Tag Archives: death

WHAT LOVE CAN DO

A day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died, Debbie Reynolds said — according to her son — “I miss Carrie. I want to be with her.” A short while later she was gone. Amidst the sorrow, especially for the family

THE DAYS AFTER

My next novel, which I began writing last year, opens with this line: ‘On the first day of autumn rain my mother died.’ The line came to me on one of California’s rare stormy days and, because my mother was

WHEN A FRIEND DIES

My friend died early this morning, long after midnight and long before dawn. She waged a fierce battle against the cancer that ultimately won. She had been in the hospital for 3 weeks and the night before she died she

ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY FATHER’S DEATH

There was a full moon the night before my father died. Like the moon a few nights ago that shone through my window, bright as a prayer. Eleven years have passed since my father’s death and, strange as it may

THE DAY MY FATHER DIED

June 5, 2004 was damp and thick with fog. I drove to my parents’ house at 5:30 in the morning after a restless night  — waking up often thinking the phone would ring at any moment with news that my

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