We met Noelle a few weeks ago when I interviewed her about caring for her mother with hospice support. Since we last talked to her, her mother died last month after five and a half months in hospice. Nicole describes those five months as a “slow free fall” and her current state of grief as feeling numb.
The death of a parent is a profound loss; both because of the relationship that came before and despite the relationship that came before. Parental loss in midlife may result in lingering feelings of loneliness, raise memories of former losses, remind us of unresolved conflicts, and make us wonder about life’s purpose. In the death of our parents we start to realize our mortality and lose our perceived buffer from death.
Listen to Noelle’s story about how she is working to adjust to her mother’s death. We hope you enjoy this interview. If you have a story you want to tell on this program contact Dr. Matzo at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.