Since the Age of 11
Three of my grandparents died within nine months of each other when I was aged 7 to 8. My paternal grandmother died of a brain tumour in September, my maternal grandfather then died the following March of lung cancer and my paternal grandfather died in that June of a sudden heart attack, whist mid sentence in a business deal.
Both grandfathers ended their lives requesting the love of their lives, my maternal grandfathr's last words were a request for a cigarette and my paternal's last words were telling his customer that the price he offered was too low, so he was requesting more money.
My paternal grandmother, who had lived as an atheist in her final moments found her faith in Christianity, which then lead to a major rift between my father and paternal grandfather in his latter months as he disapproved that my grandmother had found peace of mind in her final days and blamed my father for bringing a clergyman into the house.
My maternal grandmother then died when i was aged 11. She was placed in a home when i was 7, suffering from Alzheimer's and for four years was unable to speak, recognise anyone or feed herself, she declined to she was four stone and then died of pneumonia. The day before she died she gained back her memory, talking for the first time in four years and referring to us all by name.