UNMASKED

I returned home with two coffees, black, and cream-filled donuts, my grandfather’s favorite. There, I found a 97-year old man silently sitting amidst his morning fog.

“I am useless,” he whispers to me, “this is painful; how do we live when we know that we’re not right in the head, that we’re going to die?”

I said little then, but now five years post my grandfather’s death at 100 when suffering from Lewy body dementia, I respond with this portfolio of 15 images speaking of intimate moments and questions about ‘how dying and dementia teach the living’.

In photography, as in life, the most personal is the most universal, the most intimate is the most communal.

In this spirit, these images are ‘fortune tellers’ whispering of the ways dying ‘teaches us to live civilly” AND inspire feeling, discussion, and action on:

(a) equitable end-of-life care,

(b) the essentiality of love-based disciplines as a baseline for civil engagement across cultures and class, and

(c) “the happenings” of the last days in a home of 50 years before assisted living.

We hoped for this…

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