My grandmother passed away last Friday. We had been prepared for many years in a way. My grandmother had been through a lot. She was a two-time cancer survivor, came back from a multi-week coma, and dealt with numerous hospitalizations – but lived for decades after. I saw her in the hospital three and a half years ago, and then we had wondered if she would come back. But she did. She had this amazing streak of near-death experiences where you could have written her off but she never let you do it.

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