They say that for children, losing a parent is like losing a kidney. They are left with the loss and also the fear that they may lose the other one. Adult children have the perspective and expectation of aging parents leaving this world, but even so, the loss can be painful and life changing. I don’t think we realize what an important and irreplaceable link we are to their deceased parent. Perhaps even more so to our grandchildren as a link to the other grandparent.
We have stories and memories that will be lost to the family if we don’t take time to tell or record them. Imagine what it would feel like to find a journal from or about your parents or grandparents. How precious this would be! Maybe we should all take time to tell or write some stories down for our descendants. These could be gifts that might be cherished by future generations.