When aÂ grandparent passes, we show our grief in many different ways because we are different from one another. Nana is a special poem, not because it is entitled Nana, but because myÂ mother-in-law,Â mother of 5, grandmotherÂ of 10, great-grandmotherÂ of 11, and great-great-grandmotherÂ of 4,Â will soon pass onto Heaven. Because she suffers from Alzheimers, she does not know thatÂ her children and grandchildrenÂ have visited,Â weeded her garden, planted her favorite summertime flowers, and said their goodbyes. They will miss her dearly, we all will but we believe she will be in a place where there is no illness, lots of friends, and her long missed husband. We have cried for her loss, her loss of her life as she knew it. At her funeral, we will cry not for her, but for us…for our loss…for our loss of a warm, loving mother and grandmother…our MomMom.
One single tear
I have not shed,
Not at the funeral or sitting on my bed,
I was not sad, I was not mad.
I did not cry, not one single tear.
Well as I am sitting here on this day,
two years after you went away,
Finally Nana, finally for you,
I will shed one Single Tear.
~ Clairebear ~
“Nana Poem” posted on Alzheimer’s Online Community