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A lot went on during that trip.  The day after my father and I arrived, my family (including my dad and his brothers) attended my grandfather's funeral in Hyderabad, at which my grandfather was cremated.  After a few days, we went to Lucknow and our family drove to the Yamuna River, a five and a half hour trip.  We took a boat to the Sangham, the meeting of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers to immerse my grandfather's ashes.  It took six hours, including a huge amount of time driving through billowing clouds of pollution.  In the days afterward, my father proceeded to give gifts to our relatives in India, gifts that my grandfather wanted to give them when he went to India before he died.
After that came several days of family members meeting and reminiscing about my grandfather.

Early on Friday, I was on the return trip to Washington, DC when my dad and I got very sick.  We recovered by the time we returned home.

The whole trip to India and back was emotionally tiring because not only are we dealing with the loss of my grandfather; we're dealing with the future of our family both in India and in the US, and how people are going to keep in touch.  And it's really exhausting to think about it.
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Englisheddie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Sounds like a difficult time, I hope that you are alright :)
crotafang Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thank you very much for your concern.  I'm sure that we'll be alright; it's just that last month was a whirlwind, and it's going to take a bit of time to recover.  It was difficult, going to India and back and dealing with the future of our family.  For both me and my dad, there's this sense of emptiness ever since my grandfather passed away.  On top of that, my dad is still talking with his brothers about how to go about carrying out my grandfather's will.

Englisheddie Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I know how it feels, I lost my grandfather just over five years ago, and it is a difficult situation to cope with, as is any death of someone close. I just hope you are managing to come through it with some optimism, and are happy to celebrate the good that he did in his life. I hope you feel better about it and you are alright man.
catelee2u Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you are back safe.
crotafang Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Thank you! :D
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December 4, 2013