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Today my Oupa died

This morning just after 8 AM my grandfather passed away.

The nurse said she came to serve him breakfast and he was still sleeping. Ten minutes later when she came back he was gone. Nobody was with him at the time, but it would seem he died in his sleep.

He fought a long hard battle with cancer for the past 3 years or so. In the last 3 months he deteriorated at a rapid pace. We were surprised that he held on so long. It was a terrible thing to behold.

I really wanted to go and see him. I said to my colleague just before I got the call that I needed to go and see him, he wasn’t looking well. The last time I saw him was Sunday. I got the call that we need to get to him, he looked really bad. I dropped EVERYTHING and went to him, but it was too late. He was already gone.

I wanted to see him. I was afraid to look, but I remembered how much I regretted not seeing Jamie and not saying goodbye to her properly, so I braved it. My colleague that was with me helped me through it. She uncovered him (he was covered with a sheet) and I was glad that I looked. He seemed so at peace. Before they took him away I kissed his forehead and told him I love him. I know he knew.

I was so blessed to have him in my life. I loved him deeply and always will. I will miss him terribly.

Today my hero, a legend died. There is nothing more I can say that I haven’t said already. I am glad I went to see him and said a goodbye, even though he was already gone.

Thank you, Oupa, for everything you’ve meant to me. I will love you forever.