I hadn't said anything, because I was hoping she'd pull through, but Nana was admitted to hospital three weeks ago. The doctors weren't sure what was wrong with her, but she was refusing to eat. This past year her dementia has escalated and she had a couple of hospital visits, but she still managed to live in her unit with carers coming, as opposed to going into a nursing home, and I think this is what she would have wanted.
The past few days she'd been steadily fading. I visited her four days ago, and she was talking and able to say my name, but the day after that she became unable to speak. My uncles from around Australia came to Adelaide - sadly, my Uncle Graham was an hour late. She really tried to hold on, you could tell. It was very sad for him.
Mum and Uncle Gavin were holding her hands the entire time. I was sitting close by. Uncle Geoffrey's a Priest (and Nana Christian), so he was there praying. Then, we were all singing to her. She loved to sing. It was, in some ways, a beautiful moment. She died with family and she had always been a family oriented person, so it was only fitting. Nick and Dad picked Graham up from the airport and he came and said goodbye. My brother Jeremy and his girlfriend showed up, as well as my cousin Debra and her husband.
The funeral is on Tuesday. We're having a wake and we'll celebrate her life the way she would have wanted us to.
I'm mostly trying to be there for Mum, because they were very close and Mum's understandably upset.
My Nana was an amazing woman and she did live a full life. She travelled the world. She created a warm and loving family. Up until approximately 5 years ago she was fighting fit, going to church, catching the bus to visit us for Sunday lunch - at 88! Even after then, she never lost her dignity. She was a fantastic role model.
I'll probably be overcompensating with glee for a while. It makes it easier. Nana certainly wouldn't want me wallowing, she'd tell me off :D I feel lucky to have known her. I'll miss her. I love her.