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Wow! This is such a sweet and amazing story! I love the friendship your Mom had with Gaynell and how they were so close she even stayed in touch with you after your Mother's death. That's a sisterhood right there...not just friends. It sounds like you're going to have a pretty amazing ensemble waiting to greet you in heaven someday!


My goodness what a beautiful story. I seriously think that this is the first blog post that has ever made me cry. =) Thank you so much for sharing.

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Paula Kiger

Thank you for sharing this. My father in law just had a stroke (much more minor than Gaynell's) but it resonates with me -- having sat in a hospital admitting room before a relatively minor post-stroke procedure -- with them asking the "living will" questions. It sounds so easy to say "oh yeah I have a living will" but when a clerk is asking each question somewhat blithely, and you're initialling a piece of paper, it seems a heck of a lot more real. I loved this. Thank you.


It's amazing to know such wonderful people. And wonderful that her family gave her such a dignified way to go.

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What a beautiful story and such a blessing that you were able to say goodbye in such a touching and memorable way.


Everyone deserves to have such a a wonderful friend as your mother had in Gaynelle. It's wonderful you were able to say goodbye.
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Sarah at 32Flavors

Good gracious this has left me in a weepy mess. So glad you were able to have that visit with her.


This is gorgeous, Gretchen (have I ever told you how much I love your name? Weirdo.) I am so glad your mother had Gaynelle and Gaynelle her. I'm more glad Gaynelle had you and you her. This is one of those times where you can't just throw something into the coincidence pile and let it be. This was meant to be, your ability to say goodbye to her.

Jan's Sushi Bar

Dang it, you have such a talent for making me cry.

Katherine M

Great post. So moving.....


That was so beautiful.

Ginny Marie

Oh, Gretchen, I'm so glad you were able to see her before she died. What a beautiful post on those two powerful words!


A beautiful story, and it makes me cry in this rainy morning here in Jakarta. Thanks for sharing.

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