"I went longer instead of harder and it was the perfect choice."

I just returned from four days in Pittsburgh for my grandma Millie's funeral. She had a peaceful passing, surrounded by her children, which as far as dying goes seems like the best way to me. She died eight days after her diagnosis with lung cancer. Apparently God didn't want his sweet girl to suffer much. I don't see my Pittsburgh relatives as often as I could, and being back in the fold of family felt really good. My Dad always talks about how he "stands on the shoulders" of all the people and generations in his family, so it's pretty cool to go and see some the shoulders. It was old school in the finest sense, with viewings and nuns and repeated rosaries. My cousin Erin and I were asked to do readings at the mass, my brother Jon was one of the pall bearers, and my Dad asked me to lead the prayer at lunch following the service. It felt good to be a small part of somethin...

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