The day my grandfather was buried, I knew there was a God.
My grandfather had always been a devout Catholic and a hardworking man. He
had worked at Hallmark for decades as an engineer. He created many things there that
are now in use at Hallmark, such as Hallmark Card Creations. He also invented the
original prototype for the sound cards. Religiously, he was strong. He was like most
Catholics by attending Mass every Sunday. Around ten years ago, his second wife was
diagnosed with cancer; in 2007, it came back stronger. He nursed her through it, but in
August of the same year, she died. Although it is sad, things got worse.
On Christmas Eve of 2007, my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. He
never thought about death; he always thought that there would be a cure, a miraculous, unknown cure. He seemed to be doing better, but suddenly, everything went south. The
cancer spread throughout his body. It hit everywhere, from his organs to his bones, yet
he still never thought about death. Eventually, it became so bad that he needed a
hospice nurse. Although my family prayed for a miracle, my grandfather died in March
I just couldnʼt believe it. He was my best friend, and we were so close with each
other. I was in shock; I didnʼt think that the cancer would affect him so fast. It had only
been three months since he was diagnosed, and he was dead. I began to doubt my
faith. I had just lost two family members in seven months.
A few days later was the visitation. So many people came to pay their respects. I
never really knew how many people knew my grandfather. He was well known
throughout his town. I was amazed that so many people cared about him. Seeing this
somewhat raised my spirits, and I didnʼt feel so bad anymore.
On Friday was the funeral. I began to feel better because I know that he wasnʼt in
pain anymore, but I still really missed him. All of the grandchildren were taken to the
church in a funeral in a van while the rest of the family was taken in limousine. As we
pulled up to the church, the song “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe came on the radio. I
was speechless. “What is going on?” is the only thing that was running through my head
My grandfather was an amazing man that I was really close to. He was strong in
his faith, and he was always hardworking. He was also extremely close to his entire
family. I believe that he knew how sad I was when he died, and that through the song,
he sent me a sign from God that he was alright and that everything was going to be
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