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My grandmother died on Thursday. A few weeks ago, she entered heart failure and was told to expect 1.5–2 years. She already had leukemia. Last Saturday, she tested positive for Covid. Now, she is gone.

y grandmother was the only extended family around when I was born. Even her presence was unusual, because we were living in different countries at the time. Until I was nine, she was someone I had only vague memories of…