Grandmother, Key to the Family, Gone


Sept. 30, 2017, was one of the worst days of my and my family’s life. We lost the key figure of our family, my grandmother, Lucille Moore had passed away.

My grandmother had been in and out of the hospital since she was 21. Ultimately, she died from breast cancer. I was at a high school homecoming when my mother called my friend’s phone saying, “Tell Kera she needs to hurry up and get home.” I had a feeling. I knew she had passed away because before that we were going to the hospital every day since we found out she had cancer.

I, my sisters, and my cousins had to go through the pain of seeing my mother and aunt struggle with trying to get everything together for her funeral. They did not know how they wanted to do it, because they wanted it to be fair. They had to decide between days which cost more money, so whoever was coming could be able to come, or spend less money and have some family members not be able to come.

She did not have life insurance, so they had to find a solution for the money. Luckily we had other family members, who really loved my grandmother because she was a nice person who never told anyone no, and just because she was family, they helped pay for the funeral.

My mom and aunt are in the process of suing the nursing home my grandmother was in because the way she was treated affected her body. Basically, she was neglected by the nursing home staff.

The nurses could not insert an IV to provide her with the needed medication because one of her arms was swollen the other was too small.

She was in and out of the hospital for so long, but they did not once mention to my mother or aunt that my grandmother had cancer. How do you claim to care for others, at a job where you are supposed to understand people’s health issues? Good or Bad!

One of my sisters is in first grade, and she getting all A’s. There was a time where she was very sick with the flu. She had a hard cough and was not really active. This event brought back memories for my mother. It reminded her of when my grandmother used to be in the hospital and she had a bad cough.

My aunt took pictures of my grandmother and got a lawyer. We are still in the process of getting the justice my grandmother deserves. 

We recently got a call from the lawyer, and she was on board with it because it was a good case. Then, she received some results and said there is not going to be a settlement or trial. This made my mother so sad, she was so depressed and we did not know what to do. But, we got a call again and they found something else, so the case was back on. THANK GOD!

The one thing that will make my mother feel better is getting justice for her mother, my grandmother.

Written by Kera Dale
Edited by Jeanette Smith and Cathy Milne

Image Courtesy of Kera Dale


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