While still young, they each have a varying degree of understanding of what death truly means. We met with the three of them individually so to cater the message to match their understanding and relationship with the man they know as ‘Gramps’. One conversation not any easier than the other as we all shed tears. But our hope is that this will allow our children to prepare and cherish whatever remaining time we have with ‘Gramps’.
Last night, my husband and I had a beautiful conversation with his dad and we rejoiced in knowing that we will see him in heaven. He spoke with conviction about where he is going and yet through it all, his only concern was for us. ‘You guys just relax, I’ll be fine..moving onward and onward.’ Sometimes his words are hard to make out as he gasps for air or his words try to catch up to his thoughts. It was not until right now that I understood he was referring to the hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers.