17 May 2002
Pijnacker, The Netherlands

Dear Grandma,
I was deeply sadend to hear about your passing. Especially since you were such a great person and someone that we really cared about. We will all miss you in this world but love you and your soul just as strongly, if not more.
You have always meant so much to me. You were my best friend when I was younger and often helped me through rough times. You still do help me, even today, for your love, caring and advice still bubbles up from within me.
Christmas 2001 was a great event. You were so cheerful, happy eating almost like me! We all had so much fun and that is such a great thing. It was fantastic to see you again and especially during Christmas, a time of year that you loved so much. Oh how I love you as well and the Christmas season as well.
For all seasons there is an end. However hard this is to digest for some, it seemed to me that you Grandma had a great understanding of what God has planned for us. Perhaps not the mystery itself, but more the faith in what Jesus promises. And low and behold the reading at church today was John 3:16, which reads,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.”
How fitting was that- almost as if you yourself had planned this whole reading out, to reassure my faith! One only has questions when such an event happens and you answered two for me, for I also had always wondered what this sign was that people held up at football games and what not... I knew it was a scripture and verse from the Bible, but just today, at mass, the mass I attended in your honor did these answers come flooding in!
Take care Grandma, we are thinking of you and miss you.
It is so ironic that you passed exactly 17 years after Pop, same day! You passed at 7:00am, he went forth at 7:30am and in the same hospital! See you one day Mom#2 and Pop- I LOVE YOU!

Ecclesiastes 3:
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
... ... ...
14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it,
nor any thing taken from it:
and God doeth it,that men should fear before him.

15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been;
and God requireth that which is past.

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