Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe mourns the death of his grandmother
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe mourns the death of his grandmother. She passed away yesterday (August 5) at the age of 100.
Blythe’s grandmother had been in hospice care for almost three weeks and he shared his visits with her in an effort to encourage people to spend time with their elderly loved ones. In a long and sincere Instagram legend, he shared how her family made her comfortable in her last days and offered advice to those who are also dealing with a dying family member.
Read his article below.
The singer has shared several photos of his grandmother on his social media over the past few months, detailing her health, relationship and family history. He is one of four grandsons she had, in addition to a great-grandson. We extend our condolences to Blythe and her loved ones. Rest in peace.
Yesterday morning my grandmother passed away. It was my shift, and I had stayed awake with her until the early hours of the morning, talking to her, singing to her and holding her hand. Around sunrise, very soon after I fell asleep, she let go and slipped away peacefully. When she died, I was sleeping in a chair right next to her – she did not leave this world alone, with no family by her side. I woke up and saw that she was gone. I was so happy and honored to be with her until the end.
Grandma lived to be 100 1/2 years old. She had a great run for sure and had been ready to go for a while (she told us so), but her body just didn’t want to stop. She was, to say the least, a tough old bird – a week ago I asked her “How are you feeling grandma?” “Not too good,” she said, “But it could be worse.” She was hospitalized for almost 3 weeks and over the past 3 weeks I have watched her body change as it finally begins to die off. For a while she was in pain – the nurses were gorgeous, doing everything they could to minimize her pain, but a 100 year old body hurts. During this time, my family was present, holding her hand in difficult places and comforting her as best as we could. We all came to see her – she got to see everyone before she left.
I have always posted on my visits to Grandma to encourage people to go and visit their elderly loved ones, and to do so before it is too late. Additionally, in our modern society, we seem to have lost touch with the death lane – too many old people are locked in homes and left to die alone. So I’m telling you now – if your old one is dying, be there with them until the end if you can. This is the right way.
Do not be scared. Don’t look away. Help them to die well.
Here’s how to help an elderly person die: Sit next to them and hold their hand. Let them know that you love them and that you are grateful for everything they have done for you. Tell them not to worry, that you and the family are fine. Tell them that they can go, that they can go in peace as soon as they are ready. Let them know that you are there, that they are not alone. Quietly fill the room with your support and love. Be patient, be kind, be present. Sit down and wait.
You will not regret it.
I love you grandma!
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