I hope you understand.
UPDATED (May 2, 2012):
Thank you so much for all the condolences and kind words. It was a nice surprise when I logged back in to read them.
The death of my grandfather was very sudden. Apart from the aches that come with age, he was healthy and would have turned 84 this summer. He and my grandmother were married for 61 years. "My diamond bride," is what he called her since their diamond anniversary last year. I've never been around one grandparent without the other being near by—they were inseparable and very happy. I've read a lot of books where the love was instantaneous and would sometimes comment about how believable it really was since that not something that happens in reality, but my grandparents are the perfect example that it is possible. They met in 1948 while my grandmother was leaning out and cleaning the windows at home and my grandfather was walking down the road on a lunch break from work. They both told me numerous times—once they saw each other, their breaths caught and they knew.
I'll miss my grandfather's jokes and him telling me to eat a little more no matter how much I ate so I'd grow up to be big and strong like he did when I was a child and up to the last time time we ate together—even though I've grown as much as I'm going to :-)
I'll miss his stories—the funny ones, the ones that show how charming he was and the ones about the tough times in Germany and what they had to go through that show me how lucky I am to have grown up in a way that was normal for me, but a real privilege in comparison.
My grandfather and I shared a common interest in the history of our family. He was able to track our family all the back to the 1600s, but their was one thing in particular he really wanted to know. There is a town that has the same name as our family and he's always wanted to know whether it was a coincidence or if there was a connection. Not long before his death, I found the information he wanted. He was so excited to finally know and I think it would have always bothered me if I hadn't gotten him that information in time.
I don't think it's really hit home yet. There were a few times in the beginning when it almost did, but there were things that needed to be done—the most important of which was to make sure my grandmother was OK and help her deal with everything any way I could. She handled everything better than I would in her position and instead of thinking about what she's lost, she concentrates on the 61 years they had together that most don't get.