Sad News

I just found out that my Aunt Erma passed away this morning. It wasn’t entirely unexpected–she has been diagnosed with cancer in December, and bceause of her age, there was little doctors could do. But I’m still pretty upset by this news. Her funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, so I’ll be flying into Atlanta Tuesday to reconnect and reminisce with family and friends.

Aunt Erma was, in many ways, more like a grandmother than an aunt, something I expressed by calling her “Grandmother #3″ when I was about three or four years old. I’ve been trying to cherish the positive–her stories about working as a nurse and in her hometown post office, my memories of her pleasant laugh and her compassion for others.

15 Comments »

  1. TerminalMFA Said,

    January 22, 2006 @ 6:00 pm

    chuck — my condolences to you and your family. Hope you have safe travel and a good time of reconnecting and reminiscing.

  2. TerminalMFA Said,

    January 22, 2006 @ 6:02 pm

    Chuck — sorry to hear the news; my condolences to you and your family. I hope you have safe travel, and a time of reconnecting and reminiscing.

  3. girish Said,

    January 22, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

    My condolences, Chuck.

  4. Nels Said,

    January 22, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

    Oh, so sorry to hear. I bet you’ll hear and tell a lot of stories about her this week.

  5. TerminalMFA Said,

    January 22, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

    Sorry my comments posted twice, Chuck. I was having trouble getting it to post…

  6. kari Said,

    January 22, 2006 @ 8:17 pm

    So sorry about your aunt Erma, Chuck. Safe travels to and from Atlanta.

  7. Chuck Said,

    January 22, 2006 @ 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the condolences and good wishes, and yes, Nels, I’m sure there will be many stories.

  8. Jason Said,

    January 23, 2006 @ 6:36 am

    Very sorry to hear about your aunt Chuck. Safe travels to Atlanta.

  9. Michael Said,

    January 23, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    My deepest condolensces, Chuck.

  10. George Said,

    January 23, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear this sad news, Chuck. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  11. CM Said,

    January 23, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about that. My thoughts are with you.

  12. Sujewa Said,

    January 24, 2006 @ 6:37 pm

    Death sucks man, I am not at all a fan of it. When I have some extra cash I am going to donate it to immortality research (I am totally serious about this, there is a young scientist in England working on this issue – in Cambridge I think).

    Sorry to hear about your aunt passing away Chuck. Hopefully she lived a full & excellent life.

    Take care.

    Sujewa
    *******

  13. Chuck Said,

    January 26, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    I’ll write a longer entry/update later, but just wanted to thank everyone again for their kind words and emails. The funeral was nice, and it was good to see that my aunt had so many supportive friends and family.

  14. Scrivener Said,

    February 3, 2006 @ 11:43 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Chuck.

    My RSS feed for your site seems to have gone wonky, because it hasn’t shown any of these posts of late. I hadn’t realized I’d become so reliant on the little bold text of Bloglines to manage my reading. Sorry I was so late coming by.

  15. Chuck Said,

    February 3, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    Thanks, Scrivener. I’ve been having some problems with my RSS feed off and on for a while now. Not sure how to fix the problem….

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