I have nothing new to add on the subject of death except that there's occasion to find regret in life and that one can only live perfectly imperfectly. My relationship was not vibrant with the father of my father (nor was it with my own father) but, even given another year to make amends, I don't know that it would have been anything more than it had been. And I'm okay with that. He was a good, flawed, man, and I'm a good, flawed, woman, and we didn't need to validate that for each other.
I read verse at the church—my aunts picked out some lovely pieces, and there's a part in mine, Wisdom 4:7-15, that I really like:
Having become perfect in a short while, he reached the fullness of a long career;
for his soul was pleasing to the Lord,
therefore he sped him out of the midst of wickedness.
My grandmother is still alive, but she is expected to go very soon as well. After a few more days? The weekend? It's hard to say. She, unlike my grandfather, is not a surprise. Her body surrendered years ago. But the waiting will always be a surprise.