because no one loved Grandpa more than she did. It was the only comment she ever made.

Your daughter will surprise you someday with a comment that shows how much she has been thinking about it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:10 PM   #19
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What a touching story Andy!

Yes, I have no doubt she will surprise me. I can see her wheels spinning with all of this.
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:55 PM   #20
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Kids are resilient and smart in ways that adults can't comprehend because...well, because we've grown up! (Like Andy's story - very touching.) It's good that you're letting Rachel learn of this as it is happening. When DH's Mom died our kids were just turning 5; another family member has two, 7 and 9. Our kids were at the visiting hours with us while the other children were not (in fact, the adult child of the deceased could not deal with being there...but was, mostly). By the time my own Mom died our kids had just graduated HS...and when it was evident that Mom was nearly gone our daughter wanted to be there when Mom passed. (I swear she is a much stronger woman than I could ever be.) Like the other days leading up, I spent the day with Mom...but she hung on until our daughter could be there when it was time for me to leave. A real blessing....
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