"Angels We Have Heard on High" Will Never Sound the Same

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My friend Cheryl says deaths come in threes. I’m not sure I really believe that, but as this is the third time I’ve written an “in memoriam” post in the last few months, maybe she’s right.

Last night I got the call I’ve been waiting pretty much my entire adult life for. You see, until last night, I had all four of my grandparents still living. At 27, that is rare. It’s been so neat for Libbie to see all 7 great-grandparents at least twice in her short life.

I knew when the phone ring it would be bad news. Or maybe I just always think that? But I did know my dad was with my grandpa in the hospital in Ohio. So while it was not expected, exactly, it was not unexpected. My Grandpa (yes, long-German-last-name Grandpa) passed away. I *think* he was 87.

Things with Grandpa have been difficult the last few years, as he became older, more ornery, and sick. But when I think about the Grandpa of 15 years ago, who loved to travel, who always wore a jaunty hat, who always sang his own made-up part when we Christmas caroled (he still did that, even this Christmas), I ache with losing him. I wish Libbie could know him. I wish my other kids could meet him.

I am no longer a girl with four grandparents. I feel like I’m sliding into the sadness of adulthood.

It’s good we have this hope of forever. Really good. And I hope right now, Grandpa is dancing like he hasn’t danced in years, singing his own made-up harmony in a worship song to Jesus.

11 thoughts on “"Angels We Have Heard on High" Will Never Sound the Same

  1. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandpa. It is never easy. (I was one of the rare ones, I lost my first grandparent at almost 31.) My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    * hugs *

  2. I had the same thought, taking comfort thinking about Grandpa dancing the polka around heaven! Love you cuz xoxo

  3. I'm so sorry about your loss. I lost my Grandpa last year, and it's just so hard, letting go of someone who's a part of you and has always been there.

    Peace to you and yours,

  4. I'm so sorry to hear this, Jessie. I started losing my grandparents many years ago, but there's never an easy time. Like you said, though, what a blessing to have our hope in the Eternal King and to know we'll see these treasured family members again!

  5. Sissy–I love you!! I wish I could be there with you right now. I was thinking yesterday about the "yo" pic…where Grandpa was too old to ride the slide at the resort, and we put his hat on backward and taught him how to say yo so he could pass to ride the slide 🙂 just remember him like that, not ornery and stubborn! See you this weekend… <3

  6. I love you, sweetie, and I'm thinking of you and your family. Clutch all of your other grandparents close.

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss! Grandparents are very special people. It's hard to lose one of them. Hugs to you!

  8. I'm so sorry, Jess. Both of my grandmothers died when Lydia was just 10mo. It was heart-breaking. I only have 1 grandfather left and he's never even met Lydia much less Asa. It's weird, huh?


  9. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My grandmama is my last grandparent, one of my best friends, and rational or not I feel a strong need to have a child before anything happens to her, since I cannot imagine my kids never knowing her. I hope your grandfather is dancing and singing, waiting for you to join him someday.

  10. Beautiful words! At 33, I still have all four of my grandparents. My husband doesn't have any of his and it's been such a blessing getting to share mine with him. They adore him (probably b/c he's an ol' fogey like them- lol)!

    I am very sorry for your loss. {{HUGS}}, my friend!

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