Writing My Grandmother’s Eulogy
A week ago my grandmother passed away. In my parent’s native tongue we call grandmother, Lola. So from here on out you will hear me refer to her as such. My Lola passed away due to complications arising from pneumonia. She was and always has been an extremely strong person. She lived a long life, although a stroke caused her latter years to be one where in she couldn’t really talk. She also couldn’t walk too well on her own. Still, she was very strong. My mother asked me to help her with writing her eulogy. So I did.
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It’s A Humbling Experience Writing Someone’s Eulogy
It’s especially humbling when writing your grandmother’s eulogy. It was a reminder of how fleeting life is. It’s always these moments that ground us I believe, and are it’s important to feel out those emotions. It’s humbling because when you go through your normal day to day death is usually the last thing on your mind. For the most part, at least in my sake I am worrying about bills, getting my kid ready for school, activities after school, what’s for dinner, etc. Obviously I’m not saying death is a good thing, but it is a part of life, and one of the ONLY things guaranteed to happen. Others say taxes…not everyone pays taxes, but surely everyone dies.
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What I Take Away From Writing Lola’s Eulogy
She was well loved. The ones most affected by her passing were here great grandkids. Especially the ones who lived with her. In her eulogy I wrote about how long and far her influence was and how much she kept the family together. And my take away is I too want to leave a legacy as she did. I want to be remembered by grandkids and great grandkids (I’d be very happy to make it that far but again, nothing is certain in life except death) someday. I want to be remembered as someone who did right by his family, more so was loved because I gave love, lots of it. In writing Lola’s eulogy I flashed back to my last article, When I Die where in I wrote about what I want to leave behind when my time does come. I believe it’s important we do, as the author Stephen Covey preached in his book The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, write our own eulogies. This is not to fret over death, or anything morbid as such, but to focus on our priorities while we’re alive.
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In the end, in the midst of life, we are in death. No need to have any qualms about it. However we should embrace it more than we usually do. Again it will remind us of what’s really important in life. When all is said and done, will we look back and say we lived life! I personally have to remind myself to not stress out over so many minute and insignificant or trivial things. So in writing Lola’s eulogy I am sad that she is gone, happy I got to know her, be a part of her life, and humbled by the experience of it all. It’s something I will carry with me as best I can everyday, to remind myself of what Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Live life to the fullest, take a chance, take a lot of chances, because it’s not the chances you took you’ll end up regretting…it’s the ones didn’t.