02 September 2012

Life & Death




We said goodbye to my nana this weekend. She suffered from dementia and had been rapidly declining in both physical and mental facility for the past year. Less than two weeks ago, my family transferred her to hospice care. She died peacefully in her sleep at 11:45 PM on Saturday, September 1st. It was my 26th birthday.

Life ebbs and flows. We cycle through seasons of change characterized by the highest of highs and the lowest of lows and every possible thing in between. I had a wonderful, joy-filled day on Saturday: we drank raspberry champagne at brunch, danced in the aisle at a broadway matinĂ©e, and enjoyed tacos & white wine outside while the sun was setting. We received the call an hour after arriving home. In her own way, I'd like to believe my nana let me have my day.

Nana loved her family more than anything in the entire world. She had a difficult time resisting dessert and ate her scrambled eggs with ketchup. She never left the house without "putting her face on" first. The walls of her home sagged under the weight of family photos and artwork from her grandchildren. She told detailed stories and was known to exaggerate just enough to receive the proper reaction. She was happiest when in the company of loved ones. She was generous, funny, outspoken, sensitive, courageous, and beautiful.

She never forgot a birthday.

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Photos of my nana and the love of her life on their wedding day. Now, together, they waltz again.

24 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to your nana and her long, happy life.

    Thinking of you, Kayla. Happy Birthday.
    xoxo

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  2. Thank you Kayla for this loving tribute to your Nana and my mother

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  3. I'm not sure if I've ever commented here on your blog, though I've been racing for ages. I just felt the need to leave some words here.

    First of all, I am very sorry to hear about your Nana - She sounds like a lovely woman, and I am certain she will be missed dearly.

    I am wondering if anyone has told you how much you look like her? As soon as I saw those photos, I saw your smile! What a blessing to be able to carry on such a good family trait :)

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  4. Such a beautiful tribute Kayla, I'm so sorry. Makes me tear up thinking of losing my grandparents...it was so long ago but yet still so fresh. I see you in her beautiful face...rejoice that she is again waltzing with her love.

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  5. Thinking of you love. She looks so much like you, beauty.

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  6. Such a beautiful little story. Your grandmother sounds like she was an amazing woman, we are lucky to have such beautiful people in our lives even if its just for a little while. Her beautiful smile looks like yours, so genuine and joyful.

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear that. She sounds like an incredible person. What a beautiful tribute to her.

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  8. What a beautiful tribute for your Nana! And these pictures are stunning. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

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  9. Oh, Kayla, so sorry to read about your Nana passing away. Sending you & your family all my best... (also, she was gorgeous! And you look just like her.)

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  10. I am so sorry to hear this Kayla. She was such a beauty (you look so much like her) and she and your grandfather looked so very much in love.
    Sending you a giant hug. xox

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  11. A beautifully written tribute to your Nana, Kayla. A big hug is coming your way from across the pond. xx

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  12. Oh, I am so sorry! Glad that you got to have your day....but then to end it with such news.

    Your Grandparents make a cute couple, so much joy comes out of those pictures! Tham,s for sharing their love amd this part of your life. We care!

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  13. Darling Kayla, sending you all the love and hugs in the world. You look so much like your beautiful Nana, and I am so glad that she gave you a beautiful celebration–such a wonderful gift, and the perfect way to remember her.

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  14. ,,,may your "nana" rest in a peaceful heaven. she has met her maker and her reward. what a beautiful gift your nana gave you on your birthday, she was celebrating with you (perhaps in spirit) until her final end. what a lovely tribute to the woman who clearly was a "pillar" in your life,,,

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  15. Such a lovely and touching tribute you've written. I hope you're hanging in there. And I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  16. Your grandmother sounded like the loveliest woman. And she is absolutely stunning in those photos. Very sorry for your loss, Kayla.

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  17. {hugs} Kayla, so sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful tribute to her.

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  18. kayla, love. so sorry about your grandmother. she was a stunning woman.

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  19. So sorry for your loss, Kayla....Your grandparents seem just as much in love as you are with your husband. I'm sure she was very happy for you and her legacy lives on through you and your family. Hugs

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  20. So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute! She sounds like an amazing woman.

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  21. I'm so sorry. She was beautiful. And your life list inspired by her passing is the most amazing tribute - she'd be proud.

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  22. A beautiful, brave, touching tribute.

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  23. Now I'm all teary. Such a beautiful tribute Kayla. And honestly, when I first saw her picture I thought she was your twin! You favor her so much. Beauties.

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