Heather Menzies led a fairly normal life sandwiched between a demanding career and a busy family typical of her baby-boomer generation.
???Then the ground shifted.
???Her aging widowed mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
???Enter Mourning: A Memoir on Death, Dementia, and Coming Home chronicles Menzies’s transformative journey with her mother as words fail and the very nature of communication is redefined. Family dynamics among sisters and brothers come to the fore as the roles and responsibilities of the parent shift to the children: from moving their mother to a seniors` residence to signing a medical power of attorney to the matriarch`s physical decline, to her safe passage into death. Menzies and her siblings experience growing old--and growing up--in touching and heart-wrenching ways.
???Grounded with personal, intimate photos, Enter Mourning balances poetic and practical sensibilities in its tale of a mother losing her grip on reality and a daughter coming to grips with her own.
Praise for Heather Menzies
“Brilliant work! Heather Menzies courageously depicts the reality and complexity of relationships that characterize many families living with a serious and/or terminal illness. Her story is honest, vulnerable, and intimate. It is personal yet universal, and describes her experience of coming to know herself and those she loves (or wants to love) in a new and meaningful way. Her book will be a resource to many who are seeking to understand the potential of a relationship with someone dear to them who is living with dementia.”-??--Dr. David Kuhl, author of What Dying People Want
“Heather Menzies recovers a history of her mother that had been completely lost to the ravages of senility. The insights she gains allow her to forgive, celebrate, and warmly embrace the woman she accompanies to the far edge of life. The writing is tremendous, eloquent, and richly detailed.”??--Peggy Baker, dancer and choreographer.