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Preface

Enter Mourning: A memoir on death, dementia and coming home By: Heather Menzies Preface (excerpt) “Your brother just called from the hospital. Your mother’s – “ I still can’t remember what word she used next. I had been primed. I had been prepared for her to be –...

Introduction

Enter Mourning: A memoir on death, dementia and coming home By: Heather Menzies For care-giving family members, there’s often a choice to be made: to enter fully into the experience of what an aging parent/spouse with dementia is going through, or to stay on the...

Chapter 1- The Ground begins to Shift

Enter Mourning: A memoir on death, dementia and coming home By: Heather Menzies Chapter 1: The Ground Begins to Shift (excerpt) Ready to sew some voluptuous new fabric, I trawl the pale thread off the spool, channel it smoothly through the loop and begin the tricky...

Chapter 2 – The Diagnosis

Enter Mourning: A memoir on death, dementia and coming home By: Heather Menzies Chapter 2: The Diagnosis (excerpt) ….Was Mum on the verge of something awful too? Was she getting Alzheimer’s? The prospect terrified me: the mad woman in the attic, the door locked and me...

Chapter 3 – The Clearance

Enter Mourning: A memoir on death, dementia and coming home By: Heather Menzies Clearing away the personal baggage, unresolved resentments, unexpressed regrets is as necessary as clearing out the family home. Chapter 3: The Clearance (excerpt) The stillness of the...