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My grandmother passed away last night. I'm taking a few days off so I can be available to help out the family as needed and to give myself some time alone to grieve. My plan is to be back to the regular schedule next week, but right now I'm going to focus on my family so I may take a bit longer to get back on track.

Grandparents are pretty special people – they see things in a different light and their wisdom has been earned. My grandmothers lived during a time when frugality was a virtue and being industrious was expected. Acquiring stuff wasn't a priority for them, they focused on building their families into a generation of good people. Stuff breaks down over time while family grows stronger.

I'm going to highlight some lessons learned from my grandparents sometime next week; I would grateful if you shared a few of your family's treasures of wisdom to include with it. Please send me an email at elle AT couplemoney DOT com. I'll read your entries personally. My hope is to have a small collection of the wisdom and knowledge of loved ones.

Spending Time with Your Loved Ones

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post on showing you love someone without spending a ton of money. They have a big impact on the recipient and for you. Here are 3 things you can do –

  • Visit them. If you live nearby, see if you can at least spend a day with a loved one. It’s hard to replace face to face’s power.
  • Call them. Set aside a time where you can call your loved one uninterruppted.
  • Send a letter. Emails are convenient, but sending a personal note is well worth the effort.

Maybe if you have some free time this weekend, you'll reach out to your loved ones.   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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  1. What terrible news. I’m sorry to read that. Almost 15 years later I still remember exactly how I felt when my Grandma passed away. My thoughts are with you!

  2. Thanks for the support – maybe some time off will help me to recharge as well.

  3. I’m really sorry to hear about that. My own grandmother is also an amazing woman who has done a lot for the whole family, so I can relate to what you’ve said.

  4. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. Your advice is good: it’s easy to get busy and forget to call people we care about but obviously we can’t go back when they’re gone. I’m going to call my grandma now.

  5. Elle, so sorry to hear about your loss. Grandparents can teach us so much.

    My grandma taught me the value of taking care of what you. She was a child during the great depression and it impacted her greatly.