I have just heard from our family in Vietnam that my mother has sadly passed away today.
It is our responsibility to gather together and honor Grandmother. Vietnamese families gather when a loved one passes and pay them respect. You will see when we get there. It is also tradition on the day or anniversary of someone's death, you are not allowed to schedule any special occasions, like a wedding, on that day.
Why do we have to cancel all of our plans and head straight to Grandma and Grandpa's house?
Yes, but only once when we went to Vietnam a couple of years ago.
Did you ever get to meet her?
My grandpa calls us with sadness in his voice and bad news.
I was 9 when I met her, and we were the same height. We walked around holding hands and smiling at each other. I remember going around her temple and seeing orphans she was helping. The look of pride on her face as we walked around the temple was beautiful.
We all dropped everything and headed straight to my grandparents' house.
I also remember seeing her go up the stairs of the temple like it was no problem at the age of 103. Her energy was amazing, and I will never forget that experience.
We enter my grandparents' house and are immediately greeted by family.
Thank you, Dawn. I can not express how truly grateful I am that you were able to get that picture of me and my mother. Without it, I wouldn't have a picture of just the two of us.
We all sat around sharing stories about my great grandmother.
It made me feel closer to Grandmother sharing my memories.
My grandpa shares a special picture of Grandmother with us.