A few months ago, I experienced an unwelcome reality of life that many have been through before: the passing of a loved one. None of us are exempt and it can feel very foreign and quite humbling when a loved one is approaching the end of their life. Despite my tenure, training and professional experience, I found myself floundering with more questions than I had answers when things were at their worst.

We can all reflect on what our grandparents meant to us and what impact they had on us as we grew into adulthood.  If you are a grandparent, you may have a particular hobby that you enjoy with your grandkids, take delight in spending time with them or extra delight when it is time to return them to their parents once the visit is over. On this Grandparents Day, seek out your grandchildren or grandparents and really connect with them. If you are a grandchild, ask them their advice. Remember the intent of the holiday is “to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

My grandmother was a source of inspiration for many inside and outside of our family.  She represents for me a beautiful and very clear voice of love and encouragement. The multitude of memories that we made together over the course of my life has brought me so much peace in these past few months. I have felt a greater privilege since her passing to serve the population that we do on the KP campus. I was able to accept all the changes with her decline and impart support and knowledge to my own family when they needed it most. My grandmother would have been proud.

KP families, join us on Grandparents Day and create those moments and memories to reflect on with your family.

Kimkitta Cariah-Butler
Director of Family Services

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