my mom's aunt passed away last week. she was old, and her health was failing. although it is sad to lose loved ones, everyone agrees that it was her time to go, and she is in a much better place. although we mourn the loss, it was also a happy time to reunite with family. my grandparents, and aunt and uncle came up. we also got to spent the day with my mom's cousins-people i haven't seen for years. it was fun to get re-acquainted with them and catch up on their lives. even though i don't see them often, i'm grateful for my very extended family.