I Lost My Grandfather Last Night

I’m typing this sitting at a Starbucks in Penticton, British Columbia. On Sunday night I received a phone call from my sister telling me that my grandfather was suffering from kidney and liver cancer, and was near death. This came as a complete shock to everyone – a few weeks ago he was healthy and walking around. Ashley and I got on a plane and flew to BC Monday afternoon, and got to see him open his eyes and acknowledge we were there. Last night, while I was holding his hand, he passed away – his lungs filled with fluid and his heart stopped. I’ve never experienced death in such a direct manner before, so it was an experience unlike anything else – and likely something I’ll be exploring on this blog in the future. We’re going to stay in Penticton until the funeral on Saturday, then we’ll be heading home.

I have no connectivity unless I walk over to the nearby shopping mall and pay $8 for an hour of online access ($13 for the day) so if I don’t respond to email messages, that’s why. I’ll likely be back on Sunday night and returning to work Monday morning.

  • Vinny

    Jason,

    I’m really sorry to hear that man. All the best to you and your family.

    Vinny

  • Jason,

    My condolences to you and your family on your loss.

    Jerome

  • Hey Jason,
    I just heard, I’m sorry to hear this.

    I lost my grandfather similarly last year, we went to the farm have Easter dinner with him and my grandmother. I was supposed to go back to see him the next Tuesday. But we found him in the fields before then. If you need anyone to talk to you have my contact info.

    If there’s anything I can do to help let me know.