Category Archives: dying

Is it just the absence?

We lost my father to Covid-19 about five weeks ago.   These are the last few family photos we were able to take together. There is still so much to process about how we lost my dad, in the midst of … Continue reading

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Poem: Recovery

And when I die, They’ll blame me for not Having taken better care Of myself They’ll discuss my disease Of empathy and enablement If only she could have healed From her childhood Found a functional partner Put her father in … Continue reading

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Reblog: The Tipping Point of Illness by Charlie Morris

Below is a very good article by Charlie Morris from 2010 – one that didn’t make it onto his new website.   I’m reblogging this here because I’ve been living the truth of this article for several months.   Karmic situations … Continue reading

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Preparing for my father’s passing

It is hard to write that line.  You can’t ever “prepare” for your parent to pass away.  Yet as physical decline continues, you realize that there will be a moment that the medicines and treatments won’t meet. Death is not … Continue reading

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What I Was Spared

I’ve had very little time for writing the last several months. In spring, we had some staffing changes around my father’s care, and I’ve taken on a more active, day-to-day role in managing his care and medications. I’ve been acknowledging … Continue reading

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Omaha beach and the lunar eclipse

Tonight was a night that brought me to tears,  it was such a confluence of unusual circumstances. My son and I went to give my father his nighttime medications.  When we headed upstair to his apartment, I could see a … Continue reading

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What my father said

My father’s chemotherapy treatment yesterday went incredibly well.   I can only be unrelentingly grateful for the support we both received yesterday, because the medical situation is uncertain.   Even the chemotherapy treatments he is receiving are a new protocol for the … Continue reading

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Downward Moving Karmic Energies

About three weeks ago, we were at the doctor’s office with my father.  The doctor was out of the room for maybe 45 minutes trying to get ahold of some lab tests.   A while after he left the room, I could … Continue reading

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Attic and crawl space

Writing has taken a back seat to the urgency of life these last months.  Along with parenting, caregiving and working, now has come extensive home repairs. A good home can be your foundation,  a home with challenges can unseat you. … Continue reading

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Poem: Sight

I don’t want to see it I want him to be As independent as he thinks he is I don’t want to see The mechanics of the ticking clock Winding down Channels closing, even as remission Is about to be … Continue reading

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