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Today I was just about to upload a different photo when my mum rang me from Australia and told me that my Grandpa died in his sleep this morning. He was 92. I took this photo of him on his 'porch' 9 years ago just before I moved to Osaka. Then 83, he told me he thought it may be the last time I would see him. Since then I have been back for visits to Australia numerous times and witnessed his body slowly wither away from the huge frame of a man he used to be. For the first 5 years of visits he would repeat his claim of 'this' being our last meeting, but in the last 4 years he stopped making such comments and talked more about wanting 'to go'. This was the first time I realized he had really aged. His mindset had moved beyond anything I could fathom. Death was no longer a concept to him, but the reality of every breath his body struggled to take and he no longer saw the neccessity of it. It was not morbidity. He had lived and now he was ready 'to go'. I was very lucky to have had such a 'grandpa'.

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