I still can't believe she's gone. She's been gone for a week now and it still seems like she's just gone on vacation and she'll be back soon. My sister Heather and sister-in-law Michelle and I had the honor of dressing Mom and doing her make-up. She looked absolutely beautiful when we were done with her. She just looked like she was sleeping and looked as if she could open her eyes at any moment. The kids didn't see her until Saturday before the funeral. The kids handled it all very well, and I really didn't think Kate would know what was going on. But I took her to the casket anyway and showed her Grandma. Kate immediately lunged forward and reached out her arms, just like she would when Grandma was alive- she wanted her to hold her. When Grandma didn't respond, Kate gently and tenderly put her head on my shoulder. Then she did the same to Richard. She looked at Grandma again and reached out and then rubbed her chest- the sign for "please". It was so precious. Richard and I were bawling. She probably knows more than I ever thought she could. This picture is so special. I love my Dad and siblings so much and as my brother said in his talk, it was truly an honor to sing with them and be with them that entire week. We strengthened eachother and I am so grateful for the love we share. David and I spoke at the funeral, along with 2 of her dear friends. The grandkids sang "Families Can Be Together Forever" and children and spouses sang "Be Still My Soul". It was indeed a beautiful day. Mom, we miss you more than words can express.
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