Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Remembering Grandma

My Grandma Harris passed away more than a year ago. As a long-time nurse, she made the decision to donate her body to medical research, and I thought it was so fitting that she did so. Wright State University school of medicine performed a spinal study on her body and then handled the cremation of her remains. Because of that, we weren't able to arrange for a burial at the time when we held her memorial service last July. So during this visit home, we were able to finally lay her to rest. 

My whole family was present as well as my Uncle Greg and his whole family. It was a simple burial with no service—just a time of quiet after we buried the box with her ashes and then a brief time for those who wished to say something. I didn't say anything. Just cried again for the Grandma who meant so much to me and had such a big part in my growing up. 

I remember this burial too, even though it has been 26 years. 

The date to be added here is May 30, 2010

Yes, it is probably odd that we take family pictures at funerals and burials. 

Afterward, we went to Grandma's house to continue the year-long process of going through her things and getting her house ready to sell. We sorted through her costume jewelry and the little girls had so much fun loading it on themselves. I love this picture of Lorien because I spent many hours playing dress up the same way when I was at Grandma's house. We were able to bring some of these pieces home with us so she can continue the tradition.

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