As Jeremy Forbes watched his grandmother, Olga, take her final breath, he grabbed hold of her hand and said, “come on Olga, it’s time to go”.
After three days of teetering on the fine ridge between life and death, Olga passed away.
Jeremy and Olga’s relationship was special and it was strong.
“There was a connection between us. I can’t find a word to describe it. It was indescribable,” he told Mamamia.
Much of his childhood was spent with his nan and pa as his mother who was only 18 when she had Jeremy.
“We would go to bingo, to bowls, the things they enjoyed doing but my nan would always do the things I loved too like kick the footy with me or play cricket. We spent so much time together doing the little things.
“There weren’t big holidays or expensive experiences. It was things like me helping her use the kitchen vice to chop up vegetables for pasties and the time, love and affection she always showed me that made our relationship so strong.”
Jeremy’s connection with his nan transcends the barriers between generations and what some consider to be ‘real’ family.
“My mum was adopted so my nan and I aren’t blood related. To me this makes our relationship even more one of a kind,” Jeremy said.
This “warm, safe and loving” connection made Jeremy’s decision to sit by his nan as she passed an absolute “no brainer.”
“When I received the call from the nursing home to say my nan had deteriorated, I dropped everything and went to be by her side.