So very sorry for you and your family, Smerk. Probably your niece is staying busy to keep her mind off things. It sounds as though you have a strong and supportive family, which is important at times like these.
Not 10 minutes from getting up because I had a funny pain on top of my head, the telephone rang. I picked it up immediately to hear my sister-in-law crying. Erik’s mother had just passed away not 15 minutes before.
........later: Smerk, I am sorry for your loss as well. This has not been the best of Thanksgivings.