My mom has 7 brothers and sisters. Even though my grandparents didn't have a lot of money, they loved their kids. When I was 8 months old my grandpa died from lung cancer, and he didn't even live to see some of his grandkids. My mom's oldest brother died about 4 years ago from liver failure. His death, although it made me sad to see my mom torn up about it, didn't make me cry because I never really knew him. Our family (although large) is really close knit. We may live hundreds (or thousands) of miles away but we still keep in touch. On January 13, 2013, my grandma unexpectedly died. She had some health issues but death was not in the picture.  We had just visited her over New Year's. I was broken. I cried myself to sleep every night. Her funeral didn't give me closure. I was mad, sad and was asking God why she died and why she couldn't come back. It took me a while to remember that everything happens for a reason. When someone you are close to dies, it's going to be hard. It's going to hurt. But God helps you through the hard times. If you are with God no matter what happens in your life, it will be so much better than if you only spend time with Him in the good times.  The biggest thing that helped me was knowing she wasn't suffering anymore and she was in Heaven with God all the time. Our time and God's time are different.  We weren't ready for her to leave us, but God was.  You may have a plan for your life but God's plan is so much better.

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