An Ending

My grandfather has been in wonderful mood since they told him that he was going to die.

You see, he is ninety-five.
He has served in one World War and two conflicts.
He was a lawyer and a judge.
He lived on two continents in three different countries.
He’s outlived two wives and a girlfriend.
He raised two children by himself.
He graduated high school at age sixteen.
As we speak, he has a computer, an Internet account, and a cell phone.
He’s done a cross word puzzle every day as long as I’ve known him.
He whistles all the time.
He has lived a full life.

This weekend they diagnosed him with lung cancer. He is refusing all treatment for the cancer and is going home on oxygen. He feels better than he has in months and is resting comfortably. Hospice has come in, which means the doctor has given him less than six months. When someone is ninety-five, you know they aren’t going to be around forever, but still. . . it’s sad.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I’m so sorry your grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. I hope it takes him peacefully.

    I love what you’ve written about him. It’s a wonderful tribute. He sounds like one helluva guy!


  2. I am so sorry that he has lung cancer. But so glad he is at peace with the circumstances.

    Enjoy him while you can and write down his stories. Something I so wish I had done with my Gram.

  3. Small Town Girl says:

    Of course it’s sad becuase he’s your grandpa. It’s probably not going to be easy, but just remember all the years he had! Living to be 95 is a pretty amazing thing.

  4. White Hot Magik says:

    Go through the picture album with him and get all the names and details you can. I think it is wonderful he is at peace with it. A little harder for everyone else, sounds like a fun guy.

  5. That’s so sad. Sounds like he’s had a great life but it’s never easy no matter what age.

  6. Love the tribute.

  7. Anonymous says:

    A lovely tribute to you Grandfather.

  8. Nadine Hightower says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Enjoy what time you spend with him. He sounds like a great man.

  9. It sounds like he lived a full and rewarding life. My grandpa was the same way, but his unexpected passing was hard. Take advantage of the time yours has left so his last months will be just as memorable.

  10. I’m sorry that you’re dealing with this now. It sure sounds like he’s an incredible man who has had a great life. Even better, he seems at peace with it.