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January 29, 2009

Tomorrow we are going to a funeral.  Or, I guess a ceremony.  I think that the deceased is being creamated, so there will not be a ceremony at the church.  Or at least I don’t think so, although I could be wrong, I am not really an expert on the Catholic Church.  I am becoming an expert on the whole death situation in France, as this will be my third funeral.

MrB lost his both of his grandparents on his fathers side of the family last year.  His grandmother passed first and her husband followed a few months later.  Both of his grandparents were ill for several years preceding their deaths.  They were both able to stay in their own home for a long time because of their neighbor, who was also his grandfathers sister.  She took care of her brother and sister-in-law everyday and was the one person that allowed them to stay in their home until it really was impossible for them to stay home.  The brother and sister were next door neighbors, and a little path connected their homes.  You stepped outside of the Grandfathers home, and walked straight over to the sisters.  They were in contact daily and took care of each other.

Andrea also cared for her husband, who has himself health problems.  I think that this past year she really wore herself out.  She took care of her husband, her brothers wife, and her brother respectively.  Her sister in law passed away which she took rather hard.  Her brother followed his wife a few months later, and she lost her neighbors, her friends and part of her family.

She passed away suddenly the other night.  It was unexpected and I think that shocked me more then MrB’s grandparents.  We are going to her funeral tomorrow morning at 8.30am.  I don’t know if there will be a lot of people there or not, but she deserves that we rendre hommage to her, as she was an unsung hero in her village and for her family.

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