Grief Clouds Roberta McCain As She Bids Goodbye To Her Son
Kristin Danley 8/30/2018
Growing up, we anticipate graduating high school, maybe even college. We seek a loving relationship with someone who will one day become a spouse.
We marry; we start a family. We look forward to growing old surrounded by loved ones.
And yes someday, we expect those beautiful children we raised will be tasked with burying us as the circle of life becomes complete. No parent expects to bury her own child.
It's heartbreaking when a child's life comes to an end all too soon. Even if that child is 81 and the mother is 106, the grief is still raw and crushing.
John McCain's mother Roberta, celebrated her 106th birthday on Feb. 7, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. Well wishes rang out from everywhere for the spunky matriarch.
Her granddaughter and political columnist Meghan McCain tweeted a happy birthday to her "incredible Nana McCain." Meghan stated that her grandmother was an inspiration to herself and to others.
But just six months later, John informed his mother Roberta that he would be ending his treatments for a glioblastoma, which is an agressive and usually fatal form of brain cancer. He valiantly battled the disease for one year, but it had taken a toll on his body.
The brave POW and outspoken politician fought until the end. His family was sorrowful, but understood that the time had come, his wife Cindy shared on Twitter.
"I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.”
But John's mom Roberta did not speak publicly about her son's passing. A family friend shared with People how devastasted Roberta felt about saying goodbye to her beloved son.
"It’s a tough blow to bury your child."
We cannot imagine being blessed to have 81 incredible years spent with a child only to then outlive him. Our condolences go out to the entire McCain family during this difficult time.