Last Writes

How writing can help you deal with grief and mortality

Gloria J. Deller, 61, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at her home…

So begins my mother’s obituary.

I was there, staying with my father and brother in the house I had lived in from the age of 11 until I left to go to college.

I had left my job in Florida to go back to Pennsylvania, knowing that my mother was in hospice care at her home, surrounded by loved ones. Her hospice nurse had told me over the phone that she may only have a few weeks…