Tag Archives: end-of-life

Sliver of Sky

Sliver of Sky by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA Send comments to info@terryratner.com I knew ahead of time the exact route I’d take that evening. I needed no GPS or verbal directions to the restaurant where a group of writers were … Continue reading

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THE UPSIDE OF LOSS

THE UPSIDE OF LOSS This is where the past and the future meet. This is after my mother was killed by a speeding car, after my son died in a motorcycle accident, and after my husband passed away from esophageal … Continue reading

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TEN THINGS \ Part Three

TEN THINGS PART-THREE TEN As a young man, he called to tell you he was sick with the flu. You were concerned and asked him if he had any food in the house.  “No, I haven’t been eating much,” he … Continue reading

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TEN THINGS \ Part two

Ten Things by Terry Ratner, RN, MFA   Part 2   Five When he ate malted-milk balls, he sucked the chocolate off first. Thinking you weren’t watching, he’d roll the candies from one side of his mouth to the other, … Continue reading

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THE ART OF MUSIC

The Art of Music   Of all the astonishing things the human mind does, the most amazing may be that it can take sound and turn it into music, and then take music and turn it into meaning.  The rest … Continue reading

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Across the Street

  Across the Street   The man in the house across the street is dying. I began to notice it two years ago when he suddenly stopped coming around to do chores such as raking, fixing electrical outlets that weren’t … Continue reading

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A Study in Morbidity

A Study in Morbidity   The Last Photo My husband died November of 2010, at 2:04 p.m.—one week before Thanksgiving. I know the time because when he took his last breath, for some reason, I glanced up at the clock. … Continue reading

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