Today, we say our Earthly goodbyes to one of the most incredible men I have ever met in my entire life. My family is grieving the loss of my grandfather; we feel the empty void very clearly. The head of the family is no longer here with us, and we feel his absence sharply.
But we know that he is no longer in pain, and is now in a place that is more amazing than the best possible day here on Earth. We also know that this is just a temporary goodbye. We know we will see him again. We are counting on it.
I wrote grandpa a letter a couple of days ago. I process things and express myself best in writing, so this was my way of saying goodbye to him. I never want to forget this letter.
I love you, Grandpa.
I’m going to try to get these words out of my heart, but I can’t guarantee I can finish this. Tears are hitting my fingers as I type.
I’m not even sure where to start. There’s a lot that hasn’t been said out loud, but it’s not necessary because I know how you feel. More than anything, I want to say thank you and I love you.
Looking back on the years we spent with each other brings back a collection of memories that shall never be forgotten. It was the memories with you that I now look back on as I treasure them with my heart and soul.
Thank you for being the one who inspired me to achieve the dreams I once aspired to accomplish as well as helping me grow into the young woman I am today. It was you who pushed me to exceed my limits through your words of wisdom (and maybe your silly jokes…).
It is because of you, Grandpa, that I truly believe that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. As a part of you, I look to the future knowing that I will carry a part your soul with me wherever I venture. Someday, I dream of being the successful and loving parent as well as grandparent you once were. No one will ever replace you or the warmth, love, knowledge and joy that you influenced me with.
Someday, I will see your smiling face again, and I will hear your big, deep laugh again. I will feel your tight bear hug squeeze again. I know it.
I love you so much and I will miss you every day.
Until we meet again,
I love you with all my heart….