Monday, April 18, 2011

goodbye Grandpa Boppy

Well, here we are on another Monday and I completely neglected blogging all last week.

It's not that I haven't wanted to blog, but I felt like I would be remiss in going on blogging like normal without saying a few words about Albert Locatelli. We lost Al last Friday, April 8th. He was a loving father, grandfather and friends. And although he's technically my "ex-father-in-law" we are still family. He was the most wonderful grandpa to these kids and I know they will miss him terribly. As sad as we are to have lost him, he wasn't well and he had made peace with the fact that it was his time.

In the last few years of his life, an interest in Buddhism grew into a deeper study. He had Taken Refuge at some point in the last year or so and planned how he would like us to commemorate his passing. A beautiful ceremony was organized at the Hospice House where he had spent his last days. It was an intimate and intense feeling to be in the room with his body, mere hours after his passing, surrounded by all his loved ones. I had never been part of a ceremony like that and it was very overwhelming - in a very positive way.

This is my first experience dealing with the passing of a loved one that was so intimately involved in my children's lives. As difficult for all of us as the experience has been, I feel fortunate that they are surrounded by so many people that love them and have supported them through this time and beyond.

Grandpa Boppy - we love you!!

If anyone else out there has experienced a similar situation with their little ones, how did you deal with it? I'd love to hear others' take on how they handled it. 

Thanks and Happy Tax Day!