We rushed back to the house and I ran straight to his bed where he laid, holding on to every breath. I reached for his cold trembling hand and held on tight. I looked into his eyes with a smile, and as he smiled back he took in a big breath of air and was gone. I could feel his hand slowly letting go of mine and I reached over to close his eyes and give him a kiss on the forehead. I felt my blood rushing to my feet making my body feel cold and anxious; I had never been so aware of my own heartbeat before until that day. I laid my head on his chest, and even though I knew his heart was no longer beating, I imagined it was and cried uncontrollably.
After experiencing the loss of my great grandfather, I learned that everyone has different ways of coping with loss. My entire family, including m...
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...self, thought she had a perfect life. Her death taught me that assuming things about someone’s life is never the right way to go. There is a big difference between what that person is allowing you to see and what the person is internalizing and keeping private. I learned that death can cause people to have so many questions, questions that might never be answered which makes the grieving process twice as painful. This experience showed me the power of family support during a loved ones passing. The ability to come together because of a death and bond over the pain everyone is feeling is universal. Her death affected my attitude about dying by making me realize that death is final and even if she were to have made it after jumping, her life would forever be different. Death does not discriminate, it will take young, old, rich or poor, we all eventually have to go.
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