It’s been a tough year for the original Bachelorette Trista Sutter, who recently suffered a terrifying health ordeal while vacationing with her family in Croatia — a super scary experience that she feels could happen to anyone. And now her grandmother has passed away, prompting Sutter to share an incredibly heartwarming tribute.

Trista Sutter

Taking to Instagram to reveal that her family had to say goodbye to her grandmother Rosemary, Sutter revealed the connection between her loved ones and roses (which is so beautifully apt, since roses played a role in Sutter finding the love of her life on The Bachelorette). “In the book of my life, roses have consistently played a special role.🌹 But long before dramatic televised ceremonies existed, they represented two beautiful women who helped create my story…my mother, Roseanne, and my grandmother, Rosemary,” she captioned a photo.

She continued: “Today, my Grandma Rose’s chapter has ended…at least the one here on earth…and even though I’ve shed many tears today and will continue to grieve her passing, I can’t help but be thankful that it was finally her time. 🙏🏼 I am thankful that she has found the peace that she deserves after years of Alzheimer’s & pain. I am thankful that I now have another angel to watch over me & my family. Most of all, though, I am thankful that she is forevermore divinely reunited with her one true love…my grandfather. ❤️ ” Yep, we’re crying.

She ended her tribute by saying, “Rest in peace, gma. You and your feisty, fearless self will always be a favorite story in the book of my life. I love you. 😘❤️ #rip #grandmarose #loveroffamily #loveroffootball #loverofpurdue #boilermaker #youwillbemissed.”

If the memories we leave behind for our friends and family are proof of the mark we make while we’re alive, then surely Rosemary was an amazing woman. Our hearts go out to Trista Sutter and her family.

(h/t Entertainment Tonight; photo via Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Viva Brand)