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SAD TOPIC: Do you have any relatives/friends who are dead/not around?
Posted 12/9/14 , edited 12/9/14
Okay. I was thinking a while back. My "grandfather" on my dad's side is not my real grandfather. I never knew him. Turns out he died in a fire. It makes me sad thinking about it... Even if I didn't know him. And it makes me sad that I never got to know him. I knew my great grandfather for longer than most people have, and I'm still kinda sad about him dying... He died of brain cancer. Also, my great grandmother died of old age, a year ago. She lived for so long... Then there was a childhood friend of mine who I found out got ran over. A close online friend committed suicide a while back. That made me REALLY sad. Also my cat got ran over a few years back. RIP Callie, RIP PinkPuppy, RIP Hunter, RIP Mawmaw Velma, RIP Pawpaw Billy...

Do you have any relatives/friend that are dead/never around? I don't mind a wall of text here and there.
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Posted 12/9/14
My mom's dad was murdered when she was seven.
A cousin died last year from a stroke and another one died in a motorcycle accident.

One of my closest friends died during the first week of our senior year in high school. I still remember what he was wearing the last time I saw him.
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Dead: Grandmother and grandfather on my father's side. Grandfather on my mother's side. Cousin on my mother's side, car wreck, he was estimated to be going between 90 and 120 on impact, we suspect suicide now. Lost a couple of friends in high school, lost a 5 year old acquaintance to cancer when she was just 5 years old, another boy from the group died in a car wreck last year.

Not around: My father's family is split into pieces, we don't like each other very well. My mother's sister is kept at bay, her abusive personality finally showed itself to a point where what my sister and I claimed under her care was corroborated.
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Posted 12/9/14
This is a cheerful subject this time of year, lost a grandmother 30 some odd years ago today in fact, then the other side of the family grandparents, cousins gone, more classmates than I care to count, co-workers, friends, family, pets, enemies....

Strangely enough, Abe Vigoda is still alive.

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Posted 12/9/14
All but one of my grandparents is dead

Maternal grandfather: Died of Alzheimer's. Was too young to really remember his death and the aftermath of it, since I was only three when he passed. Still, nonetheless I have cried before wondering why he didn't live long enough to watch me become a kid, teenager, or adult. Life just isn't fair.

Paternal Nana: Alzheimer's. She's the most recent death. I would've liked more time with her. She went too soon. My other aunt allowed me to pick out some of her jewelry since she had no one really to give it to. It kind of yanks at my heartstrings a bit every time I look at the bracelet im wearing of her's… its a beautiful one, but I can't help thinking… I wish she were around to see me…

Paternal Grandfather: Bone Cancer - he smoked like a chimney the entirety of his life. He was very emaciated the last time I saw him before he died. That alone brought me to tears. Because I was in school my father refused to let me attend his funeral, since it was halfway across the country. He worked as a lawyer for most of his life in NY and told a plethora of bad jokes.

Paternal Aunt: Breast Cancer. She'd taken treatments and remission for it. She knew her chances of survival were slim but she persevered to the very end.

Bonus: if it counts
Tabby: She died when I was 8 years old but had been around since before I was born. She was my childhood cat.

Live grandparent:
Maternal grandmother: Alive, senile, stubborn, and kicking.
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Posted 12/9/14
If you wanna talk about "never around", I have a maternal great uncle who my grandmother hates, and basically forbids me from seeing. He has a history of drinking problems and being rather… eh… not the most upstanding citizen, but according to other family members he's changed a lot. My traditional grandmother however won't even accept him as a sibling. She really is a senile old coot sometimes. At 85 you kind of have a right to be.
Posted 12/9/14
All my grandparents are dead. I actually only got to meet one: my dad's mother. She died the day of my prom.
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Posted 12/9/14
yup my father died three months ago

never met grandfathers, apparently i have grandmother living though well i don't have to claim a grandparent who has never taken an interest in me

great aunts die, cousins die, etc etc. i know most of my mother's family. not my father's. but since they obviously never cared about me i don't really care about them either
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Posted 12/9/14
ooog.. great grandmother died when I was little. I kinda have vague memories of her.

my brother's father died of an overdose. His mother (my brother's grandmother) died shortly after.

then my mother remarried (wasn't married to brother's father, but married twice before), he died of cancer. Then his father died (would have been grandfather I guess), stroke I believe.

Then my brother lost his aunt.

nobody recently.

also one of my sister's friend died of overdose. A lot of kids around here go that way.

An internet friend of mine also died a number of years back. Just shortly after her daughter was born. Spoke with her on the phone a week before it happened.

I don't really feel much about it. I get more angry about myself not feeling. And I get a lot more emotional when I lose friends and girlfriends over fights. I think it's because death is inevitable. There's no choice. A fight and separation is because you can't compromise or for whatever reason, it just isn't working out. In short, it's more of a choice or a hardening of one's heart. It is avoidable and to me far more sad.
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Posted 12/9/14
Wellll....my biological great grandfather went MIA on the Eastern Front back in WW2. But that was long before I was even born...
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Posted 12/9/14
On the other hand, I got in contact with a sister I didn't know I had via Facebook this year (father's daughter after he remarried. she's 14 years younger than me.). She's literally on the other side of the continent, but seems pretty damned cool. I don't know when I'll have a chance to see her and such, but I should try to do it soon.
Posted 12/9/14 , edited 12/9/14
My grandmother died a couple of years ago. It was around this time of year, too (Christmas, that is). It always brings me down a bit around this time since we were really close... Plus she absolutely adored Christmas. When I was younger my family used to live together wither her in her house and we'd always decorate and bake sweets around this time. Even after we stopped living with her, it was kind of our tradition to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day over at her house. She had a ton of Christmas stuff too. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get most of that stuff due to some legal complications surrounding her will. But that's an entirely different story that I don't even want to think about right now...

How she died is another thorny issue in our family. Many of us blame my Aunt for how she handled things - and I absolutely despised her for the longest time for much the same reason. But at the end of the day, the true reason for her death was her alcoholism. God, do I hate alcohol. I'm a teetotaler because I basically blame alcohol for her death. Never had a sip of the stuff in my life and I view it with a seething hatred.

'Sigh' ~ Normally I probably wouldn't share all this, but I suppose I just felt the need to vent since these thoughts always come up around this time of year.

Still love Christmas though - both because of it's significance and also because I know my grandmother loved it so much too...

Aside from that, my "grandfather" (that is to say, my grandmother's husband) also died recently. I thought that was a shame, but we were never really that close. Aside from that, some friends of my parents have died, but nobody that I really knew. I'm rather fortunate in that I haven't experienced too much loss yet.
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Posted 12/9/14
All of my grandparents are dead. A community manager in an MMO I played often also committed suicide due to some anger disorders.
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Posted 12/9/14 , edited 12/9/14
My younger brother died a couple years ago when he was 13. My parents were in Hawaii and we were all staying at our grandparents and one morning we all woke up and he didn't. He was born with a heart condition and wasn't supposed to live past birth so as much as we miss him we were all thankful that he at least got to live a life, no matter how short it was.

I've also had several grandparents I was close with pass in the past couple years as well as my parent's neighbor about 4 years ago who i was also really close with, he was like another grandfather to me.
Posted 12/9/14

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My mom's dad was murdered when she was seven.


my grandad was military doctor and he was shot dead. never saw either of my grandparents.. my mom lost both her parents when she was 17.
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