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I lost my great great grandmother in December and I took it alot harder than I thought I would. I had to take a bunch of time off work because I was just an emotional wreck. The funeral helped some but it was just so hard. She was the only grandparent that really made sure to remember my sister and I when we were little. I feel that I won't really see that side of the family anymore because we only ever saw them at the family picnic that she hosted (including August 2010). It feels strange sometimes when I remember she is gone. And its such a different emptiness from my losses of my children. She wrote us all a letter and I have that and some wonderful pictures from the family picnic. I guess I just don't know if what I am feeling is normal. I guess it is. It just feels different than other losses. Maybe because she was closer to me than some of the other older people that died when I was younger. Anyway I mostly just needed to ramble and get some thoughts out. She was an amazing women who was 99 years old and saw so much amazing stuff during her lifetime and had a wonderful relationship with God that I had no idea about. I mean I knew she went to church but had no idea how involved she was. Anyway thanks for reading if you did read.
I don't know what is normal with the loss of a grandparent. I haven't lost a grandparent since my great grandparents passed before I was 10. I have a 100 year old great grandpa and a ton of grandparents. I don't have a clue what it will be like when any of them pass. I'm sure there are many different "normal" ways to behave after the loss of such a loved one.
My grandfather died when I was young but we weren't that close. Really though, what you are describing sounds normal to me. Like we say on RPL, every grieves differently. You were close to her. It's normal to be devastated by a loss. Also, know that no two losses are the same. I don't think I've ever grieved the same way twice.
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