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Postcards of Grief

Mourning is a process.

Comments on breast cancer by proxy, written by a woman coping with the loss of her mother.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

I don't want to do another meme

But I do want to tell you that my uncle, you know, Uncle McJackass, is a member of the state's Polka Hall of Fame. For all of his assholery, he's actually quite good.

Oh, and I may have mentioned that my grandmother has her own set of problems. Several months ago, my father communicated to me that she made arrangements for her own funeral services and for the dog after her death. Peppy, the pepper-colored micro-poodle, was to be cremated and buried with my grandmother--that is, if the dog preceded her in death. If not, the dog was to be euthanized, embalmed, and stuffed into the casket with my grandmother.

Unfortunately, Peppy was the victim of a dog attack last month, and she has since been cremated. (Fortunately, no one has to take this dog to the vet and put down a perfectly healthy animal because my grandmother had the notion that Peppy would be inconsolable with grief.) My grandmother has since obtained two Yorkshire Terrier puppies who remain unnamed to this day. No news as to what will happen when my grandmother dies.


3 Comments:

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Jen said...

Oh, God, Em, what you wrote about your uncle and your mom -- it made me cry, right here at work. It's so unfair. *I* miss your mom, and I never even met her. I know she's with you today, especially.

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous funnie said...

WTF?!? Kill my dog and bury it with me?!? How bizarre.

I totally understand being superduperduper close to an animal...but simultaneously treating it like a posession is so weird. You kind of have to pick one or the other. Unless you're the type of person who wishes to "euthanize" ALL your loved ones when you die.

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Sheena said...

Someone needs to tell your grandmother she's not in ancient Egypt, and that she doesn't get to have other living creatures deceased for her burial.

 

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