Monthly Archives: May 2012

Honoring Grandma

Due to my application to become a permanent resident of the United States, I was unable to travel to Canada for my Grandmother’s funeral this weekend. It was heartbreaking not be with my family. With the support of a really good friend, I was able to create my own service around the same time that my grandmother’s funeral was taking place.

A balloon for Grandma and one for Grandpa. Since Grandma died a day before her 80th birthday, one of the balloons read happy birthday. Because Grandma and Grandpa are together again, I tied the two balloons together and attached a bell.

My message to Grandma.

A speech I wrote about Grandma. I read it aloud before releasing the balloons. My sister read it at her funeral for me.

On the way to our ‘service’ we found a four leaf clover. Perhaps a sign to trust in the process..?

Releasing the balloons (they were still connected by the bell)

Grandma and Grandpa holding hands, flying away together.

The lessons Grandma and Grandpa have left behind.

We concluded our service by reciting the Lord’s prayer and played this version of Amazing Grace. It promptly starting raining, which seemed appropriate so the two of us sat underneath a large umbrella and appreciated the moment.