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Although death is a universal human experience societal responses to death vary according to cultural attitudes toward death as well as contextual factors including the primary causes of death and normative age at which death occurs Carr 2007 para 1 These words by Deborah Carr read true when I recall a moment that changed my life forever the death of my grandmother A woman of grace but also sass she lived to be sixty-three years old Family happened to be her first priority from the early age of fifteen having moved to the Florida from Georgia and getting married to my grandfather I can remember the last holiday spent with my grandmother She was not her most energized self and I realized that when she started to ask for help when decorating Through Christmases over the years she was very particular about her themed dcor As grandchildren we could not touch the reefs the lights or the small glass figures she would put up on display every season So two years ago when she gave me full creative freedom to hang her decorations for Christmas I was very surprised I wanted to please her so I didnt think any further than her being too tired to do it alone and possibly a little weak Just a couple of months later grandmother visited to the hospital for shortness of breath The end result of her visit became a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer About two months later she passed away A death in the family was something I had experienced prior to the passing of my grandmother But her death was different because she was the woman who took care and raised me A particular moment at her funeral changed my lifeWe rode in the backseat of a station wagon type of vehicle Once we arrived at the cemetery her casket was above ground covered in fresh tall-stemmed red roses Although I had seen
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