Tribute to a Life

In July of this year, I lost my beloved Uncle Ian to Alzheimers. For those of you who have been through this, you know what a cruel and savage disease this is, devouring a person’s mind, memories and, ultimately, their personality.  As he declined, I’m grateful for the visits we had together, for we became very close and he, an opinionated, hot-tempered journalist, grew gentle and more loving — with me, at least.  With others, he could be explosive and unpredictable.  

Deeply Moving
A playwright friend of mine, Don Locke, had written a wonderful play about a divorced mother named Megan who brings her dad to live with her and her two teenage children.  The father suffers from Alzheimers and caring for him proves hard as he moves in and out of the present and the past, unable to distinguish between the two. Things get even more complicated when Megan’s sister unexpectedly arrives with whom there has been a difficult history.  The tensions and dynamics intensify at first, but, ultimately, the Alzheimers forces open a window into the father’s past that explains his hurtful choices,
heals wounded their hearts, and ultimately leads to family reconciliation.

Bringing the Story to Life
The play resonated with me so deeply that we produced a staged reading with a talented cast at the magnificent Mark Taper Auditorium.  Playing Megan was cathartic for me and made even more wonderful by working opposite William Knight as my father.

I thank God for the chance to channel my grief into storytelling, and for the many in the audience who stayed for the Q&A and were so deeply moved and enriched.  I also dedicated the evening to my Uncle Ian as a tribute to his life, the blessing he was to me, and the unforgettable courage and dignity he displayed right up to the end.  I grew to love him so dearly.

Today, I pray if you are going through something similar, that you may find healing in your heart, comfort in God’s love and strength for your journey.  God bless you.

“He comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”  (2 Corinthinians 1:4)

 

 


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