A Sad Sweet Feeling: Abe Lincoln on Grief

Several friends in my life have lost parents recently, and we have been sharing our experiences of grief in the aftermath of such losses. We described the presence of a potent sadness that we had never known before, or how previously forgotten memories of cherished moments return to us in moments unexpected, or how torrents of grief […]

A Grief Observed

“The death of a parent, despite our preparations, indeed, despite our age, dislodges things deep in us, sets off reactions that surprise us and that may cut free memories and feelings that we had thought had gone to ground long ago.”Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking I always heard that grief hits you most […]

Eulogy for Mom

I buried my mother this morning on a beautiful day in the late fall on the peaceful side of a hill in southern Middle Tennessee. I was overcome by the goodness of my mother and her deep impact on so many people through the simplest but most profound ways. I was moved by their stories, […]

Terminally Ill, Terminally Human

The blinding pace of the last month finally arrived at a rest stop last night, and the weight of the past few days finally hit me. While I have written little about the experience with my mother on my blog other than to report her condition, I realized yesterday just how much it has impacted […]