My grandmother died today

26Nov09

It still hasn’t really hit me. I’m mostly in shock.

There will be no funeral, she will be cremated. And I’m in a different continent anyway, and wouldn’t be able to attend.

Do funerals help those left behind cope with a person’s death? Or are they just a tradition to honor the deceased?

I’m hoping it’s the latter.

And I’m glad she died now, because she was in a coma, and her life had sucked for a very very long time before she became unconscious. It was no life for her, for anybody. She was going senile, wore diapers, couldn’t walk on her own, and so on. It was pathetic, she was depressed and bored, it was awful. For some (hello Kate Chopin!) death is the way out from a shitty life. I hope that’s what happened to my grandma and that she’s in a better place now, free from the suffering that was her whole life, and perhaps especially her last several years.

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