21st of December 2017 18:04 is a date and time I will always remember. This is the worst day of my life so far.
So this all started Monday the 18th of December at 23:35 when I got a phone call from my mum telling me to come to my granny’s, now my granny has been very ill for a while now and she was unable to leave her bed after Monday morning so we knew she was going down hill. My mum had called to say “the doctor has been out to see your granny and has said that she does not have long left, come over and see her and maybe say good bye, she may not make it to the morning”. Of course I went straight over.
When I got there she was asleep in her bed, medicated and, what seemed to be, in not too much pain.
The rest of my family came over and we all sat there saying good bye just in case she didn’t make it through the night. At 4 am I left my granny’s and came home, there was not much left for me to do and the rest of the family were leaving too, only my mum and two aunties stayed (these are my granny’s daughters).
She made it through the night.
Between Tuesday and Thursday night my granny didn’t seem to make any move worse or better, she just seemed to stay where she was, I thought this was a good sign.
I was wrong.
Unfortunately some point about 18:00 my granny passed, My granddad (her husband) had just said good bye for the night and left to go home with my mum. My auntie was on the phone ordering Chinese food, I was at home, the rest of the family were going about their day and my sister was in with my granny.
The next part is what I was told by my sister and this is her account of what happened.
My granny was appeared uncomfortable and agitated one moment and the next her whole body just relaxed. she shouted to my auntie to come through quickly, when she came into the room she said “she is fine, she stops breathing for a few seconds then she is fine” at this point my granny exhales for the last time and both my auntie and sister heard the “death rattle”. At this point they checked and confirmed that she was gone.
This is when everyone was phoned to come over immediately. Living the closest I was first to arrive, I didn’t believe them when they told me, how could this be possible, she cant be dead. I checked her for a pulse but could not find one……….. I froze in place. I couldn’t move. Couldn’t breath. I don’t know how much time passed whilst I stood there, looking at her before the rest of the family arrived, could of been a second, could of been an eternity, it was all the same.
We all got to go in and see her and say good bye. I was first, she was warm, which is not something I expected. I have always been closer to my granny that anyone else, which is what made this so much harder to deal with, I took her hand and broke down. I have never cried so much in my entire life, I didn’t know what else to do, I don’t think I could of done anything else.
Everyone had their time with her, got to say their good byes and then we phoned the doctors to come out and pronounce her officially dead. The doctor did that and then the funeral home came and collected her. I will always remember my granddad, a man who always knew what to do, he just stood there watching, not knowing what to do, what to say or where to go. for the first time in his life he as lost.
That was it, she was gone, we were left in the house, one by one everyone left, no one really knowing what to do now.
Margret Gribben, a woman loved by all will be greatly missed. R.I.P Granny, we all loved you and we always will love and remember you.
I miss you already.