Actually I’m Lucky
While I’m completely devastated by her sudden death, I know it could have been worse. I had been preparing to travel through Panama’s Darien jungle, getting ready to spend weeks living with indigenous tribes of Embera & Wounaan Indians.
Had my grandmother passed away while I was exploring this remote wilderness, there would have been no way to contact me and I would have missed my chance to fly back for the funeral and grieve with the rest of the family. In this way at least, I feel lucky.
I know of other travelers who didn’t get this same opportunity.
The whole ordeal has reminded me of the fact that no matter how much you prepare for the unexpected in life, the universe may have plans of it’s own.
So if you get a chance, give your grandparents a call.