Goodbye Grandma Sylvia, I love you a lot

On Monday, April 28th, 2008, I kissed my grandmother good morning. I told her I loved her and she told me she loved me back. The previous night we watched television from 7:30pm to midnight.

I told her I was going to Wall Street to work, and that  when I got back to Los Angeles, it would be 4am her time, and that I would call her the next day.  We exchanged several “I love yous.”

I left work at 6pm, got on my flight at 9:30pm, and landed in Los Angeles at 1:30am. I checked my email from my phone, and found out that while I was in the air, my Grandma Sylvia passed away in her chair. She went very peacably.

This happened without warning. On May 17th, she would have been 100, and she was excited about it.

She was 99 and 11/12,  and  when I left that morning she was fine.

I am sick to my gut right now, but at least I know that my last conversation with her was me repeatedly telling her I loved her, and her saying the same.


13 Responses to “Goodbye Grandma Sylvia, I love you a lot”

  1. Jersey McJones says:

    Oh man. You have my most sincere and heartfelt condolences.

    Peace, JMJ

  2. Eagle 6 says:

    Eric, My sincerest condolences… We know how much you care because, even in the short time I’ve been visiting, you have always lifted your grandmother up and shared your love for her with us, verifying that she is an integral part of your life.

  3. lowdogg says:

    My grandmother is 93. I really hope she makes it to 100, as her mother did.
    I’m glad that you have that sweet memory with her. You have my condolences.

  4. laree says:

    I am so sorry Eric


  5. micky2 says:

    God bless Grandma and yourself Eric.
    Its times like this when anything I would like to say just wouldnt seem to be enough.
    I wish I could reach deep into myself and come up something incredibly soothing and prophetic to say.
    My father died in my arms and I know the pain.
    The best I can do is to let you know that you have a friend who is wishing you well and I have all the faith in the world that if your Grandma was anything like you shes sitting in Gods glory right now.


  6. Joshua Godinez says:

    What a rare and wonderful gift you were given to have your grandmother for so many years and to leave with love expressed warmly from you both. And yet, knowing that love will have to be remembered instead of directly experienced is so hard and you have my deepest sympathies.

  7. analah says:

    Oh Eric… *hugs you* I’m really sorry.

  8. deaconblue says:

    My condolences Eric. It’s never easy, and nothing that can be said will ever erase the pain and loss.

  9. charly martel says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. You are blessed that she went quietly and peacefully and that you had those last moments to share your love. May God comfort you.

  10. Cobalt says:

    Sincere condolences, Eric. It’s sweet that you were able to share those last hours together as you did. God bless you both.

  11. Lord Nazh says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you. She almost made it.

  12. chris naron says:

    Sorry for your loss, Eric. Sounds like you were blessed with an unusually vivid preview of Heaven.

  13. blacktygrrrr says:

    Thank you all of you. We do not always agree, but we are all good people.

    I was blessed to know her, and am further blessed by the outpouring of kindness from all of you.

    Hug your loved ones while you can.

    Thank you again.


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