Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad
by Patricia A. Nugent
Nugent has written a series of vignettes portraying the stages of caring for and saying goodbye to a loved one, as seen through the eyes of a daughter and her terminally ill parents.
"We don't have a secret handshake, but we could. We don't have a clubhouse or membership dues,officers or bylaws. Yet we are a billion-member secret society with a very steep price for admittance: losing a parent.... Words cannot adequately convey the experience of what it feels like. You can't even begin to imagine it; you just have to wait until you are inducted. And then long for the days when you were blissfully unaware that the exclusive club even existed."
-- From They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad