Many People Die at a Young Age, While They Are Buried Many Years Later

Alireza Zare
6 min readAug 23, 2021

A Letter from my grandfather

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As painful as it was, my grandfather’s death, in effect, gave my life a new meaning, somehow helping me morph into a completely new person.

He passed away in 1992 while asleep in my aunt’s house. He was 73. A couple of days before his death, I visited him in his apple orchard. We were together the whole day, talked about this and that, had tea and laughed. He looked quite healthy, like always.

He asked me to stay for supper, which I declined since I had an important test the following day and had promised a friend of mine to study together. Anyway, I hugged him goodbye, like I always did. This hug was a bit different though. He pressed me so hard I could feel his heart beating and didn’t let go of me for a couple of minutes.

‘We’ll meet again. I don’t know when, but we will.’ That’s what he whispered to my ears. It was strange because we often visited each other a couple of times each week.

‘Sure, we will. I’ll be back to see you soon, grandpa.’ I said. He didn’t say anything. He just waved me goodbye.

It was early in the morning when the phone rang. My mom picked up. It was my uncle. I was somehow feeling something bad had happened. My mom sat on the floor crying, with the receiver in her hand. He hung up and said, ‘We need to go to grandpa’s’.

‘Why are you crying, mom?’ I asked. ‘Is grandpa alright?’

‘Yeah, he is. He’s just a little sick. Yeah, nothing to worry about.’ My mom said.

‘He’s dead. I know.’ I said and ran to my bedroom. I could hear my mom crying heavily.

We were there by noon. Hundreds of people had gathered, most of whom were crying. He was a well-known and highly respected man in the neighborhood.

I couldn’t tell who was the saddest, but I didn’t stay there. I went to his apple orchard. Now it had taken me around 10 hours or so before I let myself cry. I burst into tears the moment I got there, shouting, ‘Grandpa, grandpa, grandpa.’ I don’t know how long passed, but I cried for hours there, maybe under all the trees, with all the flowers and birds there. I ran the walking trail — where we would go and talk…

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