What My Italian Family Taught Me About Community, Tradition


How one Italian writer strived to keep traditions alive following her grandmother's passing.

The following article, written by Gabriella Patti, appears on VerilyMag.com

WHAT MY ITALIAN FAMILY TAUGHT ME ABOUT COMMUNITY THAT OUR WORLD COULD USE MORE OF RIGHT NOW

When my grandmother died, I was forced to rethink how I could keep our traditions alive.

In December my grandmother died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I’m a fourth-generation Italian, and my grandmother was the epicenter of our world. At her funeral, I pondered how our family would fare without its matriarch; I began to fear that without her, we might lose the togetherness that is so central to an Italian family’s lifeblood. I was overcome by an urgency to hold onto the lessons she and my grandfather, who is now slowly fading from dementia and Parkinson’s, had passed on. I didn’t want us to forget the stories of where we started, the stories that held us all together.

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