Friday, April 18, 2008

Goodbye Grandpa Mac

This morning at 11:15 a.m. my Grandpa McKinstry, "Mac" passed away. I got to be there at the hospital when it happened and it actually was a peaceful experience. He had been having health problems for a few months, and had to be moved to an assisted living center then this last Tuesday things started to get more serious. He was checked into the hospital and was in quite a bit of pain, so they got him some medication to be comfortable. My dad and his brothers spoke with Grandpa to see if he wanted to proceed with more extensive measures to help him and he said, "I want to go home" meaning home to heaven. My Dad gave him a wonderful blessing and told him he had been valiant here on earth and had taken good care of his family, and that is was OK to go and be with Grandma (who has been gone for over 10 years) and my Aunt Gaye, his only daughter (who has been gone 4 years).
I am so grateful I was there, and even more grateful for my wonderful Grandpa Mac. He was a simple and hardworking man, that loved and worried about his family. I got to gain a closer relationship with him in the last few years because he had been living with my parents, and I was able to see and talk with him often. We are sad as a family that he's not here anymore, but joyous that he is with loved ones again without any ailment. I am 27 years old and I have lost both of my Grandpas in the last 5 months, but feel fortunate to have had them for as long as I did. I also am looking forward to having my whole family be together again to honor the Grandpa we love!

11 comments:

The Crompton's said...

I love that picture! What a WONDERFUL Grandpa. He did so much for us. We will miss him too! How grateful we are for the Gospel - to know he is home and happy! Love you guys! Can't wait to see you...love Jamie :)

Audra said...

Hi Allison. I came to say hi, but I am really sorry about your grandpas - that sounds tough! I'm glad he's home with his sweetheart though.

Shannon said...

What a tribute to your grandpa. I am sorry to hear that they are both gone but as you said it is nice that he is home again!

Bilary said...

I'm sorry about the loss of both of your grandpas. A grandpa is definitely a special person. Mine are both gone too. I never really knew one because he was always so sick, but I miss the other one terribly. He had such a soft spot in my heart.

But I loved your tribute to your grandpa. I am sure he is looking down on you and smiling. You are wonderful, and he has to be proud of you. Let me know if we can do anything for you!

The Cooper's said...

That is the sweetest picture of you and your Grandpa. I am truly sorry for your loss. But what a reunion it must have been for him and your Grandma!

king's said...

Hey Allison -
What a sweet post about your Grandpa. It is always hard to lose someone you love so much. I'm glad you got to spend some time with him recently.
We love you and we'll be thinking of you and your family.
- Kelly

Haley Wheatley said...

Allison-
That was so nice to hear about your grandpa. That picture of you two made me cry. It is so hard to watch your grandparents get old and sick. Thank goodness for the plan of salvation! By the way I love Abby's pig tails!! She is so cute!

Ashlee said...

That gave me goosebumps. What a sweet post. Isn't it the greatest comfort that we KNOW we'll see each other again.
I'm sorry for your loss, but it was neat to read about him.

Love Klan said...

That is such a darling picture of you and your Grandpa! I am not looking forward to the day one of my Grandpas passes away! But like someone said, what a great reunion for him!

Blackeyedsue said...

I am so sorry for your loss Allison. That picture of you and your grandpa is priceless.

daiseymae said...

I am crying right now, that was beautiful! I never knew my real grandpa's because they both died before I was born. But I was able to have a wonderful step grandpa through my older teen years and as an adult until a couple months ago. We miss him and the relationship we used to have durring the good times. Grandpa's are a special gift tthats for sure!