I listened to this as I made my Mom's family holiday cookie recipe and tried to grapple with the fact that my Brother and I will be moving her to Assisted Living on Thursday - she is 88. This interview could not have been more powerful, more poignant, or more relevant to my world right now. I laughed, I cried, and I felt like Jane Gross was living my own life. I too am one of two siblings, a son and daughter, caring for our aging Mother. Like Jane, I never had a close relationship with my Mother, my Brother was clearly the 'favored' child. But we now face this new chapter in our lives together and thankfully we are very close, so it has made some of these decisions and other issues a bit easier to accept and work through. But it has been a challenge, being a type-A personality, to try to step back and appreciate this time for what it is. I can't agree more that we live too long. The time between a good quality of life and eventual death is simply not fair to anyone, especially to my Mother who asks every day 'Why does God keep me here?" This interview with Jane Gross is simply so powerful and so instructive and could not have come at a better time in my life. This was the best holiday gift I could have ever received. It only serves to reinforce my belief that we may not get what we want, but we always get what we need. I needed this right now. Thank you for sharing this with everyone!!
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