I feel like I know your aunt Rosemary from these loving words of grief. As a "kind, smart woman", Rosemary must have loved having a kind, smart niece who kept in touch. She would have been thrilled that you were at their 50th wedding anniversary to share the joy. My own mother had a very special and exceptionally close bond with an older cousin of mine from having lived with her parents for their first two years of my cousin's life. My cousin often referred to my mother (her aunt) as "my other mother", even while she had a close, loving relationship with her own mother. My cousin was one of the last people to see my mother, which was something both would have wanted.TheBrain wrote:My dad’s sister, Rosemary, died of Alzheimer’s this week. She did well cognitively until she reached her early 80s; I believe she had a lot of cognitive reserve, which staved off the disease until then. Quickly, she dropped into advanced Alzheimer’s. She died in her mid-80s.
My aunt was always so good about keeping in touch with family members. First with my dad. After he died, then my mom. After she died, then with me. She was a kind, smart woman....
Anyway, I’m feeling sad today but also relieved that my aunt’s soul is now free of her ravaged brain and body. My one sister and I plan to attend her services. We’re waiting on the details.
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