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mayflower988
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Hello, everyone. Today is my beloved Granny's first anniversary in heaven. She passed away from cancer last year. I still miss her terribly. We were very close. I'd like to write a story to honor her/help me deal with my feelings, but every time I try to write a story, I just end up journaling, basically. I just end up writing what I'm thinking and feeling rather than trying to form a plot. Oh, well. Perhaps that is what I need to be doing anyway. :) (Although I did have a lovely retrospective fantasy where I invented a magic ray gun that I used to zap Granny's cancer away and she got better and went on to live many more years...not really a plot so much as wishful thinking.) :)
Maybe someday I'll be able to incorporate my experience into my writing. We'll see.

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I'm sorry that she's no longer with you.

My own grandmother pretty much raised me during my youth. Though I know it will happen eventually, I am not ready for her to pass away.

I'm sure that one day you'll be able to capture these emotions in your writing.

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Thanks. I don't think I was ready for Granny to pass away, either. I don't think we can ever be ready for our loved ones to leave us. Well, if it's possible to be ready, then I don't think we would feel ready. I know I still selfishly wish Granny was still with me. I had wanted her to see me get married, have kids, start a career.
I know lots of authors have written fiction from their pain. Edgar Allen Poe, Louisa May Alcott, and Flannery O'Connor come to mind; I'm sure there are others. So I know it's possible. I just haven't figured out how to do it yet. Maybe I can start by writing in story form the crazy things Granny did. :)

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Condolences from me, mayflower988.

It may be too soon and the pain still too fresh.

Keep journaling. Any writing is good exercise, if nothing else. You'll be glad you did.

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Thanks. I'll do that.
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I understand. My mother passed away over a decade ago, but to this day when I pass her exit on the turnpike I feel the impulse turn off for a quick visit.
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