Tag: parental loss

Remembering my Father on the Fourth Anniversary his Death

(Excerpted from my book Terribly Strange and Wonderfully Real.) The morning of the day my father died he told my mother, “If George Washington could die, so can I.” Mom thought he was hallucinating, but I prefer to think he was giving himself a final history lesson, reviewing the names of all the presidents and great... Read more »

Celebrating my Special Birthday

I was really anxious about turning the “Big 7-0” on Labor Day. I expected it to be a particularly hard birthday. Getting excited about this milestone had been challenging, to say the least. I was ushering in my eighth decade of life, and that meant I was officially old. So unlike turning 40, 50, or... Read more »

Queen Anne’s Lace and the Slow Process of Grief

Yesterday, I saw a patch of Queen Anne’s Lace growing beside a highway and started to cry. I was overwhelmed by a wave of grief. My mother, who died in April, loved this wild flower. It reminded her of her own childhood summers when it grew in abundance where she lived.  She loved to pick... Read more »

Cleaning Out Mom’s Apartment – The Final Goodbye

As I approach my 70th birthday, I find myself an orphan. Of course, that is both lucky and sad. Many of my friends faced parental loss at much younger ages. I feel blessed that my parents lived long enough to see my children become adults, marry, and become parents. And yet, cleaning out my mother’s... Read more »