I’m not going to lie, the first time I read this book, I didn’t understand it. But after reading myself a few times, and doing some research on the topic of hospice care for people with terminal illnesses, I was able to fully appreciate the beauty of its story.
The author does an excellent job at weaving together emotions and thoughts that make sense in light of her own experiences. She uses language that is easy to understand yet still manages to be poetic about her journey through grief as she watches her father die slowly from pneumonia-induced emphysema.
The story is about a woman who was in the hospital, and her father died. The author’s father had pneumonia which caused emphysema that made it hard to breathe. When he went into hospice care they would work together on puzzles as she watched him die slowly from pneumonia-induced emphysema over time.
One day when his health improved he got out of bed, but before long became ill again. After this happened many times, she knew he only had a few days left before death took him away completely.
I give this book four stars because it told an interesting story with beautiful language while being easy to understand for readers without experience in hospice care or life after losing loved ones suddenly.