Papap and Nana with Richie Thoughts from the Founder

A Tale of Two Grandpas

PopPop Richard F Spanier and Jessica Wismer

By Jessica Wismer, Founder + CEO of Scrumptious Secrets

In the past twelve months, I’ve lost both of my grandpas. 

I spent my childhood summers with my PopPop, where he and my grandma instilled many memories and life lessons. Pop and I shared a love for our alma mater (Stevens Institute of Technology), where he would come to visit and we’d enjoy many meals together. 

My other grandpa, Papap, traveled all the way from Colorado multiple times a year to be a part of my life. He taught me the importance of being intentional about our relationships and building strong connections with our loved ones. He was also a COVID-19 survivor (he fought through 45 days on a ventilator), but it was the lingering effect of the virus that took his life on Earth. 

I can see both of my grandpas in myself, in my child, and in my family. I am beyond thankful for the many years of quality time and memories that I had with each of them. At the same time, I still can’t believe how hard it is to lose a grandparent. It feels even harder to lose a family member during the pandemic — mourning someone without being surrounded by friends and family feels particularly brutal. 

I know that many of our customers, friends, and family members have lost a loved one during this pandemic. If you’re like me, you might be struggling with a lack of closure, a deep sorrow, or a need for connection. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone close to their own hearts. 

I am with you. My goal in sharing my grief with you is for you to know that you are not alone. I am here for you in any way I can be, whether that be through a conversation, comforting treats, or another form of support. 

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

In the midst of loss and grief, I am forever grateful that I am not alone. I can trust God to guide me through my troubles, and I can lean on my family, friends, and Scrumptious Secrets community to guide me through. 

We mourn. We celebrate. We remember. You are not alone. We are not alone

Jess Wismer

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