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Aging Parents in Crisis: What Can Be Done from Afar

It was my mom in Pennsylvania. She tells me that she has some difficult news, that my father’s been admitted to the hospital with serious delusions and she’s concerned for their future. I hold my breath. How could this be? I had just seen my father on one of my annual visits to my hometown only a month prior, and…

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Purple Is the Color of Love: A Journey through Hospice

Massaging her feet, the twilight draws me into a place of sudden and unexpected knowing. I trace an outline of calloused soles, cracked from the weight of recent years spent walking a harder earth than she was used to. An insight: Even though strokes took away her speech and much of her mobility, they can never take away this sacred…

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