Posts Tagged "grandma phoebe"

Phoebe Jung: In Memoriam

Saturday, a lot of the Jung family returned to Indianapolis to attend Grandma Phoebe’s funeral. We are all spread out across the US (and even as far as Shanghai), but came back together again to say our farewells at Crown Hill Cemetery.

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Goodbye, Grandma Phoebe

I don’t know the exact moment she passed, but I feel very strongly it coincided with the arrival of my mom, my dad, Aunt Becky, Uncle Corky, and Auntie Dawn. In the room, we were intent on watching grandma’s slowed breathing. If she did not pass right when the family arrived, she passed soon after they gathered around her bedside.

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The Difficulty of Leaving

I had a very challenging time, leaving Indianapolis knowing that my grandma was in hospice. In going back to Chicago, it felt like a selfishness – me declaring to the world that my own activities and my own interests were more important. More important than staying.

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Grandma Phoebe Update

Tuesday morning, we learned that Grandma’s heart rate had dropped a bit. When we arrived at her room, Jordan, my sister, and I met up with my mom and dad, Uncle Corky, Auntie Dawn, Auntie Vicky and Uncle Benny. It was good to talk with Uncle Benny in particular, as he is the one family member with a medical background.

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Grandma Phoebe in the Hospital

I found out over the weekend that my Grandma Phoebe was in the hospital. On Saturday, the family was alerted by the nursing home that grandma had a slow heart-rate. She was then taken to St. Vincent’s hospital, and the next day she was examined by several staff (an emergency physician, as well as two cardiologists).

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Happy 105th Birthday, Grandma Phoebe

Another milestone, for my Grandma Phoebe – as family and friends gathered to celebrate her 105th birthday. Lots of dim sum, birthday cake, balloons, photos, and no small amount of face swapping on our mobile phones. A fun day catching up with cousins and nieces and nephews from all over (and technically all over the world).

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Christmas Eve in Indianapolis

There is something quintessentially American about being Chinese-American, and ordering out for Chinese food on Christmas eve. Back when my parents used to have a restaurant, this happened all the time. But it still feels like the thing to do, especially around the holidays.

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Happy 103rd Birthday, Grandma Phoebe

A hundred and three years is a long time. I’m glad that, even though Grandma Phoebe’s memory seemed to come and go… when she remembered someone, be it an old friend or a family member… her face lit up, and she was all smiles. She absolutely beamed.

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