Posted 6/5/2007 7:52 PM (GMT -6)
Hi everyone. I'm new here and back in February I lost my grandfather to Alzheimers. When I was younger I spent a lot of time with him at his home up north but I lived four hours away and once I started school I didn't spend as much time up there as I would have liked. about 6 years ago he was diagnosed with the disease that we all are here to discuss and help each other through. At the time I was 13 and didn't really comprehend what the disease was and what was going to happen to my grandfather. about 3 years ago he was place in a nursing home about five minutes away from my house and twenty minutes away from my dorm. I visited him as much as I could but not as much as one would like. Near the end it became difficult to see what had become of him because he was no longer the happy, fun loving Pappy I had known for so many years, he was a thin faced sad looking man who's eyes only showed confusing and a look of being lost. I had started to finally comprehend what was going to happen the last time I saw him which was right after Chirstmas of 2006. I knew it would probly be the last Christmas that he would be with us. In February he passed away and everyone went back up north for the funeral which was a funeral held that would only be for him. There was laughing and happiness, and of course there were tears but you could tell that he was in a better place. As he lay in his casket he even had a little smirk that he was all too well known for. I will always miss him but I know in some way he will always be with me.