Glad My Grandpa Did Not Heed Ezekiel Emanuel's Advice of Death at 75

October 14, 2014 2:31 PM

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Glad My Grandpa Did Not Heed Ezekiel Emanuel's Advice of Death at 75

The scene of my last visit with my grandfather several weeks before his passing will be imprinted in my memory for as long as I am fortunate to live. He was 92 years old, and my brother, Jonathan, and I were sitting by his bedside in his small apartment in Lakewood, New Jersey. As usual, our conversation covered a breadth of topics including literature, history, politics, and law. Even in his frail state, my brother and I were riveted by his insight and were embraced by his camaraderie. Suspecting that this may be our last goodbye, we left his presence with a heavy heart.

Although his passing was hard on us, I remember feeling a sense of thanksgiving during his funeral for the insurmountable blessing he was in my life. Growing up, my Zaidy, as we called him in the family, was a constant source of wisdom and counsel. During innumerable phone conversations and visits, ...

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