" Grama & Grampa Barstow"
Grampa may have had a body that was old, scarred, and tired but his spirit was a vital, healthy young man that liked sweets. A LOT. But after three severe strokes in just a few short months, his body could no longer support him and his health deteriorated fast. Grama's care for him at home contributed entirely to Grampa's ability to hang on for so much longer than any of the doctors expected.
We were fortunate to get a chance to visit Grampa less than three weeks before he passed away and while it was one of the most difficult and painful visits of my life I am so glad that we were able to see him and say our goodbyes. I know that whatever grief we have felt over Grampa's passing, it can only be that much more unbearable for Grama. I can't even begin to imagine the heartache that comes with losing a spouse after so many years. It doesn't seem fair or right that one person should have to exist without the other.
I have long since abandoned the idea of knowing what happens to a person's soul when they die, but whenever I think of Grampa I can't imagine his spirit anywhere other than Paradise.