My paternal grandmother passed away on Thursday and I'm in Ottawa with my family. My father is sitting shiva. He's an only child which, in this case, means he is the only official mourner (in terms of Jewish law/tradition). If ever there was an argument against only children, this is it. There is nothing more difficult than dealing with end of life arrangements alone. Of course, he is not alone. He has my mom, my sister and me, and all his friends, but when it's time to say Kaddish, he stands alone.
My grandmother's life story is quite a tale which I will share with you soon. But for now, rest in peace dear Rose.