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By Carole Bennett
My grandmother was a remarkable woman; she witnessed nearly a century of human events, including some of the most dramatic changes in human history, while always continuing to stay connected and relevant to the present. She was the first entrepreneur in our family; in later life, during a time most people are enjoying retirement, she created a small business, decorating tables and providing catering setups for special events – while managing to be a quarter-century breast cancer survivor. Somehow, she also still managed to find time for family and one of her favorite pastimes, embroidery – I still cherish the peacock embroidery she did for me.
One of her secrets to success was an innate ability to prioritize, and stay prepared for all eventualities. She embraced life and held a deep regard for the joys of living; however, she was still mindful of the certain eventuality of her passing. She took great pains to ensure everything would go smoothly when her time came, planning details with family members and care providers – nothing left to chance. Now I’m preparing to say goodbye, and in the quiet hours before, reviewing all the arrangements I’ve made for the impact of her loss on my own small business. (more…)