It has been less than a month since George H.W. Bush passed away, causing reactions and tributes from family, friends, and strangers to pour in. But even though George is gone, the family is trying their best to continue forward, as they recently shared a Christmas family photo.
One of George’s granddaughters, Jenna Bush Hager, took it to Instagram on Christmas Day to share quite the family photo. In the photo, Jenna is smiling next to her daughters, five-year-old Margaret and three-year-old Poppy Louise. Jenna’s husband, Henry Chase Hager is beside his family as well. Jenna’s fraternal twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, and her husband Craig Coyne, made an appearance too. Also in the photo is former president George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush. They are all smiles.
“Merry Christmas from the Family!” the caption reads. Well that’s a punch to the gut, looking at the fact that good old George isn’t there. Not part of the photo either is former first lady, Barbara Bush, who passed away earlier this year on April, 17.
Earlier this month, Jenna also shared a photo of her and her sister with George, reflecting on how much he’s missed. “Waking up missing this giant of a man who gave me everything,” Jenna wrote as the caption. “He taught me and my family about service, family, decency, the power of gentle words and a beautiful heart. I will miss him desperately but so happy he and my Grandmother are back together.” Jenna shared a photo afterwards that showed a drawing of her grandparents meeting up again with her late sister, Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush.
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This brought me such comfort this morning. I had the opportunity to talk with my grandpa about the afterlife. This is what he said: He answered without any hesitation. “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid. I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it.” And I started crying. I managed to choke out, “Well, why? What do you look forward to?” And he said, “Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost.” And I asked who he hoped to see. He replied, I hope I see Robin, and I hope I see my mom. I haven’t yet figured it out if it will be Robin as the three year old that she was, this kind of chubby, vivacious child or if she’ll come as a middle-aged woman, an older woman. And then he said, “I hope she’s the three-year-old.” Robin was the daughter this giant of a man lost years before to leukemia. The little girl he held tightly: who spoke the phrase I have heard Gampy repeat for my entire life, forever knitting Robin’s voice into the tightly woven fabric of our family: “I love you more than tongue can tell.”
The caption revealed what George thought about the afterlife: “Yes, I think about it. I used to be afraid,” Jenna said her grandfather told her. “I used to be scared of dying. I used to worry about death. But now in some ways I look forward to it…Well, when I die, I’m going to be reunited with these people that I’ve lost…”
George passed at the age of 94.