February 7, 2016

“Grandmother was soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove the old stench from her skin. The alcohol dried her skin and when she was lifted from the bath, her arms and legs flaked. Bits of her floated around the basement and gathered on mother and father. Sister, brother, and I joined mother and father at the preparation table. We felt prepared for grandmother’s body. After seeing grandfather’s corpse, we knew what death looked like. Although seeing a body was not the same as smelling one, we were more comfortable now. Mother and father washed and brushed grandmother’s hair.”

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