The day before she died was actually her best day at the hospital. Even though she was pretty much unconscious, she responded a little bit to us being there. We asked her to squeeze our hand and she did. We put Blake right on the bed next to her and had her squeeze his hand too. We kept saying, “Grandma, the baby is right here next to you, can you hear him?” One time, she muttered a very small, “Yes.” This experience brought me a lot of comfort because even though she never saw Blake, I think she knew he was there.
I have some regrets about not spending enough time with her and not being able to introduce her to Blake, but I have been able to find a few positive things that I can be proud of during her last few months. Last Christmas, I felt really prompted to interview her about her life, and I got it all tape recorded. I haven’t typed it up yet, but I am excited now to write her family history.
Also, even though we didn’t really want to attend a funeral while we were in Michigan, the timing really worked out well that we were here. We got to see Grandma in the hospital and it helped my mom immensely to have Blake here to comfort her and make her smile during the difficult time.
Finally, I have never been the best at writing my Grandma back, but I just sent her a letter last month. She always lit up when she received my letters and I am so happy that she wasn’t waiting for one to arrive when she passed away. I am grateful for Heavenly Father’s timing and I am so glad that I did not ignore the promptings that I received prior to my Grandma’s passing. I am happy that she is now at peace and has had such a wonderful life to be proud of. We will all miss you, Grandma!