Family photos

Pearl G. Zinser died on August 5, 2017 at the age of 91. She was my last living grandparent and the only one for whose funeral I was an adult. The death of a family member hits differently when you’re an adult. Your responsibilities look different too.


I was living and working in Seattle when my dad called me. He said she was in the hospital and that it wasn’t looking good. I said I would start looking for plane tickets.

I took a red eye to Cincinnati where my dad picked me up and drove me to the hospital. I was curled up asleep in the hospital room when my little brother showed up later that morning. My sister arrived later that evening.

TODO: Add more details about that day.


I stayed to help my dad with the funeral arrangements. He had moved into my grandma’s house after retiring, slowly fixing up the place. That week while I was at the house I scanned every photo I could get my hands on. My intention always was to share the digitized photos with my family. Five years later…

Zinser Family Photos on iCloud

This is just a drop in the bucket, but at least I’m finally getting started.