Fans of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, which detailed her highly relatable struggle to find her parents appropriate and affordable end-of-life care, will enjoy the “Epilogue” of sorts to the story in this week’s issue of the magazine.
Loved it. Perfectly captured the mundane duties involved in those final arrangements - the mundane duties that start out as meaningful. And a gentle reminder to ask your folks about things that they might not have wanted to share with you as a kid, but might be more willing to talk about to the adult-you. I found out from another family member that my parents had a child that they gave up for adoption before my brother and I came along, but never got up the nerve to actually ask. She suffered a stroke, and hung on for several more days, trying to tell us something but never was able to. And we were left with this "lost brother" who we may never find - alive or dead.