End of a Life

This personal story about the writer’s experience with end-of-life care for her father reminds me of being with my grandmother when she died (at home, with pain management, after many years of treatment for cancer were ultimately unsuccessful, more than a decade before the affordable care act). I still miss her, all these years later.

A peaceful ending didn’t make her premature death less sad – but it did make death in general feel less frightening.