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Writing Despite Grief

from By Candy Arrington

An early morning phone call brought the news of my mother's death. Waves of nostalgia, mingled with bittersweet relief, washed over me as I recalled the physical challenges and cognitive loss that plagued her.

During the time I served as a caregiver for my aging mother, I observed this bright, independent, fun lady wilt before my eyes. Ironically, I was writing a book on caring for aging parents at the time. There were days when I couldn’t formulate a sentence and other times when I wrote whole chapters while sitting beside her hospital bed, coaching her through periods of pain and fear. After my mother died, I moved into a different phase of grieving, but by that time, I was well acquainted with grief. more

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