My Aunt Jani Hail passed away this week. I am just so sad, I don’t know what to say. There really isn’t anything to say, because this is a tragedy.
I can’t believe this happened. She and my uncle Jim had been so happy, they had a wonderful life, the life they always wanted. They were only married for 8 1/2 years. They have a 7 year old son.
Jani has always been so wonderful to me. From the moment I met her, I was her niece. She accepted me as one of hers even though she already had dozens of nieces and nephews.
When my brother was in the hospital, she Skyped with me several times. I came away from each talk comforted, during a scary and unstable time. Jani knew just what to say. What’s more, she and Jim paid for my last-minute plane ticket from to London to Phoenix so I could be with Stephen. I didn’t ask - I never would have asked. Jani just offered - “because we’re family,” she’d always say. I was so touched. I’ll never forget it.
When my grandma was in her last days last year, Stephen and I went out to visit her and say goodbye. Jim and Jani rented a car for us, so we could see her everyday, and made sure we had a lovely time despite the circumstances. And it was such a lovely time. They took us to the beach, made special food for us, and were so loving and supportive. We had long talks. My brother and I felt so loved. I am so grateful to them for this. For everything.
I last spoke with her about a month ago. She was so excited for me that I am now living in New York. Little did I know that it would be the last time we spoke.
I am in a depression over this. I don’t know how to feel better.