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My Uncle’s Memorial Essay

1012 words - 4 pages

Relatives are the people that sneak money into your pocket while your parents aren’t looking, people that spoil you with candy and toys. I was very fortunate to have loving and caring relatives that natured me as I grew up. However, there was an event that made my family weep an ocean but brought us closer than ever. I remember it like yesterday, the events that took place that summer. The news that shocked us all, and left a huge hole in our hearts, the day my uncle passed away.
My uncle, Terry Ngoh was a happy go lucky guy with a short fuse. However, he’d always have such a pleasant smile on his face even if he’s having a bad day. During this past summer, I returned home to Malaysia with bad news. My uncle had been admitted Sunway Hospital due to a heart attack. He managed to recover slightly but wasn’t doing very well. It was June the second at two in the morning, I was fast asleep, and suddenly my mom barged into my room. I got up only to see tears of sorrow rolling down her cheeks while stammering she said “its time, uncle terry just passed away!!” I quickly drove over to the hospital and my relatives were doing the same. While the adults were handling the procedures, I was comforting the kids and hoping they’ll be good for the coming months.
We were told that the memorial service was to be held at Xiao En, Cheras. Being the immediate family, we got there earlier than the rest of the crowd. Up till this point I haven’t slept nor cry for that matter. Reality didn’t hit me yet and it was coming and it was going to come hard. That Sunday morning, my grandmother lost it. We accompanied her to view the body for the first time and immediately she broke down. She started screaming and crying which in turn caused a chain reaction. Reality had hit us, he is gone and he isn’t going to come back. This isn’t one of his business trips where we’ll see him again in two or three weeks. We started to cry, not holding anything in. it was so bad our parents had to come in and console us while trying to hide their emotions. When the memorial service started, even on such short notice tons of people arrived to pay their last respects. Besides family and close friends, my uncle’s worker Mr.Bala brought over most of this staff. My mom said Mr.Bala has been working for my uncle since he was sixteen and I could really see the closeness my uncle had with his workers as all of them came and Mr.Bala was drenched in his own tears. Besides that, distant relatives that I never even knew from different states of Malaysia like Johor, Malacca and even Sarawak came. There was this lady talking to my grandmother and little did I know she was my grandaunt and she drove six hours from the...

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