Grandma Helen passed away on Friday afternoon. We learned from the doctor that her stroke was massive - so massive that the swelling in her brain had caused irreversible damage that would make sustaining life impossible. What a blow that was to hear! At that point the family decided to invoke a DNR 'Do Not Resuscitate' order in the event that she went into another cardiac arrest or something - which the doctor felt was imminent. The doctor said at that time that he did not believe that she would last the day - even attached to the machines that were breathing and pumping her heart for her. Though if she did and time went on the next tough choice would be whether or not to remove her from the machines. However, true to Grandma's form, she saved all of us the difficulty of making that choice. Mid-afternoon on Friday she went into another cardiac arrest. Much of her family was at her bedside in her final moments.
It was sad to see a Grandma who was so vibrant and lively just a couple days before be gone in the blink of our eyes. But yet we know that is how Grandma would have wanted it. We know she is dancing on the streets of gold right now with her Maker! We've had some good conversations with the children as we envision what Grandma might be doing right now in heaven. That has really helped all of us keep perspective in the midst of our sadness.
Grandma's wake & funeral are scheduled for Thursday night and Friday morning so we have a busy week ahead of us. Pray for Robert as he helps the family with the details and as he prepares his eulogy speech for the funeral.
Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and other practical help (thanks babysitters!) - we are thankful to have a strong supportive bunch around us!
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