Writing an obituary is such a hard thing to do. In this one, Jeremy B. Jones manages to honor his grandfather, demonstrate what is important in life, and show us how beautiful prose can be.

When the notable figures of our day pass away, they wind up on our screens, short clips documenting their achievements, talking heads discussing their influence. The quiet lives, though, pass on soundlessly in the background. And yet those are the lives in our skin, guiding us from breakfast to bed. They’re the lives that have made us, that keep the world turning.