Not Sweet, Just Bitter

Ugh. Life handed us another sour, sour bite of life. Not the kind of sour where you screw up your face and laugh in delight, like when you bite into really sour, juicy lemon. The bitter kind of sour; the kind of sour that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

It was almost too much to bear, but we are bearing it. Just a couple of months after my mother’s death, we have also lost my grandmother. She was unable to understand why her daughter had gone to heaven before her. In January, she fell and broke her arm, and was just unable to recover. And so another trip to Iowa, another funeral.

I’m keeping this brief. I’m tired of writing about grief. I’m tired of crying.

Even though this has been a blow to my family, good things are happening. Good things that help us keep going. One of my cousins is worried, I think, that Grandma was the tie that bound us together, and now we’ll lose touch. But we won’t let that happen. I promise.

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14 Responses to Not Sweet, Just Bitter

  1. Oh Ginny, I'm so sorry to hear about this. When we lost my Gram, we were worried about the same thing since she was the nucleus of our family. We all miss her and we all stick together. Hope you're doing ok…

  2. Oh, honey! When my mom died, we still hadn't gotten over losing my Nana years before. I try to remember how lucky I am to have been raised by such amazing women, that I wouldn't grieve as much if they hadn't been so amazing, but sometimes I just can't get past, "This sucks!" Sending you love and prayer-A.

  3. I am so sorry!When my grandma died, many relatives felt the same way, because really she was what kept everyone together. But, my mom and aunts made a vow not to let that happen, and it hasn't. Now, we have a family reunion every two years and people really make an effort to come. Even us cousins are pitching in more and making a bigger effort.You can totally do it, and I'd be willing to bet other family members will join you in your efforts.One thing my mom and aunt did was they changed up traditions a bit so it wasn't so sad at the holidays. I think some of the traditions reminded us so much of grandma that it was hard for people, but we changed them just enough to take the emphasis off what was missing. Don't know if that makes sense…

  4. I may be sick and have been all this winter, but Ginny (or whoever you really are! *wink*) you have been through so much more. More than almost anyone can emotionally bear. I'll hold you up in prayer this week. I'm so sorry for your loss…another loss.

  5. Oh Ginny,I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my father and grandfather in a weeks time. Like they say "when it rains it pours" BUT after the storm the rainbow appears. Praying for you while you weather the storm but look for the rainbow.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear this. I had a year like this last year. I lost my dad in August, a close family friend in September and my grandmother in November. My Little One said "Why is everyone we know dying?" It sure felt that way and I'm sure it feels that way to you now. Hang in there and it is true that this might help to bring the family together more. Hugs!

  7. Family is so important in times of loss. It took the death of my grandmother to make my mom and one of her brothers reconcile after a couple years of not speaking to each other.Good things will keep happening. Thank you for sharing this.

  8. I am so sorry. Just imagine how she was feeling, now she is with her daughter again. I can only imagine the smiles on their faces in Heaven.

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I know how close I was to my Grandma and how hard it is. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.Jennifer

  10. Oh Ginny Marie Sweetie…I am so sorry honey to hear this sad news. We know they are happy and together again. I know it does not make it any easier for the ones left behind, but there is no more pain for your Grandmother.I will be lifting you up in prayer sweetie. I will pray for a safe journey to Iowa and back. Please take care of yourself, as your health is brittle too.I am sending many hugs and kisses to you sweetie. Please know that you are so loved. I am wiping your tears and holding you my friend.Country hugs and so much love…Sherry

  11. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope you will manage to stay in touch with your relatives, it's so important to have a common tie and a common history!

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